Blue Jays, Bears route opponents in SBL

Posted on May 26 2023

In this file photo, Blue Jays shortstop tags a Junior Nationals player but doesn’t get the out during one of their games in the Tan Holdings-Saipan Baseball League 2023 at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Baseball Field. (LEIGH GASES)

Blue Jays and Bears routed their opponents in the Tan Holdings-Saipan Baseball League 2023 during their games last Friday and Thursday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Baseball Field.

The Blue Jays found their swing and posted 11 against the Natives’ 2 runs last Friday, while the Bears blanked the Braves, 2-0 last Thursday.

James Salalila of the Blue Jays showed off his wheels after he stole second and third base then eventually came home for the first run of the game in the first inning. 

By the second inning, Natives pitcher Chris Meyers could not locate the strike zone and walked the lead off batter, gave up a base hit to the next batter, then walked the third batter too. 

His defense failed him too as they caused errors and allowed them all to score after two more singles were made by Alden Ngeskebei and Jobe Reyes.

The Blue Jays kept ringing in runs and capitalized on the Natives’ shoddy defense. The four runs that scored got on base due to Natives’ errors in the third inning. At this point in the game, the Blue Jays were up by 8 as the Natives scrounged up two runs in the second and third.

That was all the Natives could do because Blue Jays pitcher Kevin Kapileo was dominant on the mound. He struck out nine batters and had only five hits against him. 

The Blue Jays offense put up one more run in the last inning and it was more than enough to get the W as the Natives fell short.

The Bears and Brewers game was a low-scoring game as both teams struggled at the plate. 

One run came in the second inning from an RBI single by Angel Palacios who brought in Henry Lizama. Josiah Lizama in the third inning was hit by a pitch and was then brought home by the next batter who got on base off a fielding error. 

The Brewers on the other hand, went down like flies as the Bears pitching staff pitched four 1-2-3 out innings. Only three hits were allowed as they struck out nine batters.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at

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