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BUDWEISER Baseball League action continued on Tuesday night at the Paseo Stadium with the Atkins Kroll Islanders and Moylan’s-O.D.C. Braves taking on one another in game two of a best-of-seven championship series.
Entering the game, the Islanders were looking to bounce back after suffering a 7-5 loss in their series opener, while the defending champion Braves were looking to inch a game closer to clinching their fourth straight title.
However, at the end of the night, the Islanders had no intentions of making things easy for their opponents as they equalized the series at one game apiece after dismantling the defending champions 8-2.
In the first two innings of play, both teams came out playing with some excellent defense as neither allowed the other to produce any runs early in the game.
It wasn’t until the bottom of the third inning when the Islanders put two runs on the board to take a 2-0 lead. AK’s Pat Alvarez got things started offensively as he nailed a two-out double to put a runner in scoring position.
Moments later, an error by the Braves allowed Alvarez to touch home plate for the game’s first run. Before Moylan’s-O.D.C. could end the inning, AK’s Pete “Pikachu” Guerrero was credited with an RBI-single that drove in the Islanders' second run.
The defending champions equalized the game in the top of the fourth inning to make it a 2-2 ballgame. With power-hitter Rico Castro at the plate, the Braves posted their first run after Castro smashed a solo shot out of the stadium. Later in the inning, the Braves’ JT Tuquero drove in his team’s second run after recording an RBI-single.
Atkins Kroll returned in the bottom of the fourth inning with a mission to not only retake the lead, but widen it as well. Capitalizing on costly Braves errors, Atkins Kroll scored two unanswered runs early in the inning to make it a 4-2 game. Later in the inning, a single by Alvarez would load the bases for teammate Miller Santos who drove in another run on a fielder’s choice. Before Moylan’s-O.D.C. was able to retire the AK side, Guerrero drove in two runs followed by an error by the Braves to make it an 8-2 game.
For the remainder of the game, the Braves continued to put forth a fight to try and get back into the game. However, a very stingy defense combined with strong pitching from AK starter John Pangelinan denied any opportunities.
Pangelinan pitched a complete game and was awarded the victory while recording four strikeouts. The Braves’ J.P. Aguon suffered the loss and was credited with two strikeouts. Offensively, the Islanders’ Guerrero went three-for-five with three RBIs, while teammate Alvarez went two-for-four with a double and two runs scored.
Budweiser Baseball League championship series action resumes tomorrow night at 7 p.m. with game three.