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CK Bears outscore Mariners 7-2

THE CK Bears are still the team to beat in the 2019 Saipan Baseball League as they are now one step closer to earning the pennant after defeating the Mariners 7-2 on Saturday at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios Baseball Field.

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CK Bear’s Rangamar pitches against the Mariners during  Saturday’s game at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios Baseball Field.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

The Bears built momentum early as they gathered three runs at the bottom of the first inning. It started with Peyton Lizama absorbing a hit by the pitcher for a free trip to first base. AJ Lizama then connected a shot pass first base that made its way outfield which gave Peyton Lizama the opportunity to reach home for AJ Lizama’s single RBI. Angel Palacios also made his way home thanks to Franklin Lizama before the Mariners could stop the bleeding. At this point, the Bears led 3-0.

They continued to show dominance as pitcher Rangamar delivered on the mound with two strikeouts in the second inning while adding one more run off the Mariners’ error which handed JJ Lifoifoi a free trip for their fourth run. The Bears were now ahead 4-0.

The Mariners finally found an answer at the top of the third as Nate Smith and Shane Yamada made their way to third and second bases followed by Eli Aughenbaugh who capitalized on a hit straight past the pitcher to bring home Smith for their team’s first run of the day. However, their rally was cut short as they could not keep the fire burning due to the Bears’ defensive awareness that kept the Mariners silent until the fifth inning.

The Mariners did a great job defensively in the next three innings but they could score one more run only in the 5th inning.

The Bears rekindled their flame in the 6th and final inning, adding three more runs with Virgil Secharmidol, JJ Lifoifoi and Angel Palacios earning an RBI each to secure a convincing victory, 7-2.

GSM bagged the second win of the day after it outgunned the Blue Jays with ease, 15-1.