The Dodgers’ Craig Aguon has overtaken the Padres’ Khobby Kaipat for the lead in the batting race in the 2nd Annual DYS/Triple A Youth Baseball League.
Aguon, who was in second place in the batting leaders list released last Monday, moved up to No. 1 after three matches were played this week at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. The Dodgers second baseman went 1-for-2 in their 14-7 upset of the Giants last Tuesday to have a batting average of .467 (14-for-30).
Kaipat lost the top spot to Aguon after hitting 0-for-3 in the Padres loss to the Braves last Wednesday. The hard-hitting Padres slugger went 16-for-36 for a batting average of .444. Kaipat’s teammate Patrick Tenorio remained in third place with his average of .433 off a 13-for-30 performance at the plate.
The Yankees M.J. Sakisat also retained the No. 4 spot, but he now shares it with the Braves’ A.J. Lizama and the Padres’ Kier Agda. All three are 10-for-28 at bat and hold similar batting averages of .357. The Yankees’ Roke Tenorio went down from sixth to seventh place with his .345 batting average (10-for-29), followed by the Giants’ Franco Nakamura (.313/10-for-32), the Braves’ A.J. Evangelista (.310/9-for-29), the Padres’ Lancaster Secharmidal (.281/9-for-32), the Giants’ Kenji Yamagata (.273/9-for-33) and Jesse Brel (.265/9-for-34), the Dodgers’ Jhace Palacios (.250/9-for-36), and the Padres’ Kainoa Wanket (.250/8-for-32).
The Top 15 batting leaders were based on 28 or more times at bat.
In the runs race, the Giants’ K.J. Deleon Guerrero still leads the field with his 14, while the Padres’ Verlance Secharmidal and Brel have 12 each. Darion Jones and Khobby Kaipat are still tied in doubles with four apiece, while the Braves’ Cody Kaipat and Giants’ Devyn Flores are ahead in the triples and RBIs with two and seven, respectively.
In the pitching race, three Tigers pitchers barged into the Top 5 joining No.1 J.J. Lifoifoi and the second-ranked Brel. Lifoifoi took a breather this week for the Braves to maintain his 0.00 ERA (13 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed), while Brel shared the No. 2 to 3 spots with Reyes as they hold identical 0.46 ERAs and pitched 15.1 innings, giving up only one earned run. Reyes’ teammates Bret Halstead and Keene Leon Guerrero are in fourth and fifth places, respectively, after posting 0.82 and 0.93 ERAs. Halstead allowed only two runs in 17 innings, while Leon Guerrero worked out 15 innings and gave up two runs.
Rounding out the Top 10 are Wanket (1.07), Jones (1.11), the Braves’ Logan Martin (1.17), the Dodgers’ Brian Camacho (1.24), the Tigers’ Jose Lizama (1.47), and the Yankees’ Gino Dela Cruz (1.47).
In the strikeouts chart, the Dodgers’ Brian Camacho dislodged Jose Lizama from the top spot with his 24 Ks against the latter’s 22. Lifoifoi, Jones, and Nakamura are tied for third with 20 strikeouts apiece.