BANGOR, Maine — What a difference a year makes!
Last year, Bangor dealt Makati City, Philippines a 14-1 setback in the Senior League World Series. Bangor benefited from a five-run first inning and the game was called after 4½ innings due to the 10-run rule.
On Monday evening, Makati City turned the tables on the District 3 champs.
Makati City scored three first-inning runs and built a 9-0 lead en route to an 11-3 triumph over Bangor at Mansfield Stadium.
Both teams are now 1-1 in pool play.
“Our team is better this year,” said Makati City third baseman Adriane Bernardo, one of four starters back off last year’s team.
The diminutive Bernardo, the Asia-Pacific champions’ leadoff hitter, drove in four runs with a bases-loaded triple and an RBI single to pace the 11-hit attack.
“We were just trying to hit line drives and hit the ball where it was thrown. We weren’t aiming for the fences,” said Makati City first baseman Julian Habana, who belted an RBI double in the first inning.
“They hit the ball very well. They were hitting the gaps all game long,” said Bangor third baseman-catcher Jacques Larochelle.
Jose San Juan started the important first-inning rally when he was hit by a 1-2 pitch with one out.
He was erased on Charles Catangui’s fielder’s choice. A slight bobble by the Bangor shortstop may have cost Bangor an inning-ending double play.
Habana followed with his long RBI double over left fielder Phil Frost’s head.
Mark Ong then ripped a one-hop shot that glanced off the third baseman and went for an RBI single.
Ong stole second and scored on Tsuyoshi Horibata’s line drive single to left.
Bangor starting pitcher Cody Savage was lifted with one out in the second after he threw 34 pitches which means he can pitch in Bangor’s next game. By Senior League rules, if a pitcher throws 35 pitches or less, he can pitch in the next game.
“I was just trying to throw strikes but they were hitting everything,” said Savage.
Reliever Curtis Worcester gave up a run in the second on a walk, two wild pitches and a passed ball.
Makati City broke the game open with five runs in the fourth inning.
Horibata walked and Andrew Tan doubled to right center to chase Worcester in favor of Tyler Desjardins.
Vincent Ching singled home Horibata, Sebastian Martinez-Miranda followed with a base hit and Bernardo roped his bases-loaded triple to right center.
“He threw me an outside fastball and I hit it the [opposite] way I should,” said Bernardo, who then scored on San Juan’s groundout.
Starter Horibata went 3ª innings, allowing just two hits and one run. He walked one and didn’t strike out anyone.
He was pulled because he had thrown 57 pitches. If you throw 60 pitches or less, you only need one day of rest before you can pitch again.
“I threw mostly fastballs. I think I threw only four breaking balls,” said Horibata. “My fielders were really good.”
“He threw pretty well. And he hit his spots,” said Larochelle. “We hit the ball solidly all game long but we hit it right at them.”
Niklas Sarda and San Juan finished up on the mound.
The trio limited Bangor to four hits.
Sarda had a pair of singles for the winners.
Jesse Wood had an RBI single for Bangor. Larochelle, Josiah Hartley and Joe Stanevicz also singled.
Asia-Pacific (1-1) 310 500 2 — 11 11 4
District 3 (1-1) 000 100 2 — 3 4 3
Horibata, Sarda (4), San Juan (7) and Catangui, Bernardo (5); Savage, Worcester (2), Desjardins (4), Wood (5), Hetterman (7) and King, Larochelle (5)