Flores leads pitching race; Cabrera ahead in strikeouts


The Blue Jays’ Noel Cabrera concentrates before pitching during their game against GSM last April in the 2018 Saipan Baseball League at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. (Jon Perez)

The Aces’ Franco Flores is ahead in the pitching contest, while the Blue Jays’ Noel Cabrera leads the 2018 Saipan Baseball League in strikeouts.

Flores registered a 0.56 ERA when the league took a break in June to lead nine other pitchers. He pitched 16 innings in six games and gave up only 14 hits and one run to pace Go See Mark’s Kevin Kapileo and Roy Celis, who posted 1.03 and 1.16 ERA, respectively. Kapileo worked the mound in 25.2 innings in five games and yielded 17 hits and three earned runs, while Celis pitched 31 innings in six games and allowed 27 hits and four runs.

Rounding out the pitching leader list are the Mariners’ Nathan Camacho (1.19), the Indians’ Mel Sakisat (1.33), the Mariners’ Kainoa Wanket (1.57), the Chalan Kanoa Bears’ A.J. Lizama (1.68) and Jose Lizama (1.80), the Aces’ Jose Guerrero (2.36), and the Mariners’ Jonah Flores (2.52). The pitching leaders were based on 15 or more innings pitched.

In the strikeouts category, Cabrera had 47, ahead by two against the Falcons’ Frankie Lieto. Jose Lizama, Kapileo, Celis, Adolpho Roppol, Bill Camacho, and M.J. Sakisat recorded 39, 34, 30, 29, 26, and 23, respectively.

In other categories, Peter Tomokane is also in a close fight for the doubles championship with his eight, up by only one against A.J. Lizama. Brian Camacho, John Tudela, and Ton Tenorio are at close third with six each, while Ben Jones, Franko Nakamura, Kiku Lizama, Jerome Delos Santos, and Leo Salalila have five apiece.

Three players are tied for the most triples with Kier Agda, Keoni Lizama, and Kiku Lizama having four each, while Joe Palacios, Lamarc Iguel, Ricardo Dela Cruis, Shane Yamada, and Vince Torres are also in a deadlock for second place with three apiece.

In the most home run and RBIs lists, A.J. Lizama is on top of both categories. He is tied in the homer (two) with Brian Camacho and Dela Cruz and alone at the No. 1 spot in the RBIs with his 26.

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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