Bears down Ballistics in SBL


Shakobe Rangamar, center, warms up while C.K. Bears coach Phil Celis, left, and teammate Jose Lizama look on before their game against the Ballistics in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League last Tuesday night at the Francisco M. Palacios Ballfield. (Jon Perez)

The Lizamas are at it again, with cousins Henry and Jose Jr. delivering for the C.K. Bears in their 16-8 triumph over the Ballistics in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League last Tuesday night at the Francisco M. Palacios Ballfield.

Henry Lizama drove in four runs, went 3-for-5 at bat, and had an RBI triple in the Bears’ six-run scoring surge at the bottom of the fourth. He also touched home plate three times before ending his plate appearance with an infield fly. Jose Lizama went 4-for-5 with two triples, three runs, and a bases-loaded two-RBI single in the fourth to bring in Virgil Secharmidal and cousin Kiku Lizama, who led off the inning with a single.

Not even a more than five-minute rain delay could stop the Bears from clinching their third win in four games. The impressive victory also took away the pain of their 14-4 loss to the defending champions Aces last Friday.

The Ballistics dropped to 1-3 after earning their first win against the Outlaws, 15-8, last March 6.

Kiku Lizama went 2-for-5 with one run, while Secharmidal scored twice and hit 2-for-6 to help the Bears’ cause.

Shakobe Rangamar pitched five innings in relief for the Bears, giving up three earned runs on seven hits—two infield hits—and posting five strikeouts and four walks. Ethan Babauta lasted three innings, allowing one run on two hits, including a bunt single by R.J. Riungel at the top of the first, while fanning two and walking four.

Kiku Lizama closed out for the Bears and quickly retired Ballistics leadoff batter Adolpho Roppul. Jay Camacho was next at bat for the Ballistics and got on base on a throwing error by second baseman A.J. Lizama. J-Boy Mendiola was then hit by a pitch, putting a second runner on base, but the Bears’ defense stepped up with a game-ending double play.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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