PRESS RELEASE – Northern A’s 4, Sumay Braves 1
Budweiser King of the Diamond action continued Saturday night at Leo Palace Resort with the winner bracket matchup between the Sumay Braves and Northern A’s. A’s starter Jesse Miner Jr would go the distance limiting the Braves to 6 hits as the A’s would take the 4-1 win and move on to the final four to take on the Chalan Pago Amigos.
The Braves would get on the board first, scoring a run in the top of the 2nd inning on an rbi single by Jay Santos driving in Mark Parks who had singled. The A’s would answer immediately in the bottom of the 2nd inning scoring 3 runs on rbi double by Rick Miner and rbi single by Daniel Cruz giving the A’s a 3-1 lead.
That was all Miner Jr would need as he worked out of several jams and got great defense behind him. The A’s would add insurance run in the 4th for the final score 4-1. Daniel Cruz finished 2-3 with a triple and Lorenzo Flores, Johnny Aguon and Rick Miner added two hits each.
Davey Pecha is tabbed with the loss for the Braves despite going 5 1/3 inning allowing only 3 earned runs. Brent Blau and Jay Santos had two hits each for the Braves who fall to the loser’s bracket where they will take on Sakudee Sunday night.
Barrigada Crusaders 4, Blue Jays 0
The Barrigada Crusaders and Blue Jays finished off a suspended game due to a power failure Friday night. Already leading 2-0 the Crusaders would add a couple insurance runs to hold on to the 4-0 win eliminating the #1 seed Blue Jays from the King of the Diamond.
Crusaders starter Eddie Garza turned in a great performance on the mound going 5 innings allowing 2 hits with 4 strikeouts to earn Strike Zone Player of the Game. Brandon Leon Guerrero closed out the last two innings to pick up the save. Tyler Bautista was 2-3 with 2 runs for the Crusaders.
Barrigada Crusaders 9, Dirt Bags 2
The Crusaders showed no signs of let up in their Sunday double header taking on the Dirt Bags after beating the Blue Jays in the King of the Diamond loser’s bracket action. The Crusaders got another great pitching performance from Deshon Naputi who went all 7 innings allowing just 4 hits as the Crusaders rolled to a 9-2 win eliminating their second team on the day.
Dirt Bags starter EJ Lizama turned in a quality performance allowing only 4 earned runs in 7 innings but is tagged with the loss as his defense couldn’t help him out as the Dirt Bags committed 5 errors in the game. Chris Palomo chipped in 2 hits for the Dirt Bags in the loss.
Kin Fernandez had two hits for the Crusaders who continue on in the loser’s bracket and take on the Talofofo Rangers this Tuesday 7pm at Leo Palace Resort.
Sumay Braves 7, Sakudee 6
The Sumay Braves kept their season alive with a 7-6 win, eliminating Sakudee from the playoffs. Braves starter Mark Parks struggled early allowing 5 runs in the first two innings before settling down allowing only 2 hits and an unearned run over the final 5 innings to notch the win.
Sakudee would jump out to an early 5-3 lead scoring a run in the first and 4 runs in the 2nd against the Braves ace. Doubles by Larry Fejeran and Vic Fernandez Jr. would lead the Sakudee offense.
The Braves would break open the game in the 4th inning chasing Sakudee starter Matt Barcinas with a 4 run rally. Brave’s Mac Masaharu, Mark Parks and Dave Pecha would add rbi hits to lead the rally and give the Braves a 7-5 lead.
Sakudee would get a run back in the bottom of the 4th inning taking advantage of a two out error to push a run across and cut the lead to 7-6. But that would be as close as Sakudee would get as the Brave’s Parks would retire 11 of the last 12 batters to keep the Braves season alive.
The Braves move on to play the winner of the Crusaders and Rangers matchup this Wednesday 7pm at Leo Palace Resort.
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