Falcons soar to fifth victory


The Falcons’ Christian Gonzales prepares to throw a pitch against a Bank of Saipan batter during their game in the Majors division of the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball last Friday at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield. (Jon Perez)

The Falcons secured their fifth win after an 8-5 decision over Bank of Saipan in last Friday’s game in the Majors division of the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield.

Christian Gonzales pitched three innings of the one-hit game, struck out seven, and walked one. He was tagged with one earned run when Jesus Tydingco, who singled, stole home.

Achilles Evangelista tossed 1 1/3 innings in start, surrendering three hits on three runs, all earned, with two strikeouts and no walk.

Andre Iguel pitched the entire second, relieving Evangelista when Jake Aguon was about to bat. He retired Aguon and Antonio Cabrera to sandwich an Ezra Ada walk, who later scored on a Jesse Stole RBI triple. Iguel, however, bounced back when he caught Stole—off a throw by catcher Miko Tomokane—trying to steal home to end the second.

Chris Pangelinan had a two-RBI double at the bottom of the third and scored one run when he was walked in the second and crossed home plate on an RBI single by Vinnie Sablan.

Braves 7, Comets 6
Jylon Sablan struck out 12, while Joel Borja and Ethan Magofna went 2-for-3 each in the NSA Braves’ slim victory over the Comets.

Sablan was almost unhittable at the plate before allowing an infield single to Comets shortstop Pettey Mendiola at the top of the third inning. He gave up an earned run to Benji Manglona also in the third when he walked the Comets right fielder.

Borja had an RBI double at the bottom of the first inning to bring in Angelo Igitol, who got on base on a Mendiola error. Borja’s second RBI came in the fourth when Igitol scored his third run on the former’s RBI single. Magofna, who singled in the fourth, also scored on a Wally Chong sacrifice bunt.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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