The Padres marched into the finals of the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League after dominating the Braves, 13-2, at the start of the playoff round last Monday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Padres and the Braves dueled for the first finals ticket after finishing in the Top 2 in the double-round robin regular season. Their semis game was also the first match played in the league for more than a week, as continues rain suspended playoff action in the youth competition. When the league resumed, the Braves showed some rust, while the Padres came out more prepared and cruised to victory.
Mike Muna, Kainoa Wanket, and Jun Rabauliman pitched for the Padres and allowed only four hits and one earned run. Rabauliman also contributed on offense with his two RBIs although he was only 1-for-4 at bat, while Khobby Kaipat also got two RBIs and went 2-for-3 at the plate. Muna, a late addition to the Padres, was only 1-for-2 at bat, but made a double and scored three runs. Also collecting two RBIs for the Padres was Jared Sablan, while three others added one RBI each.
Sablan recorded his two RBIs at the bottom of the second where the Padres began taking control of the game, leading at 5-1. The Padres got two more RBIs in this inning off Lancaster Secharmidal and John Camacho’s base hits and one off a Braves’ error.
The Braves were the first ones to hit the board with A.J Evangelista scoring at the top of the first off a passed ball from Muna. However, the Braves went cold in the next four innings before they ended the drought at the top of the sixth off Kody Kaipat’s sacrifice fly that drove A.J. Lizama home.
In their four-inning silence, the Braves had several chances to score, but could not complete the play. In the second inning, Frankie Lieto made it to third with two outs before Lucio Kalen was grounded out at first. Then in the fourth inning, Kaipat led off for the Padres and also reached third base, but second batter Peter Lieto was beaten to first and the next two flied out.
With the loss, the Braves were forced to play the Dodgers in a make-or-break game yesterday with the winner to challenge the Padres in the finals today, weather permitting.
Dodgers 6, Giants 1
The fourth-ranked Dodgers arranged a showdown with the Padres for the last finals seat after eliminating and stunning the third-seeded Giants in the other playoff match last Monday night.
’Joseph Atalig started out for the Dodgers and had a no-hitter in three innings pitch. He struck out two of the 10 batters he faced and walked only one. Brian Camacho came in for Atalig in the fourth inning and though he gave up one hit, he kept the Giants in check, allowing only one run and striking out three. Nathan Camacho closed out for the Dodgers, struck out three of the four batters he went against, and held the Giants scoreless in the last two innings.
The Giants only light up the board in the fifth inning with Franklin Lieto’s single bringing home Larry Sebaklim. The Dodgers scored in the second, third, fourth, and seventh inning. The first two runs came off an error at second base and a stolen base, while Jonathan Camacho gave the Dodgers their third run off an RBI single. Two of the Dodgers’ last three runs were made off the Giants defensive miscues, while the other one was courtesy off Brian Camacho’s sacrifice fly.