Defending champions GSM Brewers stretched their winning run to three and moved up to solo second place in the team standings in the 2016 Saipan Baseball League.
The Brewers, who now have a 4-1 record behind the unbeaten Chalan Kanoa Bears (4-0), registered their recent win last Monday night at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield after dominating the Blue Jays, 7-1. The three-time champions also prevailed against Titanium, 12-2, last Friday, to hand the latter its first loss in four matches.
Pitchers Nate Guerrero, Terson Eina, and Vince Cepeda combined for a five-hitter game to help the Brewers ease past the winless Blue Jays (0-5). Guerrero pitched five innings and gave up four hits, while striking out three. Eina relieved him and allowed only one hit while fanning out eight in three innings pitch. Cepeda closed out for the Brewers and struck out three of the four batters he faced.
On offense, Nokki Saralu had two RBIs for the Brewers despite going only 1-for-4 at bat, while Tyrone Omar, Ricardo Dela Cruz, and Diego Camacho added one RBIs each.
The Brewers scored two runs each in the first, seventh, and eighth and got one in the fifth, while the Blue Jays lit up the board only in the sixth inning off Arthur Jebehn’s unearned run.
In the Brewers-Titanium tiff, the former drew solid games from pitcher Lancaster Secharmidal and Saralu to snap the latter’s winning streak.
Secharmidal pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits and walking two while striking out 13. Saralu on the other hand, went 4-for-6 at bat and scored four RBIs. Camacho and Ton Tenorio added two RBIs each after hitting 2-for-5 and 4-for-5, respectively. Tenorio also had three runs.
The Brewers managed to coast to victory against Titanium despite failing to score in the first three innings. Titanium got its two runs from Nathan Camacho and Jerald Cabrera, who reached off Jun Rabauliman’s single in the fifth and an error in the ninth, respectively.
In other results last week, the Bears kept their perfect slate after routing the Yankees, 14-4, while the Falcons escaped with a 9-8 win over the BSI Aces.
A five-run top of the sixth inning helped the Falcons steal the lead from the Aces, 8-4, and they held on against the latter’s rally in the closing innings. The Aces countered the Falcons’ one run at the top of the eighth with three at the bottom to cut the deficit to one. A 1-2-3 inning on the Falcons at the top of the last kept the Aces in the game, but not for long, as the former also got the three quick outs and stranded a runner at second.
In the Bears-Yankees game, the league-leading squad needed only seven innings to get their fourth win.
The Bears set up the easy victory via 10-run mercy rule after collecting eight runs in the fifth inning and adding four in the seventh. Jose Lizama Jr. led the win as he went 3-for-4 at bat and scored three runs, three RBIs, and three doubles. Peyton Lizama contributed two RBIs and two runs off his 2-for-4 performance at the plate.
Meanwhile, the Yankees were hoping to get back on track after losing their last two games as they collided against the winless Aces (0-4) last night.