Inaugural season MVP Ricardo Dela Cruz barged into the Top 15 of the batting race in the 2nd Annual Triple A Youth Baseball League after last Thursday’s game at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
The Tigers slugger, who is incidentally the defending batting champion, but missed the leaderboard in the first two weeks of the season, soared to the No. 2 spot with his .500 average, built on an 8-for-16 performance at the plate. Dela Cruz, who helped the Tigers won back-to-back games last week, share second place with the Padres’ Patrick Tenorio (9-for-18), and is getting closer to No. 1 Khobby Kaipat, also of the Padres. Kaipat holds a batting average of .579 after going 11-for-19 and retains the top spot for two weeks.
Kier Agda, who joined Kaipat and Tenorio in the Top 3 last week, slid to fourth with his .429. The Padres third baseman was 9-for-21. The Giants Franco Nakamura rounded out the Top 5 with his .433 off a 7-for-21 performance at the plate.
The Top 15 batting leaders are based on 15 or more at times at bat and completing the list are the Padres’ Leroy Regis (6-for-15/.400); the Dodgers’ Craig Aguon (6-for-15/.400); the Braves’ A.J. Lizama (6-for-17/.353), the Giants’ Kenji Yamagata (6-for-18/.333); the Padres’ Lancaster Secharmidal (5-for-16, .313) and Kainoa Wanket (5-for-16, .313); the Braves’ Lucio Kalen (5-for-16, .313); and the Yankees’ Roke Tenorio ((5-for-16, .313); Greg Iskawa (5-for-16, .313); and Darion Jones (6-for-21/.286).
The Giants’ K.J. Deleon Guerrero missed the battling leaderboard, but is ahead in the runs race with his 11, while Tenorio and Regis have nine and eight, respectively. In the doubles category, Lizama, Kaipat, Blas, and Jones have two each, while in the triples department, eight players have one apiece. In the RBI division, the Giants’ Devyn Flores has gained seven, just one ahead of Dela Cruz, while Nakamura has notched four.
In the pitching race, the Yankees’ Gino Dela Cruz and the Braves’ Frankie Lieto and J.J. Lifoifoi remained tied for first place with their 0.00 ERA. Dela Cruz has allowed six runs in nine innings pitch, while Lieto gave up three in 7.2 innings. Lifoifoi pitched 7.1 innings and allowed only one run.
Joining the co-leaders in the Top 10 are the Braves’ Logan Martin (0.46); Jones (0.62); the Giants’ Jesse Brel (0.68); Brian Camacho (1.24); the Tigers’ Keene Deleon Guerrero (1.50) and Jose Lizama (1.50); and K.J. Deleon Guerrero (1.75), who leads the league in strikeouts with his 14.
Sharing the No. 1 spot in strikeouts race with K.J. Deleon Guerrero are Brel and Lizama. Iskawa is at second with his 13, followed by Lifoifoi (11), Camacho (11), Martin (10), Jones (10), the Cardinals’ Davie Matagolai (10), and Nakamura (9).