Back-to-back victories for Comets

The Braves, left, and Comets catchers warm-up during their first round meeting in the Majors division of the 2019 Saipan Little League Baseball at the Capitol Hill Ballfield. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Comets were on target last weekend after getting two wins in the Majors division of the 2019 Saipan Little League Baseball.

The Comets first routed the NSA Braves, 17-3, last Saturday at the Capitol Hill Ballfield and then coasted past the Twins last Sunday, 20-4, to improve their record to 4-3, tying the Falcons in third spot in the team standings. The Kagman Little Legals (6-2) still lead the division, while McDonald’s (4-11) is ranked second and the Braves (1-6) and Twins (0-6) are at the bottom two.

Jayquin Lizama pitched for the Comets in their game against the Braves, giving up only four hits and two earned runs. With Lizama on the mound, the Braves was held to one run after two innings before a two-run double from Marino Santos in the third inning gave the losing squad their second and third run. Lizama then struck out the Braves’ first three batters at the top of the fourth, moving the Comets closer to an early win.

The Comets went on to finish off the Braves at the bottom of the fourth after scoring eight runs to take the victory via 10-run mercy rule. James Blas led the Comets’ strong finish after hitting a three-run single, while Joshua Macaranas had a two-run single, Lizama blasted an RBI double, and Javen Camacho made an RBI single.

The Comets recorded the easy victory despite making only one run in the first inning. The winning team slowly pulled away after adding eight runs in the second and third inning and completed the blowout in the fourth.

After crushing the Braves, the Comets picked up where they left off, whipping the Twins in the second game last Sunday.

This time, the Braves got off to a strong start, bagging nine runs at the top of the first inning to set the tone in the game. The Twins countered with only three runs at the bottom, but that was it for the winless squad, while the Braves widened the gap after drilling 11 runs to sweep their two matches over the weekend.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.
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