Blue Jays ease past Braves

The Blue Jays’ Jordan Babauta is set to hit the ball during their game against the Braves in the Natibu Sports Association Girls Fast-pitch and Boys Slow-pitch Softball League last Saturday at the Capital Hill Ballfield. (Roby N. Pamintuan)

The Blue Jays ended the regular season on a high note after doubling up the Braves, 17-8, in the Natibu Sports Association Girls Fast-pitch and Boys Slow-pitch Softball League last Saturday at the Capital Hill Ballfield.

Behind, 0-3, after the first complete innings, the Blue Jays had a 10-run top of the second and shut down the Braves at the bottom to grab the upper hand. Jordan Babauta kicked off the Braves’ outburst in the game-changer second inning with a solo homer, while Henry Fleming blasted a two-run homer later. Fleming’s homer allowed James Salalila to make a beeline to home plate. Jun Celis stepped up to the plate after Fleming and earned a triple, while JP Celis fired off a single and sent his younger brother home.

The Braves were able to stop the bleeding in the second inning when they struck out Thomas Agulto, but much of the damage had already been dealt.

In the third and fourth innings, both teams stayed relatively silent, as the Blue Jays only managed to score once, while the Braves were shut out. The Braves then showed some signs of life in the fifth inning, as Awang Tudela’s homer sent J.J. Sablan and Kyle Kapileo home. Boss Camacho rounded out the Braves’ four-run bottom of the fifth inning to cut the deficit to four, 7-11.

However, the Blue Jays iced the game after scoring six runs in the last two innings. Cody Foreman had a two-run homer in the seventh inning to close things out for the Blue Jays. Salalila, Fleming, and JP Celis also scored for the Blue Jays in the final inning.

With the victory, the Blue Jays finished the season as the No. 2 team with their 4-2 record, while the Braves came in at third with their 3-3 card.

Meanwhile, weather permitting, the Braves and Blue Jays will meet again and this time in a playoff matchup this Saturday at 2pm. The winner of the do-or-die bout will advance to the finals on Mar. 30 and play against the top-ranked Falcons (5-1).

Roby N. Pamintuan

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