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.