With Mother Nature more cooperative last week, the various leagues on Saipan resumed their respective competition.
The 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League managed to hold games on weekdays at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios with the Padres posting the biggest win to return on top of the seven-team field. The Padres defeated erstwhile leaders Braves, 10-5. Also gaining victories in the weekday games were the Giants, Dodgers, and Tigers.
With baseball returning at the Tan Ko field, the Padres’ Khobby Kaipat also regained the top spot in the batting race, while the Braves’ J.J. Lifoifoi took the solo lead in the pitching contest.
Over at the Oleai Sports Complex Field, the M-League finally kicked off its fall season last Wednesday with Sun Palace and the Thundercats engaging in draw in Division 2, 3-3.
The 2013 NMIFA Youth Fall League’s boys U18 division contest is also being played at the Oleai pitch with MP United downing Paire, 6-2. In the boys U15, MP United defeated Paire FC, too, 6-0.
Still in football, the CNMI U16 National Team played two of its three games in the the AFC U16 Qualifying Tournament last week at the Hankou Culture and Sports Stadium in Wuhan, China. The Teen Ayuyus first dueled the host country and lost, 0-14, and then suffered a 0-18 beating at the hands of Group I favorite North Korea. The Teen Ayuyus were scheduled to meet Myanmar in their final game last night and results were unavailable at press time.
Back in local competition, Su Hea Jin returned to bowling action after several years of hiatus and topped the Saipan Bowling Association Budweiser Queen of the Lanes’ September roll-offs. In the King of the Lanes, Paul Pangilinan picked up where he left off to notch back-to-back monthly wins.