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POST-SEASON action in the Guam Masters Baseball League was in full swing as action got started Tuesday night at the Paseo Stadium.
Two games in the Panak Division were slated on the night schedule. In the first game of the evening, the 8th-seeded A.C.I. Masters took on the 9th-seeded Mongmong-Toto-Maite Falcons. At the end of five innings of play, the Masters claimed victory after dismantling the Falcons 16-6. The game was cut short due to the league’s 10-run mercy rule.
Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, the Masters trailed the Falcons 6-2. It was then that A.C.I. lit up the offense and sent 17 batters to the plate. With all the offensive production, the Masters were able to post 14 huge runs on the scoreboard, forcing the game to be called as the mercy rule went into effect.
Pitching for A.C.I., Dave Cruz was given the victory from the mound, while the Falcons’ Glen Palomo was dealt the loss. From the plate, A.C.I.’s Ken Manibusan went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, while teammate Dave Cruz went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
In the losing effort, MTM’s Candido Naputi and Leon Bamba went a combined 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
With the victory, A.C.I. moves on to the next round of the playoffs to take on the top-seeded Chevy Silverado tonight at 6 p.m.
Asan Rai 8, Tamuning Twins 4
In the nightcap, the 4th-seeded Asan Rai defeated the Tamuning Twins 8-4 and advances in the playoffs. Asan took an early 4-0 lead after one and never looked back. Later in the top of the sixth inning, the Twins needed at least four runs to keep the game going. However, with two men on and two outs, the Rai’s Luis Camacho tracked down a deep flyball hit to centerfield by Tamuning’s Ron Raguindin for the third out to end the game.
Bruce Fejeran earned the win from the mound, while Denis Rivera suffered the loss. The Asan Rai advance to play the winner of the Chevy vs. A.C.I game on July 10 at 8:30 p.m.