Guam Amateur Baseball Association (GABA) and Guam Baseball Academy (GBA) will be hosting the 2020 Western Pacific Series Baseball Championships (WPS) against South Korea. The South Korean Bullets Team consists of players 20-28 years of age. 17 players and 3 coaches will visit Guam to test their baseball skills against Guam Amateur Baseball Teams. The series starts Friday afternoon, at the Triple J Guam Baseball Academy Field located on the Okkodo High School Campus. Game schedule listed below:
Friday, Feb 14, 3:00 pm, Saturday, Feb 15, 10:00 am and Sunday, Feb 16, 10:00 am. at Okkodo High School.
Team Bullets visit to Guam is part of their year-long baseball activity for their member athletes. During their stay in February, the team will also conduct multiple three hour practice session prior to their competitive games against Guam Teams. Team Bullets is a Club Team with a roster made up of players primarily from Han Yang University, several semi-pro players and several retired pro players from the Korean Professional League. Team Bullets is ranked 15th place among 678 registered club teams.
“Team Bullets are combined with all passionate players. Though we did not learn baseball when we were very young, but we always at least practice once per week and practice with the pro players”; says Bullets Player Kihoon Kim. Kim continues; “Team Bullets play in various leagues in South Korea and have always made the playoffs every year since 2009. Currently Team Bullets have a record of 165 wins and 84 loses. Last year Team Bullets competed in over 50 games for our season.”
“Not only serious competition, the Western Pacific Series is designed to enhance relationships through friendly, higher level competition. At the same time challenge our best Guam Baseball Athletes against their South Korean Peers. Friendly Baseball also allows the exchange of cultural experiences, further highlighting the importance of developing opportunities for wholesome, social interactions”; says Bill Bennett, Instructor with Guam Baseball Academy.
“I would expect there will be high quality baseball that will create some drama on the field. Games can be emotionally charged as any baseball game that we might witness on Guam all year. We hope this kind of drama will draw Guam Baseball Fans to the baseball field to support the Guam Teams during the 3 game series;” These kind of baseball friendly events will hopefully continue to spark interest in baseball and extra excitement of international competition. The previous WPS has seen teams from the region: 2014 Palau, 2015 Hong Kong, 2016 Philippines, 2018 Japan, 2019 Hong Kong. Later this year there are plans for some Korean National and Jr. National Pool players to visit Guam to conduct their on-field training along with some friendly baseball matches hosted by Guam Baseball Academy”; comments Ray Richardson, Professional Scout and Pitching Instructor with Guam Baseball Academy.
For further information on international competition and visiting teams from the region you can contact Bill Bennett at [email protected]
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