The Tigers tore apart the Cardinals, 13-2, to notch back-to-back wins in the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League last Wednesday night at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Tigers broke away at the top of the fourth inning, scoring eight runs en route to the easy win. The run spree started with Ricardo Dela Cruz hitting a fly ball deep to leftfield and Cardinals outfielder Ayana Ongelungel failing to catch it. The other Cardinals outfielder tried to help her out, but also fumbled and that allowed three Tigers runners to come home. The Tigers had earlier scored three runs also off the Cardinals’ erratic defense, while two more were made off base hits, giving the former a big 11-0 lead.
The Cardinals failed to light up the scoreboard in the first three innings, as the Tigers starting pitcher Justin Reyes allowed only one hit and stranded three runners, while reliever Jose Lizama took the mound in the third and got two early strikeouts. The Cardinals broke their silence in the fifth inning, but failed to mount a comeback in the last two to remain winless in five games.
The Tigers improved to a 2-4 record, as they survived the Dodgers, 3-2, in a make-up game last Monday.
Dela Cruz scored the go-ahead run at the bottom of the sixth inning, blasting a single, stealing second, walking to third, and eventually making it home off a passed ball.
Yankees 8, Cardinals 4
Also gaining their second straight win were the Yankees, who defeated the Cardinals in the second make-up match last Monday.
The Yankees (2-3) and the Cardinals were in a standoff after three innings, 1-all, before the former seized control of the match at the bottom of the fourth behind Gino Dela Cruz. The Yankees starting pitcher blasted a three-RBI double to put his team on top. Dela Cruz also reached home off Ian Lizama’s triple.
The Cardinals answered with only one run off a wild pitch in the fifth inning and the Yankees got it back quickly in the sixth off Darion Jones’ two-RBI single. The Cardinals tried to extend the game at the top of the seventh with two early runs and later loaded the bases with two outs, but Joe Monkeya was beaten to first base for the final out.
Braves 5, Giants 3
In the last make-up match, the Braves (5-1) edged the Giants (3-2) to grab the No. 2 spot in the seven-team field.
It was a come-from-behind win for the Braves, who were down after four complete innings, 1-4. The Braves started the recovery in the fifth with A.J. Lizama nailing an RBI single and K.J. Kalen scoring off a fielder’s choice. Peter Lieto then tied the match in the sixth inning when he singles, stole second, and made it to third and home off the Giants’ miscues.
The Braves went on to wrestle back the lead in the seventh inning off a sacrifice fly and a stolen base. On defense, J.J. Lifoifoi closed out for the Braves and got two strikeouts in two innings pitched. He also caught a fly ball from Franco Nakamura to end the game with the Giants in scoring position.