Anthony Manalo was a menace on the mound and a power at the plate as he helped the Hustlers hammer the Toyota Matrix on Sunday in continuation of the Saipan Little League Baseball Association at the Oleai Sports Complex.
While the temperature soared at Tan Ge Field, Manalo kept his cool by fanning three, allowing a run in one and two-thirds innings on the hill, and picking up his swat stick to smack a single, a three-run double, and a two-run inside-the-park homerun for a total of six runs batted in.
Catcher Marvin Ngeskebei also has a decent day at the plate as he smacked a pair of singles, stole a base, and scored a run for his team en route to a lopsided victory.
Manalo handed off the pitching duties to McGarrete Dueñas in the second, and the reliever fared well blanking the Matrix and giving up a hit through the final two and a third.
The reason why the duo only pitched only four innings combined is because the Hustlers piled up 11 runs and forced the umpires to invoke the 10-run mercy rule after the Matrix failed to post another tally in the bottom of the fourth.
PATRIOTS 13, OL’ACES 1
The Patriots continued to pound the undefeated drum on Sunday as they dominated the Ol’ Aces, 13-1, with a combination of stifling pitching and explosive hitting to continue their reign atop the Major League.
Joseph Palacios allowed just one run off of three hits and fanned eight through four innings of work on the hill to earn the complete game win when the umpires invoked the 10-run mercy rule.
Four innings was all the Patriots needed as Tony Salas, Polan Masaharu, and Brian Camacho led the way with a barrage of hits from the plate. Salas went 3-for-3 with a single, double, and a three-run homerun, Masaharu went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles, and Camacho drove in a pair of runs off of a single and a double.
TANAPAG BRAVES 4, MCDONALD’S 1
The Tanapag Braves became the second team in as many days to deal McDonald’s an unhappy meal at Tan Ge Field as Charito Kladikm made his team smile with a standout day on the mound and at the plate.
Kladikm surrendered a run off of five hits and fanned a baker’s dozen through six innings, but the pitcher traded his mitt for his bat and went 3-for-3 with a pair of base knocks, a double, an RBI, and a pair of stolen bases.
The Braves only managed seven hits on the day as McDonald’s pitcher Peter Tenorio hung tough by allowing four runs and fanning 12, but catcher Peter Lieto broke through Tenorio’s front to smack a pair of singles.
DAN DAN JETS 10, OL’ ACES 3
On a day when pitchers did it all for their respective teams, hurler Jonathan Salas kept the Ol’Aces in check and whacked the ball around Francisco M. Palacios Baseball Field to lift the Jets to another win at the Oleai Sports Complex.
Salas allowed one run off of four hits and fanned six through five innings before handing the ball off to Nathan Kintol, and drove in a pair of runs off of two hits to complete his solid outing.
Kintol gave up a pair of runs off of one hit and struck out three to close out the final two innings, and his teammates found away to make runs.
Third baseman Jimmy Brel drove in a pair of runs off of a triple and left fielder Esebei Arurang got credit for two runs batted in after getting hit by a pitch and reaching base on an error.
NORTHERN ANGELS 18, FIELDERS 12
After trailing 10-0, the Northern Angels received some divine intervention to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth before blowing the Fielders out of the water with an eight-run explosion in the sixth to run away with the win.
Jesse Agulto went 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and drove in a pair of runs while first baseman John Benavente went 3-for-5 with two base hits, a triple, and four runs batted in.
While the Angels did a fine job providing their own runs, they received help from the Fielder in the eight in the form of two errors, a hit batsman, and a pair of walks.