A’s Win Despite Loss, Beat Belau 9-2 In BBL

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Guam – It was a somber night for the Bank of Guam A’s, who made their return to the diamond for the first time since the tragic death of Steve Alcantara.  

The A’s challenged Team Belau and put up a defensive front after taking an early lead in the bottom of the first inning.  The A’s racked up six runs off hits and 4 Belau errors to take a 6-0 lead in their first at bat.

For the most part Belau went three up, three down up until the fifth inning where they got into the ballgame with 2 runs off 2 hits.  That would be the last time anyone would cross the plate for Blue and Yelllow.

The A’s tacked on 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth, thanks to a 2 RBI double by Matt Muna.

“When we entered the stadium, it just wasn’t the same.  The loss of our pitcher, short stop, leader, played a big role played a big role in how quiet the game was last night.  Everyone chipped in here and there for the win last night there’s still a difference without that player being with us,” said A’s Manager Shon Muna.
Muna would also like to encourage fans to come out this Sunday as the team will pay tribute to Alcantara before the game starts at 7:00pm.

At the end of 8 and a half innings Bank of Guam walked away with a 9-2 victory that puts them at 4-1 and drops Belau to 1-4.  Gavin Santos got the win with 5 strikeouts.  Gaitlin Cruz stepped on the mound and sat down 4.  John McDonald was given the loss with 1 K.

For the A’s, Matt Muna was 2-4 with a run and 2 RBIs.  Shon Muna Jr. went 2-4 with 2 runs and a ribi.  Kareem Mortin was 1-4 with a Run and a ribi and Randy Martinez went 1-3 with 2 runs.  Mike Cruz was 2-3 with a run and a ribi for Belau.

Tomorrow night the defending Moylan’s ODC Braves will play the Agana Heights Docomo Reds.  The Braves are coming off a loss to the Bank and the Reds are on a two game winning streak.  Game starts at 7pm at the Paseo Stadium.  You can follow the game as it happens and view over 200 player profile videos on facebook at GuamBBL.  

Game Notes
After a moment of silence before the game the Bank extended the silence and knelt down for a moment of prayer for their lost player.  Usually announcer Mark Colby plays a song during warm-ups before the first pitch.  Last night Steve Alcantara’s song played which is Yolanda Be Cool “We No Speak Americano”.  The Bank players have selected certain songs to play when stepping up to the plate.

 

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