Bears dominate SBL individual awards

Posted on Nov 29 2019


The Chalan Kanoa Bears’ Ricardo Dela Cruz swings during Game 2 of their finals series against the Mariners in the 2019 Saipan Baseball at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. (RoselynB. Monroyo)

As expected, pennant and defending champions Chalan Kanoa Bears hauled the most individual awards in the 2019 Saipan Baseball League that concluded last Saturday at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield.

Outfielder and designated hitter Ricardo Dela Cruz led the Bears’ top performers of the season, as he won the Finals MVP award after standing out in their finals sweep against the Mariners. Dela Cruz went 4-for-8 at bat, scored three runs, and had four RBIs in helping the Bears win Game 2, 14-3, and Game 3, 6-1, of the best-of-five title series.

The Finals MVP was also among the doubles champions in the league, joining teammate Kiku Lizama, Go See Mark’s Byron Kaipat, and the Mariners’ Ton Tenorio in the honor roll.

Tenorio was named the regular season MVP and got two more individual awards after topping the league in most triples scored and RBIs (10). The Bears’ A.J. Lizama, Henry Lizama, and Kiku Lizama, and the Mariners’ Nate Camacho also earned the most triples honor, while Angel Palacios, also from the back-to-back champion team, took the batting champion title.

The Blue Jays’ Noel Cabrera was the home run and strikeout king, while the Bears’ Virgil Secharmidal and A.J. Lizama ruled the league in earned run average and runs, respectively.

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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