After receiving a first-round bye in the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series playoff losers bracket, the Guam Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars defeated Southwest, 10-5. Guam, despite committing eight errors, with a seventh-place finish on the line, advances to the lower-level championship game.
The seventh-place game, against the winner of Middle Atlantic vs. Pacific Northwest, is scheduled for 10 a.m. (Guam time) Saturday, in Visalia, Calif.
Guam, despite committing eight errors, Guam relied on Jovaien Bamba's pitching, and a late-inning rally.
Deadlocked 5-5 after the top of the fifth inning, Guam’s bats, in their half of the inning, heated up. Guam’s Evan Cali, breaking the tie, drove in what proved to be the game-winning run. As Dylan Anthony Rodeo crossed home plate, Southwest’s hopes faded.
Tacking on insurance, Guam added four more runs.
Bamba, who pitched a six-inning complete game, gave up four hits, struck out five batters, and allowed no earned runs. Bamba, who performed equally well from the plate, hit an RBI double.
With a five-run cushion headed into the bottom of the sixth inning, Bamba retired the side in order.
Guam, with 9 hits, took advantage of three Southwest pitchers. Guam’s batters, Ty Fernandez, Jerick Taimanglo, Dylan Anthony Rodeo, John Carrera, Treyvin Castro, Evan Cali, Bamba, and Colin Talbot each hit safely.
Cabrera, with two base hits, including a double, led the hit parade.