PRESS RELEASE – Northern A’s, Rangers advance in Budweiser Championships
Budweiser King of the Diamond action continued Tuesday night at Leo Palace Resort with the #2 seed Northern A’s taking on the #7 seed Kosrae Speedos. The Northern A’s would score 6 runs in the 2nd inning and take down the Speedos with a 10-0 5 inning mercy rule win.
Northern A’s leadoff hitter Daniel Cruz was a perfect 4-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 rbi to lead the A’s offense including a big triple in the 2nd inning to lead a 6 run rally. Lorenzo Flores also added a triple and was 3-4 with 2 rbi in the game.
The Speedos threatened in the top of the 1st with Renta Ruben tripling with two outs in the 1st inning but A’s starter Johnny Aguon was able to get the last out to keep Ruben at 3rd and the Speedos off the board. The Speedos managed only 3 hits against Aguon who went 5 innings with 6 strikeouts to notch the win.
The A’s advance in the winners bracket and play the Barrigada Crusaders on Sunday at 3pm. The Speedos drop to the losers bracket and take on the Dirt Bags Saturday at 3pm. All games at beautiful Leo Palace Baseball Stadium.
In Monday action the #3 Talofofo Rangers advanced to the winner’s bracket with a 10-6 win over #2 Sakudee. With the Rangers on top 10-6 with no outs in the top of the 7th the game was called official when Sakudee made a substitution with no players remaining on their bench.
Zach De la Cruz and Andrew Taijeron share Strike Zone Player of the Game. De la Cruz continued his hot hitting going 2-2 with a walk and 2 rbi. Taijeron was 1-3 with 2 runs, 1 rbi and a great diving play at shortstop to end a 6th inning Sakudee rally.
Lawrence Aflague turned in several nice plays at shortstop for Sakudee and was 2-2 with a double, triple, 2 runs and an rbi.
Ranger’s starter Robbie Rabago picks up the win for the Rangers and Frank Santos Jr earns the save with 3 innings of relief allowing no earned runs. Vic Fernandez Sr is tagged with the loss for Sakudee.
Rangers advance to the winner’s bracket and play the winner of the #1 Chalan Pago Amigos and #4 Yona. Sakudee drops down to the losers bracket and take on the #5 Asan Guns Saturday at 6pm.
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