(05/28/07) THE BRONX &舑; Two-time defending champs The Gold managed to hang on to its crown in the 22nd Annual Emperors Stickball Tournament.

Thanks to some clutch offense, The Gold managed to cruise to a 7-0 victory over The Ravens on Stickball Avenue. With the victory, The Gold went on for the three-peat.

Gold player Edwin Betances said his team was able to overcome shaky play early on in the tournament.

&舠;We got our losses out of the way early in the tournament, and came out here Monday to play strong,&舡; Betances said.