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Northern Cluster, Central Admin vie for PSS Education Day tourney title

THE Northern Cluster and the Central Admin will clash today for the slot in the CNMI Public School System Education Day Softball Tournament at the Capital Hill Softball Field.

The Northern Cluster went undefeated in the double elimination round on Saturday at the Dandan Middle School Softball Field.

After a loss early in the day, Central Admin got back at Southern Cluster with a huge lead late in the afternoon.

Ben Jones Jr. riddled the field with in-the-park home runs, including a grand slam in the top of the third inning to help Northern Cluster rout the Southern Cluster, 14-6 during the mid-day game.

Julie Camacho stretched the lead with a two RBI single and the Northern Cluster finished off the South.

Pitcher Feliza Brel lasted seven innings for Northern Cluster, with several strike outs.

In the losers’ bracket, the game between Central Admin and Southern Cluster, Maverick Itibus homered in the opening inning for Central Admin. Walt added a two RBI single to help widen the gap in the top of the fourth.

The Northern Cluster and Southern Cluster players congratulate each other after a game during the double elimination round at the Dandan Middle School Softball Field on Saturday.  Photos by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Ron Olopai and Paul Mina fired HR apiece while Eric Palacios hit an in-the-park home run as Southern Cluster closed in with a six-run rally in the bottom of the fifth.

But Isaac Aguon hit a run-scoring home run to strengthen their lead again for Central Admin in the top of the sixth.

Francis Mendiola hit a run-scoring home run in the bottom of the sixth to trim down Central Admin’s lead again.

Alicia Pangelinan drove a run on a sacrifice hit in the top of the seventh stretched the lead for Central Admin.

Connie Camacho also drove in a run with a single for Southern Cluster but short stop Isaac, second baseman Max and first baseman Jay Muna foiled Southern Cluster’s attempt to catch up with a double play.

The game between Northern Cluster and Central Admin today starts at 5 p.m.

The winning team will battled it out against Tinian and Rota for the title.

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