Bears shut out Indians in SBL


Vince Sablan Jr., right, prepares to run to home plate while C.K. Bears third baseman Shakobe Rangamar looks on in the last inning of their Monday night’s game in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” M. Palacios baseball field. (Jon Perez)

Angel Palacios had four RBIs while Jose Lizama and Ray Dela Cruz shared pitching duties in the C.K. Bears’ 21-0 shutout win over the Indians in Monday night’s game in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” M. Palacios baseball field.

It was the second lopsided game early in the season after GSM’s 18-0 crushing of the Ballistics last week. All 10 teams had already played their first games.

Last year’s finalists Falcons and the Blue Jays were still playing as of press time with both teams looking for their second win after beating their respective opponents during opening week.

Today’s 6:30pm game will have GSM also looking for its second win against the Outlaws, who dropped a 13-2 decision against the Blue Jays last week.

No matches will be played tomorrow and Friday because a visiting South Korean baseball team had scheduled to use the field for practice and scrimmage.

The Bears, the 2016 SBL champions, were ruthless against the Indians behind the pitching duo of Lizama and Dela Cruz that was backed by their fielders’ relentless defense.

Lizama pitched three solid innings giving up two hits with two strikeouts and a walk while Dela Cruz tossed a one-hitter while retiring one batter with no walk in closing out in the five-inning shortened match.

Palacios went 4-for-5 with four RBIs, including a two-RBI single in the top of the fifth where the Bears had already wrapped up the contest. All of his four hits are all singles while also reaching home plate one time in the Bears’ seven-run second inning.

Bears catcher Virgil Secharmidal had three RBIs and three despite going 1-for-4. He struck out in the second and had a sacrifice fly in the third to bring in Kiku Lizama, who got on base on a bunt single.

Henry Lizama went 2-for-2 with a two-RBI single in the Bears’ seven-run second inning.

The Indians’ bullpen—composed of Ben Lizama, Richard Atalig, and M.J. Sakisat—was tagged with a combined 19 hits with four strikeouts and seven walks.

The Bears only committed two errors the entire game against the 15 of the Indians. The Bears also scored six times on errors by the Indians with one by a Ben Lizama wild pitch.

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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