GSM rips Outlaws; Titanium prevails


A Titanium player, right, and Ballistics runner check the field before making their move during their game in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League last Monday the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Go See Mark pounced on the Outlaws, 31-6, while Titanium outclassed the Ballistics, 10-8, in the first two matches in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League this week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.

Titanium earned the win last Monday night, surviving Ballistics’ rally at the top of the ninth inning. Ahead at 10-6, going into the top of the ninth, Titanium was threatened by the Ballistics after the latter’s first two batters reached off the former’s errors with two outs and a runner on second. Closer Brian Camacho, who came in for Bill Camacho at the start of the ninth inning, got the two outs after fanning Adolpho Roppul and Jay Camacho, and then picked up a grounded from Keoni Lizama and threw to first baseman Joe Palacios for the third out to end the match.

Bill Camacho threw a no-hitter in the first three innings to help Titanium take a 5-0 lead. Designated hitter Glen Camacho scored Titanium’s first run in the second inning off the Ballistics’ error and then blasted a two-run double in the team’s four-run bottom of the third. Jerald Cabrera had an RBI double, while Juan Tenorio hit an RBI single in the third inning for Titanium.

Despite a 5-0 advantage, Titanium failed to pull away and saw its lead down to one, 7-6, after the Ballistics combined for five runs in the fourth and fifth and added one more at the top of the eighth. A three-run bottom of the eighth, however, gave Titanium more breathing room and it hung on to keep the win.

In last Tuesday’s one-sided game, GSM was so unforgiving that after scoring in each of the first six inning, it went for the kill in the seventh by firing 16 runs. Seven players in GSM’s top of the order reached home twice in that top of the seventh-inning barrage. Jerome Delos Santos and Roy Celis were among them and added two RBIs each, while the rest of GSM’s runs were posted off the Outlaws’ sloppy defensive plays.

Besides its 16 runs in the seventh inning, another highlight of GSM’s demolition of the Outlaws was Manny Sablan’s two-run homer at the top of the fifth.

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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