Little Legals, Braves pound foes


An NSA Braves pitcher throws to the plate during an earlier game against the Falcons in the Majors division of the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield. The Braves played last Saturday and defeated the Comets, 13-1. (Jon Perez)

The Little Legals and the Natibu Sports Association Braves routed their respective opponents in last Saturday’s games in the Majors division of the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield.

The Legals clinched their fifth straight win after a 13-1 crushing of the Comets to remain in second place behind the idle Falcons (6-0), while the Braves beat the Twins in similar scores.

Gunner Sablan pitched a no-hitter in leading the Little Legals to a victory in the shortened game and he also struck out 12 and walked only two. The Comets’ lone run was unearned.

Sablan then went perfect at the plate, 3-for-3, with a double and a triple to go with his three runs and four RBIs. His two-RBI double in the fifth gave the Little Legals a commanding 12-1 lead. The pitcher went on to end the game when he consecutively retired Greg Tobit, Boss Blas, and Tristan Sablan.

Cardi Borja also went 3-for-3 with a double, a triple, three runs, and two RBIs for the streaking Little Legals, while Gregory Pangelinan scored twice and had an RBI double after going 2-for-3.

Reed Camacho batted only 1-for-2, but had an RBI triple and reached home in the third inning, while Benji Palacios went 2-for-4 with one run to complete the Little Legals’ demolition of the Comets.

Sam Aldan, who got on base on an error by Little Legals third baseman Jon Diaz and stole second, scored the Comets’ lone run on a throwing error by the latter at the top of the first inning.

Braves 13, Twins 1
The Braves used a 10-run first inning in completing the one-sided match against the Twins.

Justin Camacho drove in four runs and scored twice on a 2-for-2 batting. He also pitched a complete game, limiting the Twins to two hits, striking out six, and walking four batters.

Jylon Sablan went 2-for-2 with one run and two RBIs for the Braves, while Willy Joe Lieto, 1-for-3, had an RBI double and scored one run.

Daryl Tomokane, who walked, made the lone run for the Twins on a Braves error in the second inning.

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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