By Robiel Vega / @ robielcuba87
For the capital Alay Lago, the day of January 9, 2022 will always be contradictory. On the one hand, his team, El Tren del Norte, fell 12 × 5 against the Gigantes de Rivas on the fourth round of the Round Robin of the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League; but on the other hand, he will never forget that he equalized and broke, in the same game, a record of more than 10 years old in the pinolera ball.
The afternoon was aimed to be great, because in the low of the first inning, opening batch, Lago connected, on a count of three and one, a sovereign line to the right wing to the starter Emailin Montilla that it was impossible for him to cut the patrolman from the Giants Chris Roberson and that he went to the depths of the stadium, allowing the Cuban to reach the third pad with impunity, to finally score thanks to Gustavo Pierre’s unstoppable through the same center of the field.
With this hit, he equaled a brand shared, until then, by his teammate, Renato Morales, who conquered it in 2010, and Wuillians Vásquez, in 2012. Which brand do I mean? Well, to the one with the most hits in a season on the Pinolero circuit with 82.
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But the story does not end there, with the 4 × 2 match against it, just one inning later, the Cuban concluded what had already begun minutes before. This time in a situation of greater responsibility, with men on first and two outs, he caught the first delivery to reliever Héctor Silvestre and with a hard rolling to the center of the field he put his name in the record book.
Alay Lago puts a definitive special stamp on a scandal offensive season, commanding the league not only in hits, but also in batting (435), RBIs (41), runs scored (45) and times at bats (191). In addition, during the four games of the round robin, he is also the leader of the batters with a spectacular 556 (18-10), being the one that connects the most hits and the second that scores the most with four.
Despite this outstanding individual performance, El Tren del Norte lost and fell to third place in the Round Robin with a balance of 2-2, just one game behind the Gigantes de Rivas and the Tigres de Chinandega, who accumulate three successes and one setback, relegating Leones de León to the basement with four winless losses.