Top Twins; Sentries Spank Stars
April 24, 2018 (Federal League Wire Service)
2018 Spring/Summer season opened with a lightning delay and end
with a few fireworks as the defending league champion Sunrise
Sunsets and the Margate Sentries clubbed their way to opening day
The Sunsets overcame deficits of 7-4 and 11-10 to defeat the
Hallandale Twins, 13-11.
Price and reigning MVP Anthony Garcilazo led the Twilighters with
three hits each. Price drove in two runs, Garcilazo knocked
Arata, rejoining the 'Sets after a three season absence, hit the
season's first home run, a solo shot leading off the bottom of the
second that gave the Twilighters a 4-3 lead.
Twins led 7-4 in the fifth, thanks to run producing hits by
newcomers Sheng Tzu Pang and Ruben Aguilar, but the Sunsets
responded with six runs in the home half of the fifth to take a
10-7 advantage. Jimmy Schariest, Justin Dages, Price, Garcilazo,
and Chris Craig had consecutive hits in the frame.
singles by Clyde Yeh, Tzu Pang, and an RBI double by Sergio Perez
helped the Twins to take an 11-10 lead in the sixth. Once again,
the 'Sets responded. This time, the defending champs pushed across
three runs, aided by Garcilazo's two run double, to take the lead
Tommy Tritz pitched two innings in relief of starter Brant Spring,
allowing one run on two hits, and earned the win. Joe
"Truth" Adair permitted three runs on three hits in two
innings and took the loss.
Pang and Rafael Laureano led the Twins with three hits a piece in
a losing effort.
The Margate Sentries broke open a close contest with a nine run
outburst in the bottom of the sixth and cruised to an 11-5 win
over the Hollywood Stars.
Ascanio, who was drafted by the Stars but demanded a trade before
the start of the season, got the opening day assignment for the
Gatekeepers and picked up the win. Ascanio yielded three runs on
six hits in six innings, walking one and striking out 10.
Rafael Lara started for the Stars and limited the Sentries to one
earned run on five hits in five innings. Yoel de la Cruz
surrendered eight earned runs on eight hits in two thirds of an
inning and suffered the loss.
centerfielder Giornic Sille and veteran Dan Heaton led the
Sentries with three hits each. An RBI single by Andres Acosta in
the sixth tied the score at 3-3, and, later in the inning, Jorge
Michelina's two run single put the Munguiamen ahead to stay.
Demoya had two hits for the Stars and gave his team a brief 3-2
lead in the top of the sixth with an RBI single.
road does not get an easier for the Stars as they play the
Expansion Division pennant winning Tri-Cities Tritons next.
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