By knocking off West Raleigh, North Carolina, in the Cal Ripken 12U World Series, Guam’s Cal Ripken All-Stars stunned the sporting world.
On Sunday, with a walk-off win in Visalia, California, Guam upset the Southeast Regional champions, 6-5.
“We are playing champion teams that won their region,” said John McDonald, Guam Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars manager.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, Guam looked well on their way to their second straight loss. Trailing 5-2, one out away from hitting the showers, things turned around quickly, and drastically.
Guam’s Evan Cali, with nothing to lose, singled. To load the bases, the next two batters, Colin Talbot and Kekoa Sudo, walked. Donavin Tenorio, with his third hit of the game, cut the deficit, 5-3.
With the bases juiced, Rayshaun Parks and Landen Minor drew run-scoring walks. As the run crossed the plate, the game tied, 5-5.
Tenorio, taking advantage of a wild pitch, scored the game-winner. The youngster, also tasked as a relief pitcher, received the win.
“Our Guam team can do it (win),” McDonald said. “We are doing good. We just have to practice hard and be serious when we come out here.”
Guam, making its first appearance at the World Series in its 51-year history, received a direct bid into the tournament. Most of the 11 teams, to make the tournament, had to qualify.
On Tuesday (Guam time), Guam, 1-2, will take on the team from Waynesboro, PA. Waynesboro is the Middle Atlantic Regional champion. On Wednesday, Guam closes out pool play against Visalia Grey.