The second-seeded Adztech Adults opened the APL Softball League playoffs with a resounding 16-3 win over Lady Wildfire at Mike S. Tajalle Field in Piti on Sunday.
Adztech, with a lineup featuring three of the last five high school MVPs and multiple All-Island selections, secured the mercy rule win thanks to rallies in the second and fourth innings to eliminate the seventh-seeded Wildfire.
Colleen Quinata led the way out of the leadoff spot, hitting for the cycle, scoring four runs and driving in four runs. The 2016 Independent Interscholastic Athletic Association of Guam softball MVP from George Washington High School singled in the first, homered in the second and added a triple and a double during a decisive fourth inning.
Adztech manager Russell Maratita credited Lady Wildfire for a great season, adding, “Coach Peter Grey and his father-in-law, coach Quintanilla, in this year’s APL league, improved tremendously.”
A win to open the single-elimination playoff is huge, Maratita added.
“Whenever you can gain momentum heading deeper into the playoffs, where it gets tougher, makes all the difference,” he said.
A three-run home run by Quinata powered Adztech to five runs in the second inning. Sherika Cabrera added a two-RBI double to open a 7-1 Adztech lead.
The 2015 IIAAG MVP and Academy of Our Lady of Guam graduate, Meagan Maratita, drove in two runs to cap a nine-run outburst in the fourth inning. Fellow AOLG grad and 2019 IIAAG MVP Ashley Mendiola added an RBI single. Juliana Nelson had two hits in the frame, driving in two runs with a single and a triple as the Adztech lineup spun a wheel.
Nelson finished with four hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Cabrera chipped in with three hits.
Annabelle Carmichael and Tiara Santos collected two hits each for Wildfire, who managed just five hits in the game. Carmichael smashed an RBI triple in the first inning, but was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch it into a home run.
Mendiola was dominating in the circle for Adztech, scattering five hits over four innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.
“Ashley Mendiola throwing strikes keeps her defense working on all cylinders. She’s been here before and she’s no stranger to big games,” said Maratita. “Good team win today.”
Adztech advances to the APL playoff semifinals where they await the winner of third-seeded Juice (5-2) and the sixth-seeded Islanders (2-5).