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Brel on top; Lizama in six-player logjam

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Go See Mark’s Jesse Brel is alone at the No. 1 spot in the batting leaderboard, while the Chalan Kanoa Bears’ A.J. Lizama is in a deadlock with five others for the lead in the pitching race in the 2017 Saipan Baseball League.

Brel in four games in the regular season went 7-for-14 at the plate for a batting average of .500 to place ahead of 19 others. He is the lone batter to average at least .500 as the second-running and his teammate Ricard Dela Cruz earned a batting average of .417 after going 5-for-12. The Falcons’ Giovanni Mira and the Comets’ Lorenzo Sebaklim also hit 5-for-12 to join Dela Cruz at the No. 2 spot.

There is also a tie for third with GSM’s Tyrone Omar, Bears’ Peyton Liama, BSI Aces’ Lamarc Iguel and Barry Sunumai, and Titanium’s Brian Camacho averaging .400.

Others on the Top 20 of the batting race, which was based on 12 or more at bats and updated last Friday, were GSM’s Pat Alepuyo (.385), Blue Jays’ J.J. Chong (.385), Titanium’s Jhace Palacos (.357), BSI Aces’ John Tudela (.333), GSM’s Anthony Tenorio (.333), Falcons’ A.J. Evangelista (.333), A.J. Lizama (.333), Falcons’ Ian Norita (.313), Comets’ J-Boy Mendiola (.308), Bears’ Angel Palacios (.308), and GSM’s Shane Yamada (.278).

Jesus Iguel leads in the runs race with eight, while Dela Cruz is ahead in the RBI category with his seven.

In the pitching competition, A.J. Lizama is still perfect with his 0.00 ERA after yielding no runs in 10.1 innings pitch. The Falcons’ J.J. Lifoifoi and Ricky Joe Riungel also did not allow a single run in 9.1 innings (each) they worked the mound, while GSM’s Nathan Guerrero (seven innings), the Falcons’ Peter Lieto (six innings), and Titanium’s Joe Palacios (six innings) have yet to give up runs, too.

The Blue Jays’ L.J. Sebaklim (1.15 ERA), the Comets’ Lorenzo Sebaklim (2.00), D-9ers Melvin Sakisat 2.00), and the Comets’ Franco Nakamura (2.77) complete the pitching leaderboard, which was based on 6 or more innings pitched.

Lorenzo has the most strikeluts so far with 15, just ahead by one against Nakamura.

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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