The Yankees snapped their three-game losing skid after pulling off a 7-6 victory over the Tigers in the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League last Friday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Yankees entered the win column after grabbing the lead at the top of the seventh inning and scoring five runs. Darion Jones was credited for two of those runs, as his single drove Greg Iskawa and Zeno Dela Cruz home and the latter also scored the go-ahead run off a Tigers’ error. The Yankees, who were behind, 2-6, after six complete innings, also got an RBI single from Iskawa in the crucial top of the seventh, while the other run was made off a fielder’s choice.
Now on top, closer M.J. Sakisat and the rest of the Yankees’ defense kept the Tigers in check in the last inning to save the win. The Tigers, who dropped to a 0-3 record, were called for the first out after Ricardo Dela Cruz was beaten to first. Keene Deleon Guerrero was next at bat, singled, and stole second base, but was left stranded, as Sakisat struck out third batter Quinton Deleon Guerero and Paul Celis was booted out on a 5-3 putout play.
Jones, Iskawa, and Sakisat all went 2-for-4 at bat to put the Yankees in the win column in the seven-team field. Sakisat added two runs and one RBI, while Roke Tenorio also scored two runs for the Yankees despite hitting only 1-for-4.
Padres 12, Dodgers 3
In the other game last Friday, the Padres cruised to victory over the Dodgers to remain undefeated in six games. The Dodgers fell to a 1-3 slate.
The Padres scored in each inning to dominate the match. Patrick Tenorio and Henry Rabauliman both went 2-for-5 at bat and combined for three runs, while Kier Agda was 2-for-4 and contributed two runs. Jared Sablan also hit 2-for-4 at the plate and made two runs, two RBIs, and one double. Lancaster Secharmidal was 2-for-3 and added one run.
The Padres used four pitchers—Mike Muna, Virgil Secharmidal, Kainoa Wanket, and Angel Palacios—and all were steady on the mound, limiting the Dodgers to no more than one run in the three innings they scored.
The Dodgers got their first run at the bottom of the first off a Padres’ error, but had two runners stranded, as Muna struck out one batter and two field out. A Brian Camacho RBI single in the third gave the Dodgers their second run and they had a chance to score more with the bases loaded and only one out, but Muna got his second strikeout, while Steven Cabrera went back to the dugout on a 5-3 putout play.
The Dodgers also loaded the bases in the sixth inning after getting an RBI double from Steven Cabrera, but no one reached home, as Wanket struck out Camacho and Cabrera and Cedric Camacho went out on a double play.