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Lahaina, Maui July 10, 2011
PIRATES PLANK DIRTBAGS, 19-3
The LaPerouse Pirates plundered Upcountry’s Dirtbags in the season opener, 19-3, behind a 16-hit attack that saw six players with two hits or more. The Pirates jumped on top 7-0 in the first inning, and had a 10-run lead by the end of the second.
Johnny Martinez, 2-for-2 at the plate, had a big opening day for the Bucs, with two runs scored and three RBI.
Joel VanDenberg went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, and picked up the win on the mound with an effective five innings of work. He scattered six hits, digging deep and making key pitches in clutch situations. He was backed by a stellar Pirate defense, anchored by third baseman Daniel Morris, who also went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI.
Alex Antonio was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and an RBI, and Buc manager Mikey Marcotte capped his debut win with a nice 2-for-5 day, with three runs scored.
The Dirtbags’ offense finally found traction in the sixth, as they scored two runs. Dave Perzinski was 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and Steve Hart had a nice two-bagger.
Rob Morse went two innings on the hill to seal the win for the Pirates.
WARRIORS PUMMEL BREWERS, 22-8
Lahaina’s Brewers were solid for four innings, but in the fifth the mighty Warriors’ sleeping offense erupted, breaking a 3-3 tie and scoring 16 runs in two innings to turn things ugly for their west side rivals.
Sparked by igniter Shakes Pedrozia’s leadoff single, nine straight Warriors reached base in the fourth, with Emmett Markulis clocking the key double and driving in the first three. Marulis was 3-for-4 with four ribbies and two runs scored, and Pedroza scored four runs and collected two hits.
Up 6-3, the Warriors used nine walks, two more hits, and an error to put it away. They collected 16 walks on the day.
Justin Newsome (1-0) went four strong for the Warriors, allowing only one hit and striking out six. Pedroza wrapped it up in explosive fashion, striking out four in an inning and a third.
Paul DiPierro paced the Brewers, with a 2-for-2 day and two walks, and two runs scored. Dave McClean was 1-for-3.
PEDES STING RAYS, 4-3
After pitching five strong innings and quieting the stacked Central Rays offense, scattering four singles and striking out five, Brian Teeter came up clutch with a game-winning sac fly in the bottom of the eighth to lead Kihei’s Centipedes to a thrilling 4-3 win over the defending champion Central Rays.
Lefty Oscar Duran (1-0) iced the effort and earned the win with four innings of scoreless 1-hit ball. Duran picked off two runners in critical late inning situations, and spanked a two-run single that scored two, bringing the Centipedes even, 4-4, in the last of the fourth.
Both teams pitched well, with Kihei out-hitting Central, 6-5.
MABL Cy Young award winner Barry Takahashi took a tough loss with an eight-inning complete game effort. He struck out seven and walked three.
Twice the Rays took the lead -- 1-0 in the third, 3-1 in the fourth -- and both times the Centipedes answered, tying it up 3-3 going into the fifth.
That’s the way it stayed, setting the stage for one more round of clutch hitting for the ‘Pedes.
LaRue Mayo, who sparked many of last year’s thrilling ‘Pedes rallies, led off with a single. Dan Bardenhagen, the only ‘Pede with two hits (2-for-3), lined a screamer down the third base line, sending Mayo to third, and Teeter plated him.
Mike Sado, 1-for-2 on the day for the Rays, singled to lead off the third and scored on Aaron Loque’s RBI single.
In the fourth, James Ballao drove home Tom Kowalick, who led off with a single. Jonah Abreu followed with a run-scoring sacrifice fly, giving the Warriors their last lead of the day before the Pedes answered with their two-run fourth.
Kihei, Maui July 10, 2011
NAVIGATORS GAFFE MARLINS, 10-6
North Shore’s Navigators opened with two runs in the top of the first, after Ikaika Tom Sum (2-for-4) and Jeff Cochran banged singles and Timmy Tanno and Kevin Hazelton, who both walked, scored. The Marlins answered with one, after Chad Walla singled and scored.
The Navs opened it up to 5-1 in the second on just one hit and three unearned runs.
The Marlins had a similar inning in their third, moving to within 5-4 on four walks, a hit by pitch, and a balk. Chad Walla, who had his best offensive day of his MABL career with a rocking 4-for-4 and three runs scored, mixed in the inning’s lone hit.
North Shore edged away, taking a 7-4 lead in the fifth, with Timmy Tanno smacking a double. They scored three more in the seventh, on two walks, a sweet ground rule double by Jeff Smitty, and a singles by Sean Charlsley (2-for-5) and Derrick Kahakauwila (2 RBI).
Smitty (1-0) was in control on the mound, with his best MABL appearance to date. He went six innings, gave up six hits, struck out eight, and walked three.
Joe Koch was better than the score for the Marlins, yielding three hits and two earned runs in three innings, and striking out eight.
Jeremy Bricco likewise, who went four innings, gave up three hits, and yielded just one earned run.