Connect with us

Baseball

GUAM LOSES HEARTBREAKER

[sixcol_five_last]
By Robert Balajadia

Guam’s Shanovon Guerrero was able to score the run off this catching error by CNMI’s Shanovon Guerrero to put Guam up 3-2 in the top of the second inning. (photo by Errol Alegre Jr)

The road to represent the Asia-Pacific in the Little League World Series has ended for Team Guam as they suffered a heart breaking 8-7 loss to CNMI through six-and-a-half innings during tournament play on Sunday.

The up and down tournament finally came to a halt as Guam’s Napu San Miguel stepped up to bat facing two outs and Eric Reyes on second base. San Miguel got a good hit on the ball forcing it way right in what looked to bring home the game-tying run but CNMI outfielder Jonathan Villagomez made the spectacular catch, leaping into the air to grab the out to end the game.

Guam got an assist from the Philippines as they beat CNMI yesterday 11-5 but the loss to CNMI now puts Guam out of contention. CNMI and New Zealand will play Monday morning at 9 a.m. for the chance to represent the Asia-Pacific as both teams suffered only one loss during the Tournament.

http://iconnectasia.com/iconnectguam/CNMI made the comeback in the sixth inning trailing 7-6 as Francisco Camacho got an RBI triple to tie the game. Francisco Lieto mimicked Camacho’s success by getting an RBI triple to give CNMI the 8-7 lead. Guam needed to score at least one run at the top of the seventh to further play but the leaping grab by Villagomez all but sealed Guam’s fate.

The first inning was a clear testament of the intense game with both teams exchanging blow-for-blow going two-up in the inning. Kel Francisco nailed a 2RBI double deep left to get Guam on the board. CNMI answered back in mirror fashion as Raymond Saralu brought in two runs and made it to first base off an error.

CNMI’s Raymond Saralu slides safely to first base before Guam’s Napu San Miguel could make a catch on the ball. (photo by Errol Alegre Jr.)

Guam cashed in two more runs in the second inning as San Miguel grounded an RBI double but an errant throw to home brought him to third. Johnny Aguon brought home San Miguel with an RBI double to give Guam the lead before CNMI took over.

CNMI almost walked out of the second inning scoreless but an error off a hit to first base brought in Francisco Camacho which would have ended the inning if had been caught. AJ Lizama scored an RBI double to tie the game before Henry Rabauliman knocked a 2RBI double to give CNMI the 6-4 lead.

If CNMI had lost to Guam it would not have shown up in their loss column due to an odd amount of teams. CNMI drew Guam’s name at random to be the selected “free” game record wise. If Guam had won, CNMI would still have to lose to New Zealand Monday in order to win out. Guam will play Thailand Monday but will the game will have no significance in being the winner of CNMI of New Zealand will be the representation winner.

[/sixcol_five_last][ubm_premium_banner_rotation banners=39, 14, 38 interval=9 width=120 height=600 orderby=rand]

[fbshare url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=13266″ type=”button”] [fblike url=”http://www.gspnlive.com/?p=13266″ style=”standard” showfaces=”false” width=”450″ verb=”like” font=”arial”]

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

January

February 2024

March
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
Events for January

1st

Events for February

2nd

Events for February

3rd

4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Events for February

3rd

No Events
Events for February

5th

Events for February

6th

Events for February

7th

Events for February

8th

Events for February

9th

Events for February

10th

11
12
13
14
15
16
17
Events for February

10th

No Events
Events for February

12th

Events for February

13th

Events for February

14th

Events for February

15th

Events for February

16th

Events for February

17th

18
19
20
21
22
23
24
Events for February

18th

Events for February

19th

Events for February

20th

Events for February

21st

Events for February

22nd

Events for February

23rd

Events for February

24th

25
26
27
28
29
1
2
Events for February

25th

Events for February

26th

Events for February

27th

Events for February

28th

Events for February

29th

COMING SOON …

  • 3rd Quarter Sports: Rugby, Boys Basketball, Softball, Tennis in full swing!

 

 

QUICK HITS

Shawn Bamba won the Arizona state wrestling championship while siblings Jussiah and Justyn took third place in their divisions at state.
Shawn (12th) won the 150-lb division while Jussiah (11th) took bronze in the 120-lb class and Justyn (9th) took bronze in the 106-lb category.
All three were born on Guam before moving to Surprise, Arizona in 2014, where they all picked up wrestling in 2016.
Their parents are Justin and Shannon Bamba from Pago Bay.
—————————————————
Christian Delos Santos, son of Richard Delos Santos (Barrigada) and Norma Larimer Delos Santos (Dededo), won the Kentucky High School Athletic Association wrestling state championship in the 113-lb weight class.
His sister Naiya took 3rd place in the 100-lb girls division.

More in Baseball