Guam – Guam’s 16U National baseball team left to New Zealand this past Friday to play the ‘AA’ 16U Oceania Championships in Auckland from January 25-28, 2011.
The Championships is hosted by Baseball New Zealand and the Howick Pakuranga Baseball Club and will feature the best and brightest baseball talents from New Zealand, Australia and Guam. The three teams will compete in a triple round robin series to become the Oceania Champion and a chance to represent the region in the IBAF World Championships in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico in August.
Major League Baseball player Curtis Granderson of the New York Yankees will throw out the first pitch on January 25th. Granderson is in New Zealand to help promote the game of baseball and is also holding clinics.
Guam’s team consists of Trebor Auerro (C), Jimmy Alerta (OF), Jathan Conway (OF), Timothy Cordero (2B), Dominic Crisostomo (P), Nicholas Cruz (SS), Tamisha Fejeran (1B), Lorenzo Flores (C), Shawn Flores (IF), Jake Grandjean (LF), Vance Kaneshi (3B), Mark Park (1B), Johnny Quenga (3B), Bill Quenga (RF) and Frank Troy (2B). The team is headed by Sean Muna.
Guam’s first game will also be the tournament’s opening game and will take place at 10 in the morning on January 25, New Zealand time, with the days games televised on SKY Sports. Guam will take on the hosting New Zealand team.