SBL to start Saturday games for U25, Masters


The Saipan Baseball League will be starting with their Saturday games this weekend, Oct. 7, to allow both divisions—Under-25 and Masters—to finish the season later this year or early January 2018.

SBL director Tony Rogolifoi said that the unpredictable weather has been a huge problem for them as they were forced to either stop or cancel scheduled games.

“We’re going to start playing the rained-out games this Saturday so we can catch up with the original schedule. We’re hoping to finish both seasons before the Little League, which usually starts in January,” said Rogolifoi.

“We thought we chose a perfect month for the season, but the weather is unpredictable and not cooperating with us. It will be bright and sunny early in the day then it would rain hard in the afternoon, making the field unplayable. There were also times when it would rain while we’re in the middle of the game.”

Saturday’s games will have the U25 playing at 10am, while the Masters take the field at 6:30pm.

“We have no choice. We need to have extra games every Saturday in order for us to finish the season before the year ends,” said Rogolifoi.

Games in both divisions were not played for more than a week because of the unpredictable weather.

According to the U25’s original schedule, the finals would start on Dec. 14, while the title match for the Masters is set early December. Rogolifoi said he would release the new schedule to the coaches within this week.

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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