The Padres bagged the pennant in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League after beating the Giants, 6-3, in a make-up game last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Padres finished the double-round robin elimination with a 10-2 record, tying the Braves, who also won their last game in the regular season after a 10-2 triumph over the Yankees last Saturday. The Padres went on to prevail in the tiebreak, as they defeated the Braves twice in the elimination. In their first meeting on Aug. 19, the Padres eked out a 4-3 win and they scored a repeat, 10-5, on Aug. 29.
Lancaster Secharmidal pitched the Padres to the pennant-clinching win. He pitched in the first three innings of the match first played last Friday and nearly threw a no-hitter. Secharmidal allowed only one hit and struck out five to lift the Giants to a 3-0 lead. He also scored one run in the third inning off a Giants error, while the Padres’ two other runs in the third inning were courtesy of Jun Rabauliman’s RBI single and Mike Muna’s RBI double.
The game resumed last Saturday with the Padres’ Quinson Blas batting at the top of the fourth with only one out. The Padres went on to tuck in three more runs in the last four innings to counter the Giants’ three runs.
The Giants finished the regular season with a 7-5 record to place third and join the Padres and the Braves in the semifinal round, which is scheduled to start today with the pairings to be determined after last night’s final elimination game.
The Dodgers and the Cardinals played in the final match of the regular season last night and results were unavailable at press time. The Dodgers, pending last night’s match results, held a 4-7 record, and a win would have put them in a triple tie for the fourth and last semis ticket with the Tigers (5-7) and the Yankees (5-7). The tiebreak would be resolved via the runs allowed ratio, according to league coordinator Tony Rogolifoi. A loss would have booted out the Dodgers and gave the Tigers the last semis berth, as the latter defeated the Yankees twice in the regular season.
The Yankees notched a 5-7 slate after routing the Cardinals last Thursday, 22-9, while the Tigers also won their last game of the regular season and matched the Yankees’s slate after stunning the Padres last Wednesday, 4-0.
The Yankees broke the game wide open early, as they scored 15 runs in the second and third inning for a 17-5 advantage. The Yankees gained four runs off passed balls in the second inning, two from the Cardinals’ errors, another two from Jun Pangelinan’s double, and one each from Roy Tudela and Greg Iskawa’s base hits. Then in the third inning, the Yankees bagged two more earned runs and three off the Cardinals’ miscues.