The Comets I and II had mixed fortunes against their respective foes as action in the Juniors division of the Saipan Little League continued over the weekend at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
Comets I banked on Bing Nakamura’s batting and J.P. Castro’s pitching in completing a 9-5 win over the NSA Braves last Saturday.
Nakamura, with no out and two runners on base, belted an inside-the-park home run at the top of the third, as Comets I jumped to a 6-0 lead after two and a half innings.
Justin Agulto led off with a single, while Castro was next at bat and had another hit for Comets I, setting up Nakamura’s bases-clearing triple. Reid Teregeyo walked, stole second, and later scored on a Nate Aizon RBI single. Aizon also stole second, but was caught out at third on a quick throw made by Braves catcher Tristan Norita to third baseman Lufo Babauta. Comets I failed to score after that, as Justin Matagolai and Ross Arriola grounded out to first.
Castro pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs on two hits with nine strikeouts and five walks.
Nakamura closed out for Comets I, forcing Braves leadoff batter Antonio Norita to ground out to first.
Heath Camacho was already good for a single, but he tried to stretch it to second base where he was caught out after center fielder Agulto made the quick throw to second baseman Arriola.
Nakamura walked Isidro Cabrera and then ended the game when he struck out Patrick Quitugua.
Fielders 15, Comets II 3
Delbert Sablan allowed five hits with no earned runs, while striking out five and walking two in five innings on the mound.
Sablan also had an RBI triple in the sixth, while Shane Borja and Justin Aguon drove in a run each for the Fielders.
The Fielders had a six-run third inning to set up the early victory via 10-run mercy rule. The Comets II scored only one run each in the first, fifth, and sixth inning.