Mariners sink Falcons for victory No. 4


The Mariners’ Nate Camacho, left, and the Falcons’ Jan Norita enjoy a brief talk at third base while waiting for play to resume during their game in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League last Monday night at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. (Jon Perez)

Wanket Kainoa and Devon Flores had an RBI each in the fourth inning, while Nate Camacho pitched three shutout innings, as the Mariners beat the Falcons, 11-6, last Monday night in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.

Kainoa and Flores made their RBIs in the Mariners’ six-run fourth inning, as the Pat Tenorio-coached squad improved to a 4-3 record and handed last year’s finalists their second loss in seven games.

The Falcons were up at 5-1 after three complete, but failed to stop the Mariners’ comeback bid in the fourth to lose the match.

Mark Flores led off for the Mariners in the fourth, getting on base on an error by Falcons second baseman Jay Kalen. K.J. Deleon Guerero then singled after Manny Villagomez struck out, while Nate Smith walked to load up the bases. Mark Flores eventually scored on Kainoa’s RBI single, while Deleon Guerrero reached home on a J.J. Lifoifoi wild pitch, and Smith added one more run on a Devon Flores sacrifice fly.

Kainoa also had a run on a Pat Tenorio single, while Ton Tenorio, who walked, crossed home plate on another Falcons miscue. Pat Tenorio recorded run No. 6 for the Mariners on a passed ball.

Shane Yamada went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple at the top of the first and made a run in the ninth to help the Mariners take the come-from-behind win. Villagomez, on the other hand, scored twice and had an RBI after going 3-for-5. Ton Tenorio, who walked twice, batted 2-for-4 with two runs.

Camacho tossed a one-hit game in closing out for the Mariners, as he struck out five and walked two batters. Jonah Flores pitched six innings in start, giving up four earned runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and five walks.

The Falcons’ bullpen—composed of Lifoifoi, Frankie Lieto, and Peter Lieto—allowed nine eared runs on 13 hits, while fanning six and walking two.

Kalen went 3-for-5 for the Falcons with a double, a run, and two RBIs.

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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