Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars lose consolation championship game

GUAM STOPPED: The Guam Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars on Saturday lost their 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series consolation championship game to Pacific Northwest 12-1. The World Series took place from Aug. 1 to 9 in Visalia, Calif. Players include Treyvin Castro, Jovaien Bamba, Cadin Quidachay, Jared Datuin, Xander Ray Borja, Landen Minor, Ty Fernandez, Rayshaun Parks, Dylan Anthony Rodeo, Colin Talbot, Donovin Tenorio, Evan Cali, John Cabrera, Jerick Taimanglo and Kekoa Sudo. The team includes manager John McDonald and coaches Chris Cali and EJ Lizama. Photo courtesy of Jana Page

After a gutty performance to advance to the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series playoff losers bracket consolation championship game, the Guam Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars fell short.

On Saturday, in Visalia, California, Guam, with only three hits and six errors, lost to the Pacific Northwest division champions, 12-1.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the third inning, Guam remained within striking distance. In the third inning, allowing seven runs, the game slipped away.

Xander Ray Borja, Guam’s starting pitcher, was tagged with the loss. Through just over two innings, surrendering four hits and striking out two batters, he exited the game. 

Providing Guam’s only hits, Ty Fernandez, John Cabrera and Borja each hit a single. 

Although Guam won three games throughout the tournament, with 31 errors committed in seven games, Guam was its own worst enemy. 

Before leaving the island, John McDonald, Guam’s manager, said, “If we play good defense and play small ball, we can take it.”

Guam, with the loss to Pacific Northwest, placed eighth out of 12 teams.

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