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AFTER taking a one-day break from play around the diamond, the men from the Guam Masters Baseball League went right back into action on Monday night at the Paseo Stadium. The weeknight edition had two games slated on the schedule. In the nightcap, the Kleene Guard Cardinals rolled over the Santa Rita Braves and garnered the 18-2 victory.
Holding a 5-2 lead midway through the game, the Cardinals weren’t willing to settle with the slim three-run lead. The Braves couldn’t find any answers defensively and allowed the Cardinals to tag on eight more runs to make it a 13-2 game. In the bottom half of the inning, Santa Rita just couldn’t get anything started and was retired quickly to head into the fifth inning.
Kleene Guard continued to light up the sticks and built a commanding 18-2 lead after five more runs crossed home plate in the top of the fifth. Facing the doom of the mercy-rule, the Braves needed to muster a tremendous amount of offense to keep things going. However, the Cardinal defense proved too strong and the inning ended without a Braves runner finding their way to home plate.
The game was called after five innings due to the league’s 10-run mercy rule. Kleene Guard’s Paul Chaco led the offense going 3-for-4 with three doubles, five RBIs, and a sacrifice fly. Isaac Cruz got the win while Alan Cruz took the loss.
Kosrae Masters stun PacSports Giants
In the first of two games, the Kosrae Masters shocked the PacSports Giants as they picked up the 7-6 victory.
Kosrae scored four runs off PacSports starting pitcher Pete Delgado in the top of the first inning. Leading the early charge for the Masters was Arthur Cornelius, who was credited with driving in two runs on a sharp hit to left field. Later in the top of the third inning, the Giants trimmed their deficit in half after scoring two runs to make it a 4-2 game.
Kosrae added one in the top of the fifth, and two more in the sixth. PacSports scored one in the fourth, two in the fifth, but came up short in the bottom of the sixth when Kosrae reliever Aliksa Robert struck out the last two batters with two men in scoring position.
Kosrae’s Alik Skilling went 3-for-4 on the night, with a double, RBI, and a run scored. Ben Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for PacSports. On the mound, Robert got the win while Doug Bowling was dealt the loss.
The GMBL continues at Paseo stadium on Saturday with the following schedule:
- CTD Adahi vs. MTM Falcons, 10 a.m.;
- Chevy Silverado vs. Yigo Hunters, 12:30 p.m.;
- Yona Red Hawks vs. Pohnpei Masters at 3 p.m.;
- Yona Masters vs. Tamuning Twins, 5:30 p.m.; and
- Docomo Mangachongs vs. Asan Rai, at 8 p.m.