Guam Babe Ruth All-Stars set to battle

CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': The Guam Babe Ruth All-Stars, comprising the island's best 13- to 15-year-olds, are off island playing in the Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional in Taft, Calif.. The double-elimination tournament, featuring the region's best baseball players, runs from July 21 to 27. Justin Bennett/For The Guam Daily Post

Guam’s Babe Ruth All-Stars, loaded with the best 13- to 15-year-old baseball players the island has to offer, Sunday, open up play at the Babe Ruth Pacific Southwest Regional in Taft, California. 

Guam’s team was selected from the Yigo Astros, Agat Cardinals, Yona Redhawks, Are You Serious, and Pirates.

The weeklong tournament, featuring a 10-team field of the region’s best young squads, takes place July 21 to 27.  

Guam, with a berth into the Babe Ruth World Series at stake, will battle against teams from California, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

The World Series, every team’s goal, will take place Aug. 7 to 15 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

Five Cities, California, winner of the 2018 PSW Regional, that same year, won the World Series.

With other teams having to battle through various local and state qualifying tournaments to make the regionals, Guam received a direct bid into the double-elimination event. 

Chris Fejeran, Guam’s manager, knows that the PSW produces some of the top talents in the country and “is looking forward to the competition.”  

“The boys have been working hard to get ready,” Fejeran said.

Joining Fejeran in coaching and parenting, Brandon Unpingco, Jeff Cruz, Devita Herrera, and Merl Pecina will make sure that their team performs at its best. 

Guam, with half of the 12-man roster capable of pitching, may cause havoc for other teams. 

“We have a lot of pitchers,” Fejeran said. “We will take it one game at a time.”

Marko Parks, one of Guam’s ace pitchers, said that the Guam coaching staff has been working to improve his location. 

Sage Reyes, sharing insight on how his team can be successful, said that they “need to work together.” 

He added that it’s important to “just go out and have fun.” 

Darion Herrera, another of the team’s all-stars, said that the team will have to “work hard. 

A team consensus showed that the all-stars are looking forward to playing against the best players in the mainland.  

“We want to play against good players,” said Deone Perez, a member of the team.

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