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    Blue Batters deal Archers first loss, gain share of lead in UAAP baseball

    Feb 14, 2018
    Paulo Macasaet and the Blue Batters get back on track.

    TITLEHOLDER Ateneo gained a share of the lead in the UAAP baseball tournament, dealing La Salle its first loss, 9-6, on Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.

    The Blue Batters bounced back from a loss to the Adamson Falcons, claimed a piece of the lead with the Archers at 3-1.

    Besides restricting the Archers to six hits, Paulo Macasaet helped force La Salle to commit four costly errors, two of them in the pivotal top of the fifth inning where the Eagles soared to an 8-3 lead.

    With one out and the Eagles leading, 3-1, catcher Marco Mallari took first on a fielder’s choice advanced to second on an error following an intentional walk given to second baseman Marquis Alindogan .

    Mallari crossed the plate on a single by Alvaro Macasaet. A two-base catching blunder saw Alvaro Macasaet and Hilario Mallari crossing the plate ne after the other in joining Mallari home.

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    Another fielder’s choice and an error had Dino Altamonte joining Alindogan occupying the first and second from where both scored on a line drive by Daniel Laurel to deep center.

    The Archers countered with a three-run binge of their own at the bottom of the same frame and a marker each in the sixth and seventh, but the Eagles buried them further for good with another run, ending the contest and handing the Archers their first loss following three earlier triumphs.

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