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Blue Jays, GSM triumph

BLUE Jays are off to a good start in the 2019 Saipan Baseball League as they nipped the win in their debut against Rockies 9-7 last Saturday held at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios baseball field.

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GSM’s second baseman Dennis Cabrera passes to first baseman Byron Kaipat for the out during a previous game of the 2019 SBL held at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios baseball field.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

Rockies were the first to draw blood at the bottom of the first inning as Blue Jays’ pitcher Noel Cabrera failed to throw inside the box letting three consecutive players fill the bases via walk. After a pitching change Blue Jays started to find their rhythm but could not stop Rockies from gaining runs as Keone Lizama earned a single RBI with a hit right past the pitchers mount while two more runs were collected off errors for the 3-0 lead.

Blue Jays retaliated at the second inning with two runs of their own thanks to Cabrera’s shot towards second base. Despite getting tagged out at first base, his sacrifice play brought in Ariel Mendiola and Andrew Camacho for two straight runs. They did not stop there as two more runs were added at the third inning off Rockies errors as Koby Foreman and James Salalila touched the home plate to tie the game at an even 4-4 with Rockies sneaking in one run at the bottom of the third.

Rockies kept their heads up and sought out for control as they answered back two more runs at the fourth as Blue Jays suffered the same fate with continuous errors for Greg Sablan and Austin Benavente to race home regaining the advantage and further extending the deficit with a single run at the bottom of the fifth 7-4.

But it was not over.

Blue Jays managed to keep the fuel burning with their fifth run at the fifth inning but it was at the top of the sixth where the shined.

From the start Mendiola and Camacho connected hits that kept them on base but it was Noel Cabrera that stole the show as he blasted one behind the fence for a homerun bringing in two RBI’s and three runs to snatch the lead 8-7 while Jess Mesa joined in capitalizing off another error to secure the win 9-7.

GSM had a free win 7-0 as their opponents Aces called in a forfeit.