The Padres’ Khobby Kaipat and the Braves’ J.J. Lifoifoi kept their hold to the top spot in the batting and pitching races in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League after last Saturday’s games at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.
Kaipat improved his batting average from .481 to .485 after going 16-for-33 at the plate. He leads 14 other batters, including the Dodgers’ Craig Aguon, who moved up from third to second, booting out the Braves’ Patrick Tenorio. Aguon was 13-for-28 after last weekend’s matches for a batting average of .464. Tenorio slid to third with his .433 off a 13-for-30 performance at the plate.
The Yankees’ M.J. Sakisat and the Braves’ A.J. Lizama remained tied for the No. 4 spot with identical batting averages of .357 and 10-for-28 clip. Two more Yankees also made it to the Top 10 with Roke Tenorio (10-for-29/.345 and Darion Jones (11-for-34/.324) in sixth and seventh place, respective, while the Giants’ Franco Nakamura (10-for-31/.323), the Braves’ A.J. Evangelista (9-for-29/.310), and the Braves’ Lancaster Secharmidal (9-fo-30/.300) rounding out the group.
Lancaster’s younger brother and teammate, Verlance occupies the No. 11 spot after going 8-for-29 (.276), followed by the Giants’ Kenji Yamagata (7-for-29/.241), the Braves’ Lucio Kalen (7-for-30/.233), the Giants’ Jesse Brel (7-for-30/.233), and the Braves’ K.J. Kalen (6-for-29/.207).
In the pitching race, Lifoifoi solidified his grip to the No. 1 spot after maintaining a 0.00 ERA. In 13 innings pitched, the Braves ace did not give up a single earned run, though four runs were made with him on the mound.
The Giants’ Jesse Brel is in second place with his 0.46 ERA, while the Padres’ Kainoa Wanket had the biggest leap from the group, moving to third from 10th place last week. Brel pitched 15.1 innings and gave up 6 runs (only one earned). Wanket worked 16.1 innings and allowed only two earned runs for his 0.86 ERA.
Completing the Top 10 are the Dodgers’ Brian Camacho (0.88), the Tigers’ Keene Leon Guerrero (0.93), Bret Halstead (1.00), the Yankees’ Darion Jones (1.11), the Braves’ Logan Martin (1.17), the Tigers’ Jose Lizama (1.47), and the Yankees’ Gino Dela Cruz (1.47).
Though he was last in the Top 10 pitching leaders, Jose Lizama is ahead in the strikeouts chart, tying Camacho’s 22. Lifoifoi and Jones are also in a deadlock at second with their similar 20 Ks. Martin has 19 to take the No. 5 spot, followed by Brel (18), Nakamura (16), Keene Deleon Guerrero (15), the Yankees’ Greg Iskawa (14), and the Cardinals’ Davie Matagolai (12).
In other categories, the Giants’ K.J. Deleon Guerrero and Verlance Secharmidal share the lead in the runs race with their 12 apiece; Jones and Khobby Kaipat are tied in doubles with 4 each; the Braves’ Cody Kaipat is alone on top in triples with his 2; and the Giants’ Devyn Flores leads in RBIs with 7.