Brewers edge Jets to end season


Byron Kaipat and Manny Sablan drove in three runs apiece to lead the GSM Brewers to an 11-7 win over a hard-fighting Jets side in the 2015 Saipan Baseball League on Monday night at the Francisco “Tan Ko” M. Palacios Baseball Field.

The reigning titlists closed out their season with an 8-2 record and now wait for the result of tonight’s Falcons-Saipan Stevedore Yankees game to determine the pennant champion.

A Falcons win would force a two-way tie for the top spot with the Brewers where they will play a one-game playoff for the pennant title. A loss by the Falcons would drop them to second where they will face the Brewers in the playoffs.

The Jets ended their campaign with a 2-8 slate, highlighted by a 10-9 win over former leader Yankees last week. The Froilan Camacho-managed squad also scored a 6-5 decision over the North Starz on March 6.

Kaipat only went 1-for-3 and had a two-RBI double in the bottom of the first allowed Jun Rabauliman and Jesse Brel to cross home plate to tie the count at 2-2. He had a sacrifice fly in the seventh to bring in Nokki Saralu.

Sablan, on the other hand, had a two-RBI single in the second and an RBI single in the fourth to finish 2-for-4 for the game with one run scored.

Saralu, the top candidate for the batting crown, had a 1-for-4 performance at the plate but scored three runs and had an RBI triple in the fourth. Jesse Brel also went 1-for-4 but had two RBIs and two runs.

Lenny Sablan pitched for 3.2 innings allowing five runs, two earned, on seven hits with two walks and a strikeout. Lancaster Secharmidal gave up two hits in 3.1 shutout innings in relief where he fanned six and walked one batter.

Pitching leader Vince Cepeda threw for two innings to close out for the Brewers. He was tagged with two runs, both unearned, on two hits while retiring two batters with no walks.

Terson Eina tossed for three hitless innings for the Jets surrendering three runs, one earned, with eight strikeouts and five walks.

L.J. Sebaklim pitched five innings in the start and the Brewers peppered him with 10 hits that resulted in eight runs, all earned. He struck out three batters and walked three more.

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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