McDonald’s hammered the Falcons, 18-1, in their Majors division game, as the 2019 Saipan Little League Baseball resumed last weekend at the Capitol Hill Ballfield.
McDonald’s started strong to ease past the Falcons, who were held to two hits by pitcher Dylan Santos.
The pitching ace also went 2-for-2 at bat in McDonald’s eight-run top of the first inning, scoring one run and hitting a two-RBI double in his second trip at the plate in the same frame. McDonald’s went on to make five more earned run and one off a passed ball to gain early control of the match.
The Falcons failed to counter at the bottom of the first inning with Santos getting back-to-back strikeouts and leaving runners on first and second base stranded. The Falcons were earlier called for the first out when rightfielder Ezra Ada caught Damien Cruz’s fly.
The Falcons’ misfortunes continued in the last three innings, as they struggled with Santos still working the mound for McDonald’s. Santos forced the Falcons to a 1-2-3 in the second and third inning and fanned four more batters.
A run from leadoff batter Noah Iguel off an error at shortstop finally put the Falcons on the board and they had a chance to score a few more with runners on second and third with one out. However, Santos again frustrated the Falcons as he struck out Dylan Lieto and Vinnie Sablan.
Santos, Casey Chambers, Isaiah Mesa, and Ada combined for 12 runs for McDonald’s, which pulled away just right after two innings, as it got six more runs in the second.
Little Legals 8, Comets 2
In last Saturday’s game, the Kagman Little Legals recovered from a lackluster game in the first two innings to beat the Comets.
The Little Legals were without a run in the first two innings and were behind by two runs before a four-run bottom of the third brought the team back into contention.
Ryan Dela Cruz had a two-run single in the pivotal third, while Austin Diaz blasted an RBI double and later reached off a passed ball to put the Little Legals on top, 4-2. Greg Tebit nailed an RBI double, while Patty Mendiola connected on an RBI single at the top of the second inning for the Comets’ first and last taste of the lead.
The Comets went down in the ensuing part of the game, no thanks to Little Legals relief pitcher Albert Adriano, who came in for Greg Perez late in the second inning and threw a one-hitter. Adriano struck out eight batters and stranded four runners.
The Little Legals closer also blasted an RBI double in the fourth inning where his team got two more earned runs, while their last run was courtesy of Jerard Muna at the bottom of the fifth.