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CK Bears easily win pennant in SBL

WITHOUT swing and sweat, the CK Bears took the pennant championship title in the Saipan Baseball League over the Falcons in a forfeited game on Friday last week.

 The Falcons’ sixth loss just kicked them out of the race to the playoff leaving the Aces and the Mariners still on track to the title bid.

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CK Bears Donald Manalo scores a run as team mate Kiku Lizama approaches the plate for his at-bat during a previous game of Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco Tanko Palacion Baseball Field.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The Falcons were one player short when they showed up at the Francisco Tanko Palacios Baseball Field for their final regular season game against the Bears (16-1). They had to at least have nine players to continue the game. Only eight players came, said chief statistician Raymond Palacios.

A forfeited game automatically gave the CK Bears a 9-0 win over the Falcons.

More make up games are scheduled for the rest of the teams with the Bears, GSM, Aces and Mariners keeping their bid for the finals.

The CK Bears strengthened their stance for the pennant by blowing out the Blue Jays, 12-1 before SBL had a three-week break last month for the Micro Games 2018.

Jose Lizama had four strike outs and allowed two hits and one run with one walk. The Bears dominated the game starting with short stop AJ Lizama’s run-scoring single in the opening inning.

The Aces surged in the beginning of the second round but the CK Bears came back to take the spot again at the end of June.

On Tuesday last week, the Aces improved their standing by beating the Mariners.

With an RBI single from center fielder Ben Jones Jr. and an unearned run from Angel Falig, the Aces put up the lead after four complete innings.

The Mariners on the other hand marked their last game of the regular season in with a 10-6 win over the Indians to stay in the top five.

A 5-3 loss to the Aces on Thursday last week put the Mariners down in the standings but they recovered their seat over the struggling Indians to keep a better view of the playoff slots.

The Mariners put up the lead with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first inning.

With first baseman Randy Joe Tudela firing an RBI single, the Indians cut the Mariners lead in the top of the second.

The GSM is on the second spot with 13 wins and three losses.