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GUAM TOPS SOUTHERN UTAH

Guam comes up with a big win over Southern Utah in Little League action.

PRESS RELEASE – A group of 13 – 15 year-old baseball players mostly from Guam’s southern villages Agat, Santa Rita, Talofofo,

Yona along with central and northern players representing Chalan Pago, Dededo and Yigo made the 2015 Guam Babe Ruth Baseball All-Star Team a reality.

EJ Cali, Joe Young II, Drake Eber, and Jaythan Lujan in the dugout in Utah. (courtesy photo)

EJ Cali, Joe Young II, Drake Eber, and Jaythan Lujan in the dugout in Utah. (courtesy photo)

Team Guam eagerly acclimated to the 113 degree weather in Surprise, Arizona starting the 2015 Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional Tournament with a strong win Tuesday, Guam time. The island team gained 17 runs to beat Southern Utah team who produced just 7 runs.

The win against the Southern Utah team began in the first inning as Calvin Aguon reached base with a single to left field. Austin Topasna followed with a hit to centerfield. Runners advanced and Isaiah Nauta hit a shot to centerfield to score Calvin Aguon. Mateo Escalona hit a double to left field to score the second run. Southern Utah came back and scored 2 runs in the bottom of the first to tie the game after one complete inning.

Calvin Aguon returns starting the 3rd inning with a single to centerfield followed by Austin Topasna with yet another single to centerfield leaving Isaiah Nauta, Joe Young, II, Siggi Sanchez, Jaythan Lujan to continue the hits and by the end of this inning Guam took the lead with 6 runs and Southern Utah stunned with 2 runs.

Damon Concepcion started the 4th inning with a single to right field followed by Austin Topasna, Isaiah Nauta and Mateo Escalona to up the score, Guam 9 and Southern Utah 3.

John Anthony Cruz started the 6th inning with a single to left field followed with hits by Patrick Tallada and Isaiah Nauta. Team Guam finishes the 6th inning with 11 runs and Southern Utah 5 continuing to trail behind.

Joe Young, II leadoff batter for the 7th, Siggi Sanchez, Jaythan Lujan, John Anthony Cruz, Drake Eber, Austin Topasna and Isaiah Nauta scored to make the final count Guam 17 Southern Utah 7…Guam winning pitcher was Mateo Escalona.

Starting line–up for this game

Calvin Aguon, 2nd baseman

Austin Topasna, ccnter field

Isaiah Nauta, shortstop

Mateo Escalona, pitcher

Joe Young, II, 1st baseman

Siggi Sanchez, 3rd baseman

Jaythan Lujan, right field

Daniel Blas, catcher

John Anthony Cruz, left field

Damon Concepcion, extra hitter

Head Coach: Steve Aguon

Assistant Coach: Fred Sanchez

Team Manager and Guam Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth League, Vice Commissioner: Joe Young

Mateo Escalona warming up on the mound during the game against Utah. (courtesy photo)

Mateo Escalona warming up on the mound during the game against Utah. (courtesy photo)

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The Guam Legislature recently paid homage to Michael Reidy, who passed away stateside in March. Reidy was instrumental in getting Guam into the Olympics in 1988 as well as a founding father of the island’s paddling community.

 

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Nadine Del Carmen graduated from Santa Clara University on June 11. She was named captain of the Santa Clara women’s tennis team in her senior year and she will be attending Georgetown University in the fall to pursue her masters and will be playing for the Hoyas women’s tennis team.

 

 

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