Yesterday was another nail-biter for the Guam Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars, narrowly winning their second 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series game.
Pitted against Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, the Middle Atlantic Division champions, Guam hung on to victory, 9-8.
With the win, in Visalia, California, Guam, at 2-2, played determined baseball.
“It means everything that we can show what Guam is made of, and shows them we have what it takes,” said Jerick Taimanglo, Guam’s closing pitcher.
Taimanglo, with the tying run 60 feet away and the winning run at first base, struck out the final batter.
“I knew the pressure was on,” Taimanglo said. It felt good to help the team win.”
Jovaien Bamba, Guam’s starting pitcher, through 5 1/3 innings of work, collected the win.
Guam, after scoring two runs in the second inning, never looked back. Bamba, helping his cause, hit an RBI single. John Cabrera, adding an RBI-single, stretched the lead, 4-2.
With three more runs in the top of the fourth inning, Guam was having a field day. Sparking the rally, Bamba and Taimanglo each chipped in with RBI singles. Cabrera, capping the rally with an RBI ground-out, gave Guam a four-run cushion.
In an error-filled game, 13 in all, Guam’s Xander Borja and Treyvin Castro capitalized on the mistakes.
Guam’s Ty Fernandez, with three hits, led their 10-hit performance.
On Wednesday (Guam time), with a berth into the six-team single-elimination playoff one win away, Guam controls its destiny. With a win against Visalia Grey, one of only a couple of wild-card teams invited to play in the tournament, Guam will inch ever closer to its first world championship.
The game, starting at 12:30 p.m., will be livestreamed at www.visaliaworldseries2019.com.
The top three seeds, in the American and National Divisions, advance to the playoffs.