The batting race in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League has a new leader in the Tigers’ Ricardo Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz moved on top of the leaderboard after last Saturday’s games at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. The Tigers slugger went 2-for-2 in their 1-6 loss to the Giants last Saturday, to climb up from third to first in the batting race, slipping past the Padres’ Khobby Kaipat and Patrick Tenorio. In seven games, Dela Cruz was 10-for-18 at bat for an average of .556, while Kaipat and Tenorio both went 11-for-22 for an average of .500.
Kaipat, who led the league in batting in the first three weeks, slid to second, as he went 0-for-3 in the Padres 4-9 loss to the Yankees last Saturday. Tenorio stayed in second place, but missed an opportunity to dislodge his teammate from the top spot, as he only hit 2-for-4 against the Yankees last weekend.
Dela Cruz, the batting champion and MVP of the inaugural season, Kaipat, and Tenorio were the only three players to record a batting average of at least .500 after last Saturday’s matches. The Dodgers’ Craig Aguon averaged .444 off his 8-for-18 performance at bat to rank No. 4, while the Padres’ Kier Agda and the Giants’ Frank Nakamura are tied for fifth with an average of .360 after going 9-for-25.
The Padres had three more players making it to the batting leaderboard, matching the Yankees’ feat, while the Giants had two more, and the Braves had one. The Padres’ Lancaster Secharmidal is in ninth place with his .316 average off a 6-for-19 batting performance, while his younger brother Verlance and Kainoa Wanket are ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, after posting .316 (6-for-19) and .263 (5-for-19).
M.J. Sakisat is the highest-ranked Yankees slugger in the batting race with his .333 average (6-for-18) good for seventh spot. Darion Jones is next at No. 10, as he earned a batting average of .292 after going 7-for-14, while Roke Tenorio went 5-for-19 (.263) for a share of the No. 13 to No. 15 place. Frankie Lieto is tied with Roke Tenorio and Wanket is the lone Braves player to enter the batting leaderboard.
Leaders in other statistics will be reported in Saipan Tribune’s Friday issue.
Meanwhile, the first three games in the Triple A league this week were rescheduled due to rain, leaving the Padres and the Braves in a standoff for the top spot with their similar 6-1 records. The Giants are in close second with a 5-2 slate, followed by the Yankees (3-4), the Tigers (2-5), Dodgers (1-5), and the Cardinals (0-5).