Latte Amateur Baseball Starts Sweet 16


Guam – The Playoffs officially kicked off Monday evening with the 6th seed Agana Heights Cougars battling the 3rd seed Talofofo Rangers in the sweet 16/first round of the playoffs. 

Cougar’s starter Ronnie Cruz  opened the gave with a few nerves giving up a lead off single the Rangers EJ Chaco and 3 walks to K. Rabago, Nauta and R. Rababago.  Cruz wasnt helped by his defense who committed 3 errors in the inning to stake the Rangers to a 2-0 lead after one inning of play.  Cruz would settle down and match Rangers starter RJ Cruz for the next 3 innnings to keep the game close.

The Ranger’s would push another run across in the top of the 3rd inning on a lead off walk buy Barry Nauta and a rbi single by Robbie Robago to put the Rangers up 3-0.   Lead off speedster Jake Philips would put the Cougars on the board in the bottom of the 3rd inning getting on via an infield single and then scoring from 2nd base on a wild pitch to  narrow the score to 3-1 Rangers.  The Rangers offense would scratch two more runs across in the top of the 5th inning and it looked like the Rangers were going to pull away. 

But the Cougars answered in the bottom half of the 5th and would take a 7-6 lead with a big 4 run inning due in part to 4 Ranger errors.  But again the Rangers wouldnt go away and came out in the 6th inning jumping on Cougars relievers Sean Untalan and Vince Delgado.  Walks by Eric Manibusan, Mike Castro and Rob Rabago and a big 2 rbi double by Kagan Rabago sparked a 3 run rally that would put the Rangers back on top 8-6.   Ranger’s reliever Frankie De la Cruz would lock down the Cougars offense for the last three innings allowing only one hit and striking out three to hold on to the victory for the Rangers. 

The Rangers advance to the Elite 8 where they will play the winner of the Santa Rita Braves(2) and Team Guahan Soldiers(7).

The 3/6 seed game for the Ifit division was not nearly as exciting as the Proa division game, with the 3rd seed Chalan Pago Amigos taking on the 6th seed Ipan Rays. 

The Rays came out swinging and it seemed the Amigos never got things going.  Nate Weakly walked to open the 2nd inning and John Sarmiento welcomed the Amigos starter Pete Quintanilla with  a long double to left, followed by Jason Stoneburner who turned around the centerfielder for a triple to center.  Ray Aguon who was 2-2 on the night followed with a single to center to score Stoneburner and give the Rays a early 3-0 lead. 

The Rays offense would continue to roll scoring 2 more runs in the 3rd inning off singles by Cliff Rafael, John Sarmiento and Albert Doyle.  They pushed another run across in the 4th inning and 3 more runs across in the 5th to pick up a 10-0 mercy run rule over the Amigos.  Ray’s starter Paul Diego looked sharp keeping the Amigos off balance giving up only one hit in 4 innings with 4 strikeouts, but more importantly only 1 walk. 

The Rays advance to the Elite 8 where they will play the winner of the Southern Bobcats(2) and Yona Redhawks(7).

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