Nakamura earns pair of MVPs


Harry Nakamura, 11, joins Comets 1 players and coaches in a huddle before returning to the field during their title game against the Falcons in the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball late last month at the Francisco “Tan Ko” Palacios Ballfield. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

The Comets 1’s Bing Nakamura proved he truly deserved a spot on the CNMI Junior All-Star Team after winning both the regular season and Finals MVP awards in the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball that concluded late last month.

Nakamura towed Comets 1 to the pennant and championship wins, teaming up with fellow pitcher Reid Teregeyo in dominating the Talaabwogh Falcons in the finals, 8-1. Besides the two MVP plums, Nakamura hauled five more trophies for scoring the most runs, homers, triples, and RBIs in the season and posting the best batting average.

Meanwhile, other individual awardees in the Junior League divisions were ERA champion Reid Teregeyo, also from the Comets 1, doubles champion Delbert Sablan and strikeout champion Shane Mallens of the Chiefs.

In the Senior League, the Fielders’ Dennis Cabrera and the Falcons’ Pedro Maratita split the MVP honors. Cabrera took the regular season MVP title, while Maratita got the same award in the Finals after helping the Falcons down the Braves, 7-4, and get their third straight division crown.

Maratita also prevailed in the most triples competition, sharing the honors with teammate Aven Evangelista, Cabrera and Darvince Manalo as all four recorded three apiece. Cabrera added the home run trophy to his credit and had to share the title with Froilan Camacho, Leveque Iguel, Joel Norita, and Jericho Jones. The tied players scored one roundtripper each.

There was also a tie in the in the most RBIs contest with Cabrera and Tyrese Camacho getting 12 each, while the former was the solo winner in the runs category with his 19. Rounding out the list of awardees in the Senior League division were strikeout king Iguel, batting champ Norita, and ERA top finisher Evangelista.

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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