MANILA, Philippines -- The Katayama Baseball Academy (KBA) Stars and the Thunder All-Stars continued their surge in the 2019 Philippine Baseball League (PBL) Open Conference, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.
Carlos Munoz put up another masterful outing to lead KBA to a dominant 7-1 victory over the Ateneo de Manila University Blue Eagles to go to 3-0 in Group A.
"I just told the boys to continue enjoying the game since for some of them like Carlos, they are still just getting back to the game after not playing for so long," said KBA head coach Keiji Katayama.
Munoz, a former De La Salle University Green Batter who is now a full-time banker, put on a show on the mound. In four innings pitched, he struck out five batters while allowing just one run to register his first win of the season.
On offense, the second-generation batter had two hits and an RBI as well.
Ex-Adamson University player Gerald Riparip also had two RBIs as he and Munoz provided the spark in a four-run fifth inning to deal Ateneo its second straight loss in three games.
Later in the day, National Team pitcher Vladi Eguia and the rest of Thunder stifled Rizal Technological University (RTU)-Alums, 8-1, to continue to sit atop of Group B.
Eguia stomped RTU-Alums to the tune of a conference-high eight strikeouts in four innings pitched.
Missing shortstop/pitcher Aids Bernardo for the game as he is coaching the Philippine team in the Asia Pacific U16 in Vietnam, the youngest player in the team stepped up for the veteran-laden Thunder.
Incoming De La Salle Zobel Grade 11 batter Sean Salvatierra blasted a solo home run in the second inning to set the tone for the All-Stars' third win.
RTU-Alums suffered their second straight loss to fall to 1-2.
In the first game, the Adamson Soaring Falcons used a six-run fourth inning to escape the RTU Thunder, 8-5.
Adamson kept second place in Group A while dropping RTU to 0-3.
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