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JR. NATIONALS PROVE BEST OF UOG BASEBALL CLASSIC

Young national team goes unbeaten in tournament

PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday afternoon, the Guam Junior Nationals beat the UOG Tritons 11-2 in the UOG Baseball Classic Championship  game. The Jr Nats finished the tournament 5-0-1 and the Tritons ended with a 4-2-1 record.  

The championship game opened with a pitchers duel. Jr Nats starting pitcher, Nolan Cruz, had 8 strikeouts with no runs  scored in the first 5 innings. Tritons’ starting pitcher, Dominic Pangelinan, had 6 strikeouts in his 6-inning battle, and one  run scored. The Jr Nationals led the game 1-0 for the first 5 innings of play.  

It was in the 6th inning after both teams implemented a pitching change, that runs would start to roll in. Dominic  Pangelinan would hit a two-run RBI triple in the first half of the 6th inning to give the Tritons the lead 2-1. In the bottom  of the 6th, the Jr Nats would also score 2 runs off an error with two runners on base. After 6 complete innings, Jr Nats  regained the lead 3-2.  

The Jr. Nationals and UOG Tritons battled in the championship game of the UOG Baseball Classic on Saturday at the GW Field.

The Jr Nats, having already hit against Tritons’ second pitcher, Oneil Yobech, would bunt their way towards an 8-run  inning. The Jr Nats’ aggressive base running and smart hitting would lead to an influx of errors on the Tritons’ defensive  end.  

Going into the top of the 7th inning, Jr Nats coach repeatedly chanted, “0-0 score mindset.” This was to ensure that his  young squad would keep their composure and focus on defense. The Tritons could not muster the energy for a  comeback while the Jr Nats were still feeding off their 6th inning at-bat adrenaline and retired the Tritons three up, three  down at the top of the 8th.  

The Tritons were able to avoid a ten-run rule and had one last at-bat to fight for the title.  

UOG had a scoring opportunity with bases loaded and two outs, but Arren Yatar would end the game with a strikeout  and a final score of 11-2 after 8 and a half innings.  

All-Tournament Team

MVP: Arren Yatar (Jr Nationals) 

Matt Murciano (Braves) 

Herbert Pinaula (Braves) 

Chris Sablan (Cardinals) 

Ton Chaco (Cardinals) 

Jathan Muna-Barnes (UOG Tritons) 

Kyle Martinez (UOG Tritons) 

Dominic Pangelinan (UOG Tritons) 

Javen Pangelinan (Jr Nationals) 

Javier Concepcion (Jr Nationals) 

Frank Ninete Jr (Jr Nationals)

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