The Falcons soared past the Braves after just four innings, 21-4, in the Natibu Sports Association Girls Fast-pitch and Boys Slow-pitch Softball League last Saturday at the Capital Hill Ballfield.
With the victory, the Falcons forced a three-way tie for the lead, as they matched the 3-2 records of the Braves and Blue Jays. The deadlock came with just a week left in the regular season.
The Falcons scored at a blistering rate right from the opening inning and neutralized the Braves’ hitters, leaving the latter with no choice but to raise the white flag early. After three complete innings, the Falcons were way ahead, 19-0. The victors had seven runs apiece in the first two innings and five in the third to put the game out of the Braves’ reach. The Braves finally ended their silence in the fourth inning, but failed to muster the needed runs to extend the game and prevent the Falcons from securing the win via 10-run mercy rule.
Dung Maratita, Kobe Lifoifoi, Ping Norita, Tanchu Norita, and Patricio Blas scored three runs apiece for the Falcons, while Dennis Cabrera, Nesh Nakamura, and Baby Rangel each crossed home plate twice.
In the other boys game, the Blue Jays were awarded with the outright victory after the Ayuyus forfeited for the second week in a row and dropped out of the league. According to league organizer, Bruce Norita, tournament rules state that a team must step out of competition after forfeiting two matches.
Now down to three teams, the boys slow-pitch division will have its last regular season game on March 16, while the playoff and championship rounds are set for March 23 and 30, respectively.