Bears beat GSM, extend streak to five

The Chalan Kanoa Bears are still undefeated in the second round of the regular season of the 2018 Saipan Baseball League after shutting down Go See Mark, 4-0, last week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.

The Bears now hold a 13-1 record after getting win No. 5 in Round 2 to keep the lead in the 10-team field. GSM continued its on and off performance in the second round as it absorbed its second loss at this juncture for an 11-3 mark.

Starting pitcher Virgil Secharmidal made life difficult for GSM, as he nearly threw a no-hitter in 6.2 innings of work. He gave up only one hit to GSM—a double from leadoff batter Franco Nakamura at the bottom of the third inning. Jose Lizama closed out for the Bears and also prevented GSM from scoring.

With Secharmidal and Jose Lizama on the mound for the Bears, GSM went only 3-for-29.

Henry, Jose, and A.J. Lizama had one RBI each, while the Bears’ fourth run was scored by Fred Songao at the top of the eighth inning off GSM’s error. Henry and A.J. also scored one run apiece at the top of the third inning, while leadoff batter Kiku put the Bears on the board in the first inning off Henry’s single.

Meanwhile, defending champions Aces pounced on the Outlaws in last Thursday’s game, 17-2.

The Aces got the win after only four and a half innings. The early victory was made possible by the Aces’ back-to-back six-run inning in the second and third.

Before the reigning titlist broke away, the match was tied, 1-all, after one complete inning. Mike Iguel’s single drove in second batter and his brother Lamarc at the bottom of the first inning. Juztin Mizutani, on the other hand, reached for the Outlaws off a passed ball at the bottom, while the team’s last run was courtesy of Olympio Muna’s single that brought home Wally Emul in the fourth inning.

The Aces improved to an 8-6 record, while the Outlaws are still winless in 13 games.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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