Falcons rip Twins for sixth victory


The Talaabwogh Falcons buckled down to work in the last two innings to rout the Twins, 15-2, in the Majors division game in the 2019 Saipan Little League Baseball last Sunday at the Capitol Hill Ballfield.

The Falcons combined for 14 runs in the third and fourth inning, going all out in the last as they scored 10 to claim the early win via 10-run mercy rule. The Falcons got their sixth victory in nine games, while the Twins are still winless in eight matches.

Before their strong finish, the Falcons were behind, 1-2, after giving up two runs at the bottom of the first inning. Miah Yokuta had an RBI double and also reached off a Falcons error for the Twins’ pair of runs at the bottom of the opening inning. Earlier, at the top, Noah Iguel blasted an RBI double to put the Falcons on the board.

Iguel went on to record four more RBIs and hit 3-for-4 at bat, as he led the Falcons’ surge in the last two innings. The first baseman had back-to-back two-RBI singles in the third and fourth inning, batted twice in the last, and scored two runs.

Delton Lieto, on the other hand, logged a two-RBI double in the third, as he and Iguel handed the Falcons the lead after three complete innings, 5-2.

Then at the top of the fourth and last inning, the Falcons pulled away, making one run after another. Besides Noah’s Iguel’ two-run double, Matt Tomokane also had a two-RBI double, and Andrew Iguel, Xavier Magofna, and Achilles Evangelista each registered an RBI single. Evangelista and Damien Cruz had two runs apiece at the top of the fourth.

Cruz went on to finish the job for the Falcons at the bottom of the fourth after relieving Magofna and the former started his shift by striking out Twins leadoff batter Jon Pinaula. The Twins were then called for the two quick outs, as Franklin Reyes was beaten to first on a 4-3 play, while Brandon Tesiro singled, but was stranded after Cruz fanned Devin Yumul.

Blue Jays 6, Marlins 5
In the lone Minors division game last weekend, the Blue Jays edged the defending champions Kagman Marlins.

Pitcher Nick Sablan scored the winning run at the bottom of the extra inning, as he reached off an error from the Marlins catcher. Earlier at the top of the first inning, Sablan struck out T.J. Dela Cruz to complete a 1-2-3 inning, as the Marlins’ first two batters were both beaten to first.

With the close victory, the Blue Jays improved their record to 3-2, while the Marlins have yet to enter the win column after five matches. Idle NSA Braves lead the division with their undefeated 4-0 mark.

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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