Your Balls hoists men’s championship
Your Balls pulled off a dramatic 10-9 win over Natibu to take the men’s championship in the Chamolinian Softball Association’s 2nd Budweiser Softball League last Friday night at the Capital Hill Ballfield.
Behind by three runs at bottom of the seventh inning of Game 1, 6-9, Your Ball’s JP Lizama hit a three-run homer and Vince Sablan Jr. made a walk-off solo blast to steal the crown from Natibu, which settled for another bridesmaid finish this season.
Your Balls needed only to defeat Natibu in Game 1, as the former enjoyed a twice-to-beat advantage in the finale after sweeping its first three games in the playoffs. The No.5-ranked Your Balls went past Manelos (No. 4), dethroned champions Man Amigos (No. 1), and the eventual third place finisher Gagu Eyez (3) before toppling Natibu last Friday.
Your Balls roster also includes Norman Angui Jr., Eugene, Joseph and Joshua Arriola, Giovanni Ayuyu, Frank Hocog, Steve Igisiar, Byron, Jun, Kyle, and Marvin Kaipat, Audie and John Maratita, AJ Murig, Jordan Ogo Vincent P. Sablan, Oliver Secharmedal and Mike Taitano.
Ned Norita got things going for Natibu, as he left the yard for two runs in the first inning. Your Balls’ Juan Maratita answered with a triple and was driven hom by Audie Maratita to make it a one-run game.
The count shifted to 3-1 in the second inning after Your Balls countered a solo blast from Natibu’s BJ Sablan with three hits. Igisiar singled in Secharmedal.
Then an RBI single by Natibu’s Jerry Guerrero was followed by a two-un homer from Bruce Norita, but Your Balls remained in hot pursuit, 5-6, as an error and a double set up a three-un home from Kyle Kaipat in the bottom frame.
Your Balls’ Ayuyu tied the match with a leadoff solo shot in the fourth and a standoff ensued for the next two innings.
Natibu stuffed Your Balls 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth frames and pushed the envelope, 9-6, in the top of the seventh with four hits. Secharmedal then led off for Your Balls in the last inning and hit a double, while Ayuyu reached on an error that set up the game-tying three-run bomb from JP Lizama with zero outs. A fly out later, Vince Sablan Jr. airmailed the final blow to centerfield.
By Walter J. Sutherland