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YOUTH BASEBALL TAKES OVER JUNE

Local youth baseball is stepping up this month with the 16U Western Pacific Series Youth Baseball Tournament. Three Guam Elite Teams with the best 13-16 year olds from Guam challenging two visiting select teams from the Pacific Region.

FSM Select and Philippine Habagat Teams to Challenge Guam’s Best 16U Ballplayers

Local youth baseball is stepping up this month with the 16U Western Pacific Series Youth Baseball Tournament. Three Guam Elite Teams with the best 13-16 year olds from Guam challenging two visiting select teams from the Pacific Region.

Guam Amateur Baseball Association and Guam Baseball Academy will be hosting the 2nd Annual Western Pacific Series Youth Baseball Tournament. The 2015 Western Pacific Series is scheduled with the visiting FSM and Habagat Select Teams in the 13-16 year age group. International games start Thursday, June 18 with the championship game Monday, June 22 at the beautiful Leo Palace Resort Baseball Stadium.

Three Guam teams- Guam Giants, Guam Orioles and Team Guam made up of Guam’s Elite Players will start pool play on Monday, June 15 and Wednesday, June 17 at Okkodo High School Baseball Field. Two Championship games will be played on Monday, June 22, 3:00 pm. at Leo Palace.

The Western Pacific Series is an annual winner-take all youth baseball championship between participating Guam Teams and baseball neighbors in the region.  The goal and concept of the Western Pacific Series is designed to enhance relationships through friendly, higher level competition from teams in the region to challenge Guam’s best baseball athletes.

Baseball competition also allows the exchange of cultural experiences, further highlighting the importance of developing opportunities for wholesome, social interactions. The Western Pacific Series is considered an international championship tournament of the Guam Baseball Academy Program.

“Sports and baseball is a great way to create lasting friendships.  The 2015 16U WPS is the third Western Pacific Series to be played with Guam winning the 2014 14U and 18U tournaments.  The annual WPS tournaments goals is to foster relationships with other islands in our region and bring teams to Guam to play competitive baseball”, says Justin Bennett, Tournament Coordinator.

Bennett continues, “Western Pacific Series is reviving competitive game play offering young baseball athletes the opportunity to succeed on the field. Most importantly, WPS provides its participants with experiences and opportunities that go beyond local baseball and allow young players to grow to meet their best potential. On behalf of Guam Baseball Academy, I congratulate all of the players and coaches and with them the best of luck in the 2015 16U Western Pacific Series Baseball Tournament.

Guam Amateur Baseball Association is a nonprofit organization with a focus on developing baseball and fast pitch softball on Guam and the Western Pacific region. GABA and GBA enjoyed a successful 2013-14 activity season with multiple leagues, tournaments and clinics for baseball and fast pitch softball players of all ages, with over 250 games of baseball and fast pitch softball that brought out Guam’s young talent.

UPCOMING 2015 TOURNAMENTS AND LEAGUES

August – Women’s Baseball Cup, Village Tee-Ball Program

September – Fall Wood Bat League, Women’s Fast Pitch Softball League, Men’s Masters Baseball League,

12U Top Gun Baseball Tournament, 14U Top Gun Baseball Tournament

October – High School Pre-Season Baseball Tournament

January 2016 – 18U Top Gun Baseball League

2015 16U Western Pacific Series Schedule

Guam Team Pool Play at Okkodo HS Baseball Field

June 15, Monday 4pmGuam Orioles VS Team Guam

June 15, Monday 7pmGuam Orioles VS Guam Giants

June 17, Wednesday 6pm  Guam Giants VS Team Guam

International Pool Play at Leo Palace Baseball Stadium

June 18, Thursday 12pmPhilippines VS Guam Orioles

June 18, Thursday 3pm Team Guam VS Pohnpei

June 19, Friday 12pm  Guam Giants VS Philippines

June 19, Friday 3pm  Philippines VS Team Guam

June 19, Friday 3pm  Pohnpei VS Guam Orioles (at Okkodo HS)

June 20, Saturday 12pm Pohnpei VS Philippines

June 20, Saturday 3pm  Guam Giants VS Pohnpei

Playoff Elimination Games at Leo Palace Baseball Stadium

June 21, Sunday 9:30am#4 seed vs #5 seed

June 21, Sunday 12:30pm#2 seed vs#3 seed

June 21, Sunday 3:30pm #1 seed vs winner 4/5 seed

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME @ Leo Palace Baseball Stadium

June 22, Monday 3:00pm

Awards Ceremony

 

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