Bears, Cardinals win baseball doubleheader
The CK Bears and the Cardinals bested their foes in the opening game day doubleheader of the Tan Holdings-Saipan Baseball League 2023 season last Saturday afternoon at the Francisco “Tan Ko” M. Palacios Baseball Field.
The Bears, the defending champions from the last SBL season in 2019, proved their might once again as they demolished the Brewers, 11-2, while the Cardinals bested the young Junior Nationals team, 9-4.
Brewers pitcher Reid Teregeyo was pummeled from the jump as his pitches were high and off the strike zone, walking the first three Bears batters, and followed by stolen bases that put them into scoring positions.
The Bears’ lineup did not let up as Greg Ishikawa hit an RBI single, followed by an RBI triple from Angel Palacios. Teregeyo finally got out of the early jam as he struck out the bottom of the lineup.
The second inning was another run frenzy for the Bears as Teregeyo could not handle his pitches with four consecutive runs scored from the top of the lineup.
The Brewers also had trouble with their fielding as easy defensive plays turned into errors causing the Bears to capitalize and score six runs for a 10-0 game.
The Brewers’ only two runs came from T.J. Dela Cruz off a Bears’ fielding error and another run by Bing Nakamura. The Bears pitcher held the Brewers off as his offense took them further into the W at the end of the game.
In the second game in the early evening, the Junior Nationals’ Jeremiah Suel drew first blood off a Cardinals fielding error for a 1-0 game.
Then Joel Deleon Guerrero and Jylon Sablan added two more runs in the second, but the Cardinals then caught wind and scored two as well for a 3-2 game in favor of the Junior Nationals.
The Cardinals’ Nokki Saralu went for a base hit in the third and was brought in by a double off Matthew Camacho for tying run, 3-3.
The Junior Nationals were then subsequently shut down in the next innings as only one more run came in made by Sablan once again. The Cardinals showed that experience trumped youth as six more runs came in the last couple of innings for a 9-4 game.