(Alabang, Philippines) The Guam Cal Ripken All-Star Team accepted an invitation to compete in the 6th Annual Kids Goodwill Baseball Games hosted by the Alabang Community in Manila, Philippines held January 13 – 15, 2012.
The Guam players consisting of 10 – 12 year old baseball hopefuls beat out six different teams from Asia before arriving to the playoffs and ultimately becoming the International Championship Tournament winners. In the Final Game of the International Bracket, Guam faced the Team from Singapore for the Championship. Guam took the first meeting between the two teams by a 7 to 5 margin and knew that Singapore was out for revenge.
With Daniel Diaz on the mound, Singapore started the Game with a Hit by Pitch and single off Diaz and Singapore looked like they were on their way to fulfill their quest at the Championship. Diaz faced 10 batters in the First and Second innings but once he settled in and got into his routine, he ended up striking out 5batters; walked 2, avoided any hits and didn’t allow any runs.
Once Guam had the opportunity to offensively show what they had left in them, it was hard to stop. Enrique Untalan started off with a single followed by Joshua Calvo doubling to right field. With two runs on base, Gavin Salas drives a shot to left field for a double and scores two runs. The next batter Austin Peredo was Hit by a Pitch and once again with two runners occupying the bases, Jalen Delgado hits a line into the gap between left and center Field for a double scoring both Peredo and Salas. Singapore pitching then ended Team Guam’s rally.
Team Guam added a few more runs in the bottom of the second and third from Clayton Cliffton, Enrique Untalan, Joey Young and Cooper Paulino bringing the score to 8-0.
Next on the mound, Singapore faced Joey Young in the third and fourth innings; He challenged 7 batters, struck out 4 and allowed only one hit also avoiding any runs. Singapore continued their push at the plate but the pitching of Team Guam ended up silencing their bats.
Team Guam added a few more runs in the Fourth and Fifth by Gavin Salas and Avery Aromin extending Team Guam’s lead to 10-0. This put Team Singapore on the ropes on the top of the Sixth.
Gavin Salas was called in to complete the remainder of the Game and during his two innings, He faced 8 batters, striking out 4; walking 3, and avoided any hits as well as runs.
At the end of the Game, Team Guam defeated Team Singapore 10-0 on the mercy rule and was crowned the International Champions of the Tournament.
Special appreciation goes out to all who made the trip possible and to Mayor Paul McDonald who sponsored a celebratory event at Enchanted Kingdom, Philippines version of Disneyland for Team Guam.
Information from a press release.