The Brewers’ Nokki Saralu and Vince Cepeda are the current leaders in the batting and pitching races in the 2014 Saipan Baseball League.
Saralu registered a batting average of .444 after last Monday’s game. He was 12-for-27 at bat to lead 14 others. The Brewers third baseman is ahead of erstwhile leader Ian Rogolifoi of the Tigers, as the latter hit 10-for-24 for a batting average of .417.
Rogolifoi and Saralu were the only two players in the batting chart to have an average of at least .400.
Third placer Tyrone Omar of the Brewers recorded .360 off a 9-for-25 performance at the plate, while his teammate Diego Camacho (.357/10-for-28) and the Fielders’ Jared Sablan (.354/17-for-48) rounded out the Top 5.
Others on the list are the Tigers’ Mark Toves (.346), the Northern Starz’s Jeremy Atalig (.345), the Tigers’ Jesse Yamagishi (.333), the Brewers’ Byron Kaipat (.300), the Tigers’ Rocco Reyes (.300) and Tom Guerrero (.290), the Brewers’ Ton Leon Guerrero (.290) and Jun Rabauliman (.278), and the Fielders’ Brian McAllister (.259), and Zack Flores (.242). The batting leaders were based on 24 or more times at bat.
In the pitching contest, Cepeda is ahead of five others with his 0.43 ERA. He pitched 21 innings and gave up only one run to pace the Fielders’ Aaron Benavente (1.29), Joe Palacios (2.13), and Tony Benavente (2.13), the Tigers’ Peter Lieto (1.96), and the Brewers’ Tom Camacho (2.53).
While he slid down to third place in the pitching race, Lieto remained at the top spot in the strikeouts category with his 40. Cepeda is at second place with his 31 strikeouts, while Palacios and Camacho had 26 and 17, respectively.
In other categories, Saralu leads both the triples and RBIs races with two and 16. Jared Sablan has the second most RBIs so far with 10, while another Fielders player Vincent Sablan has eight. In the runs, Omar is slightly ahead of three others with his 13. Saralu, the Northern Starz’s Lamarc Iguel, and Jared Sablan have 12 each. In the doubles race, Yamagishi and Jared Sablan are tied with four apiece.