King of the Diamond returns

Posted on Sep 02 2022

The 2nd Annual King of the Diamond Labor Day Softball Tournament returned with its first night of games played at the Capital Hill Ball Field last night.

A total 14 teams are currently registered in the tournament, led by defending champion KLIQ. 

Last night and tonight’s games are scheduled for 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm.

On ​​Saturday and Sunday, games will start at 10am. On Sunday, the game will be followed by a home run derby at 2pm, and end the tournament with the finals.

There will also be a cornhole tournament.

Prizes for the top softball team are $1,000, $750 for second place, $500 for third place, and $350 for fourth place.

Ikluk T. Masayos, who is the commissioner of the event along with Shayne Villanueva, said that he “expect[s] the community of softball players and fans to enjoy competitive softball tournament entertainment. The reason for the prize money is that we wanted to give back to our community. Softball has been a dominant and popular sport here and we’re keeping that alive. I also wanted to introduce and make cornhole another sport that could be competitive to play in this tournament.”  

“Whether a beginner or amateur or even a professional in softball, this tournament brings out the best we have here on Saipan. Players get to experience the competition and motivate others to become better in the sport. It brings the family together and builds stronger bonds between teams. Even the team with all beginners in the sport could win this tournament due to the relationship that the team holds. It’s not about the best, it’s the bond you have with your fellow teammates. I encourage future players to try it out. Join and experience the competition. This event will be annually, so prepare now. It’s never too late. As for the fans, come out and watch live entertainment brought to you by CNMI’s finest baseball and softball players,” said Masayos.

The official sponsors for the event are ROIL SOIL, MARPAC Inc., All-Star Sporting Goods, Marianas Variety, and Hawaiian Rock.

For more information, contact Byron Kaipat at (670) 285-6213 or Ikluk Masayos at (670) 287-7979.

Leigh Gases
Leigh Gases is the youngest reporter of Saipan Tribune and primarily covers community related news, but she also handles the utilities, education, municipal, and veterans beats. Contact Leigh at
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