Pangelinan, Sablan win MVP awards


The Kagman Little Legals’ G-Boy Pangelinan and NSA Braves’ Jylon Sablan brought home the MVP awards handed out at the conclusion of the Majors division contest in the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball last Monday at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield.

The Little Legals’ G-Boy Pangelinan hurls during the bottom of the fourth inning of their title game against the Falcons in the Majors division of the 2018 Saipan Little League Baseball last Monday at the Miguel “Tan Ge” Basa Pangelinan Ballfield. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Pangelinan took the Finals MVP plum, while Sablan gained the regular season MVP trophy.

The Little Legals pitcher towed his team to a 6-4 win over the Talaabwogh Falcons in their title showdown last Monday. His two-run single at the top of the second inning shifted momentum of the finals to the Little Legals. The eventual champions were down after the first inning, 1-3, and tied the match with Reed Camacho and Stanley’s Iakopo’s runs before grabbing the driver’s seat off Pangelinan’s two RBIs. The Little Legals went on to end the second inning with a 6-3 advantage.

Pangelinan then kept the Little Legals in control with his steady pitching in the second to the early part of the fifth inning. After giving up four hits in the first inning alone, Pangelinan yielded only three hits in the next 3.2 innings he worked the mound. He also had six strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Sablan earned the regular season MVP honors for ruling two other categories and figuring in the Top 10 in three more. The Braves pitcher had the best ERA with his 0.75 and also topped the strikeouts race after fanning 88.

In other categories, the Little Legals’ Cardi Borja was the batting and triples champion. He had a batting average of .600 and collected three triples. Borja’s teammate Benji Palacios ruled the RBI category after registering 18, while Pangelinan had the most doubles with 10.

Noah Aguon was the lone Falcons player to receive an individual award after getting the most runs in the season with his 22, while the Pirates’ Charlie McDonald and Deandrey Cruz shared the homerun king honors.

In the team awards, the Falcons were handed out the pennant crown for sweeping the 12 games in the regular season, while the Comets took the sportsmanship trophy.

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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