Oldiais defeats Peleliu, 6 – 4
The long awaited game 4 of the Palau National Baseball League championship between pennant winner Oldiais and second place Peleliu finally happened in front of a large crowd of mostly Oldiais and Peleliu fans. As anticipated, the fans were not disappointed and witnessed a most exciting contest between the two top teams. Down 1 – 3 in the best-of-five series, Peleliu went with its ace pitcher Norman Tsuki Ongrung, Oldiais however, relying on its ever potent offensive line-up were ready.
In the top of the first, Tsuki retired the first three Oldiais batter, Antonio Ngiralmau, Tats Sadang and Dekei Ngiramengior on three consecutive grounders to shortstop. In of the bottom half of the opening inning, Oldiais pitcher Avery Mesubed also retired the first three Peleliu batters by striking-out Ngirarois and Anthony, and Kalei Luii grounded to third. The game remained scoreless until the third inning when Oldiais drew first blood scoring in the top of the third when Sadam Sidoi reached first on hit-by-pitch, stole second and scored on a wild pitch. Oldias increased its lead to 3 – 0 by scoring two more in the top of the third on a single by Antonio, an RBI single by Tats and another RBI single off the bat of Dekei.
Peleliu fought back to tie the game in the bottom of the third when lead-off batter Omsuul Mikel reached base on BB, Tyler Abraham reached on infield error and veteran Kalei singled in Omsuul and another veteran Melengis Uchel doubled to drive in Tyler and Kalei. Avery then struck out Moi Ito to end Peleliu offensive outburst with the scored tied at 3 – 3. Still, determined to extend the series, Peleliu scored one more run in the bottom of the fourth to take a lead, 4 – 3, when Jeremy Guilerman scored on single by Tyler and a costly defensive error by Oldiais. Oldiais then brought out ace pitcher Tats who quickly put a stop to Peleliu offensive attack by striking-out three consecutive batters in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the sixth, Oldiais tied the game at 4 – 4 when veteran Reagan reached base on a single, advanced to second on an error and scored on single by younger brother Sadam. Tats continued his mastery of Peleliu batters, striking-out two more batters in the last two innings and allowing a lone single and keeping them scoreless while Oldiais sealed the win and the 2018 PNBL championship by scoring two in the seventh and final inning on a singles by Obong Belelai and Tats for the final score of 6 – 4. Tats was credited with a win.
A brief award ceremony, graced by Vice President Oilouch, Speaker Anastacio, Governor Temmy Shmull, PNBL officials and other government officials immediately followed the game. The awards were:
2018 Championship – Oldiais
First Runner-up – Peleliu
Second Runner-up -Ngerchelong Blue Sharks
Sportsmanship – Meyuns
Pennant – Oldiais
PNBL Revolving Trophy – Oldiais
Championship MVP – Avery Mesubed (Oldiais)
Homerun King – Reagan Sidoi (Oldiais)
Pitcher of the Year – Norman Tsuki Ongrung (Peleliu)
“Senk” from Speaker Anastacio – Oldiais ($300), Peleliu ($300), Blue Sharks ($300)
PNBL would like to thank all the teams and their sponsors: [Oldiais – Speaker Anastacio, Governor Adelbai and Ngchesar State; Peleliu – Governor Shmull and Peleliu State; Ngatpang – Ngatpang State Government; Ngerchelong – Delegate Dilmai Saiske, Floor Leader Kerai Mariur, Governor Browny and Ngerchelong State, Jovan Isaac; Meyuns – Office of the President and Koror State Youth Council; PCC – Dr.Tellei and PCC; National Team – Team Palau and PNOC. Special thanks and recognition to Office of the President, Vice President Oilouch and Surangel & Sons Company for their sponsorship of the 2018 PNBL. (PR)