After bringing home hardware from world championships on the softball diamond, the Guam Islanders Softball Association has turned their sights to a bigger diamond in 2019. GISA sent the Guam Bud Light Rockin 50s to the National Adult Baseball Association Phoenix World Series 50+ Wood Division in Phoenix, Arizona, from Oct. 6-12.
The Guam Bud Light Rockin 50s improved to 1-1 in Arizona with a 12-2 win over the Arizona Triad Giants on Monday (Arizona time) at Diablo Stadium.
“We are doing well,” said Bud Light 50s manager John Manibusan after the team’s first win.
JP Aguon was named the game’s most valuable player with a stellar game on the mound for the 50s.
A highlight of the tournament is the chance to play at Diablo Stadium in Tempe. Diablo Stadium is the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels and the home field for the Arizona League’s Tempe Angels.
The NABA World Series events attract some of the top teams in the country for championship series in age divisions 18 and over to 65 and over. The tournament is wood bat only, and teams are guaranteed five games in pool play before the top four teams from each age division advance to a single-elimination playoff.
Many of the GISA masters softball players who traveled to Nevada for the Las Vegas Senior Softball Association’s Senior Softball USA (LVSSA/SSUSA) World Masters Championships at the end of September also traveled to Arizona for the second leg of a two-week baseball “sportscation."
Manibusan explained there is some adjustment from the small to big diamond, noting softball is a quicker game on a smaller field.
Both require the same skills and stamina, “just at a different pace,” pointed out Manibusan.
The Rockin 50s are back in action on Tuesday when they take on the Sacramento Valley Cats, one of three “open” classified teams consisting of former pro and college players.
“Team Guam Rockin 50s will treat each game as a championship game,” said Manibusan, adding the team will represent the island well.