Firing on all cylinders, the Yona Gold Masters defeated the Mongmong-Toto-Maite Falcons, 12-4. After Saturday’s 50+ Guam Masters Baseball League game at Paseo Stadium in Hagåtña, Yona improved to 3-1.
Yona’s Vic Fernandez, one of the league’s most productive hitters, led with five hits and three runs.
Jorge Pecina, Yona’s starting pitcher, allowing two runs off six hits, snuffed the Falcons bats. In two innings of relief, Frank Pangelinan shut out MTM.
"We’ve been hitting and getting good pitching, and good defense," said Rick Mendiola, Yona manager. “They are working together.”
Yona, after a slow first inning, in the next frame, tacked on three runs. Fernandez, who led off the second inning with a double, later scored to start the rally. Jerry Mendiola capped the rally, smacking a two-RBI double.
In the third inning, the big red machine’s Fernandez and Sablan were up to their old tricks. The pair each cranked a double, lifting Yona to a seven-run lead, 9-2.
During Yona’s 19-hit hit parade, Sablan had two doubles, a single, and three RBIs. He joked that his hot hitting stemmed from preparing kelaguen for the postgame party.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Sablan said of playing with Yona Gold. “We get to play with guys within our own caliber and show that we still (have) game.”
The GMBL 50+ league, in its inaugural season, appeals to members of the older generation who have shared the diamond since their Little League days.
“We have played together since we were young,” Mendiola said. “It’s one big community.”
The Falcons, despite not putting numbers on the board, turned in the game's defensive play. In the fifth inning, on a shot hit up the third base line, Luke Tedtaotao made a diving grab. Covered in dirt, the heads-up Tedtaotao leaped to his feet and turned the inning-ending double play.
“That play was sick,” Sablan said. “He’s been doing that a long time.”