Attao, Camacho vie for Belau batting crown


S.A. Masters players walk off the field after their game against Momma Charu last Sunday in the 2017 Belau Masters Men’s Softball League at the Dandan Softball Field. (Jon Perez)

The Papa Bears’ Jojo Attao and the Brotherhood’s Bill Camacho are hotly contesting the batting crown for the 2017 Belau Masters Men’s Softball League as the two sluggers are separated by only .065 heading into the final regular season game this Sunday.

Attao is currently on top of the batting leaders with his .786 (33-for-42) average, followed closely by the .721 (31-43) of Camacho, while Darwin Masaharu of Karui is at far third at .639 (23-for-36).

Both Attao and Camacho also figured in other statistical leaders with the former coming in at second behind Karui’s Taylor Germance in the most triples and RBIs with 15 and 41, respectively. Germance is seventh in batting (31-for-51, .608), but topped the most runs scored with 31, RBIs with 51, and home runs with 16. Payton Sakuma of Momma Charu is third in both RBIs (31) and homers (11).

Only one run separates Germance (31) and Camacho, and is joined by Brotherhood teammate Joe Lizama and Lefty Shiro in second place for the most runs scored with 30 each. Camacho also had five triples to place second behind Nizer Masayos’ seven.

Lefty Shiro (11), Tito Laniyo (8), and Phil Celis (7) are the Top 3 in the most doubles made. Lizama is currently fourth in batting (35-for-55, .636), followed by Brotherhood teammates Julian Camacho (20-for-32, .625) and Jack Diaz (23-for-37, .622). Jude Dickinson of the S.A. Masters (19-for-32, .594), the Brotherhood’s Jerry Ayuyu (20-for-33, .583), and James Fleming of Peleliu (22-for-40, .550) completed the batting leaders.

The Papa Bears’ Joe Celis is the pitching leader with a 5.71 ERA, followed by Leo Bobai of Momma Charu (5.96), the Brotherhood’s John Diaz (6.57), Rush Kintaro of Peleliu (6.83), and the S.A. Masters’ John Cepeda (7.23). Ray Villagomez of Peleliu (7.56), Karui’s Lucian George (8.15), Tom Camacho of Sufa (9.19), Asahi’s Tosh Beltran (9.50), and Steve Igisaiar of Karui (9.64) rounded out the pitching leaders.

Bobai and Leo Iskawa are tied with the most strikeouts in the league with 28 apiece, while Tom Camacho had 23 and John Diaz made 22.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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