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CK Bears advance to finals, Mariners secure game 1

THE CK Bears will defend their Saipan Baseball League title after taking down the Blue-Jays 16-3 in five innings Saturday at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios Baseball Field.

The Bears quickly took the lead as three consecutive hits were made, starting with Kiko and Henry Lizama filling the bases while AJ Lizama earned a single RBI in bringing home Kiko Lizama for their first run of the game. Henry Lizama then followed up with a sacrifice fly ball to outfield giving the Blue-Jays their first out while allowing Lizama to run home and extend the gap. The Blue-Jays aimed to finish the first inning by bagging their second out, but AJ Lizama was given the opportunity to touch home plate thanks to JJ Lifoifoi’s grounder before ending their offensive turn, 3-0.

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CK Bears’ Kiko Lizama readies for the run at first base during Saturday’s Saipan Baseball League game at the Francisco “Tanko” Palacios Baseball Field.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr. 

The Blue-Jays loaded the bases during the bottom of the first inning, but the Bears’ pitcher JJ Lizama delivered two consecutive strikeouts to deny any runs.

The second inning was no different for the Bears as they forced in three more runs. Kiko Lizama made his second trip home, taking advantage of a wild pitch while Henry Lizama was brought in by Rick Dela Cruz who earned an RBI single. The Blue-Jays managed to stop the bleeding but only for a brief moment as Henry Lizama’s third try on the bat earned him an RBI and gave his team a 6-0 lead.

The Bears kept the fire burning as they continued thrashing the Blue Jays with five more runs in the third inning.

The Blue-Jays finally broke the silence when Jess Mesa’s powerful grounder gave him two RBIs, allowing Salalila and Josenio Alvarez to round the bases while Mesa himself made it home after a steal. But his team could not maintain the output for the next two innings and the mercy-rule was invoked to end the game with the Bears way ahead, 16-3.

As for the Mariners, they are now one step closer to meeting the Bears in the battle for the title after besting GSM, 6-4, in game 1 of their playoff match.

The Mariners drew first blood in the first inning thanks to Eli Aughenbaugh’s sacrifice fly, letting Tony Tenorio slip in first for their team’s first run. They managed to sneak in one more run at the bottom of the second with Nate Smith reaching home after taking advantage of an error made on GSM’s end.

After a quiet third and fourth innings, GSM finally broke the ice with a free trip home for Fanco Nakamura. However, the Mariners retaliated with an even harder hit that added three more runs. One more Mariner run in the sixth inning was the icing on the cake.

GSM continued to fight back with three runs of their own but to no avail as the Mariners clinched victory in the seventh and final inning, 6-4.