Pangelinan leads way for Boleros


Gus Pangelinan’s bat has helped the Boleros remain undefeated after six games in the 2017 Saipan Baseball League’s Masters division.

Pangelinan, as of Nov. 10 and before the games were halted because of the Micronesian Baseball Classic in Guam, logged an average of .579 in batting while also figuring prominently in two other individual statistics. He is ahead by .023 over teammate J.J. Laniyo (.556) and is second to Mark Toves in the runs scored and most doubles. Toves leads both departments with 18 and five against Pangelinan’s 14 and 3. James Fleming is third in the most runs scored with 12, while Taylor Germance joined Pangelinan in the doubles department with three apiece.

John Cepeda of the IPI Masters is third with .533, followed by GSM Masters teammates Walter Macaranas (.529) and Mark Flores (.522) at fourth and fifth places, respectively. Saisei’s Hector Efraim is at close sixth with .522 with the Boleros’ Mario Aguon at seventh at .500 and Rep. Vinnie Sablan (Ind-Saipan) of the GSM Masters at eighth (.487). John Acosta (.458) of the IPI Masters and Boleros’ David George and Glen Camacho of the Papa Bears, who have similar .444 averages complete the Top 10.

The Bears’ Camacho is joined by Fleming, and Mike Guerrero with the most triples with two each. Efraim also had 13 RBIs, followed by Boleros teammates Camacho and Laniyo with 10 each, while Acosta and Jerry Ayuyu had nine apiece.

The IPI Masters’ Mel Sakisat leads the pitching department with his 1.40 ERA, followed by the 1.97 of teammate Ben Duenas. The Boleros’ Steve Igisaiar is ranked third (3.18), while Laniyo (4.20) and Joe Terlaje (4.32) of the GSM Masters are in the Top 5. Phil Celis of the IPI Masters (5.38), the Boleros’ Dave Kapileo (8.03), and Saisei’s Darwin Masaharu (8.17), Dominic Hideo (8.17), and Kuich Damian (9.02) made it to the Top 10 pitching leaders.

Sakisat also has the most strikeouts so far with 19, while Terlaje and Tony Flores are tied at second place with 13 each. Nick George is at solo third with nine, while Damian, Celis, and Donald Pangelinan are bunched up on the list with eight apiece.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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