Hawks book ticket to postseason with win over Marines

Masaki Mimori scored with a stolen base and Kenta Imamiya broke a 1-1 deadlock with his RBI single as the Pacific League-leading Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks punched their ticket to the postseason Monday with a 2-1 win over the Chiba Lotte Marines.

The victory at Fukuoka’s PayPay Dome ensures the 74-62-2 Hawks will feature in the PL Climax Series with no worse than a third-place finish, while trimming their magic number for the league pennant to four.

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