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12U All-Stars return home

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12U All-Stars return home

SPORTSMANSHIP: The Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars returned to Guam on Monday evening after competing in the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Visalia, California in early August. The Guam team received the sportsmanship award in the tournament. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

The Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars returned home Tuesday to cheers and hugs after a gritty performance at the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series.

Friends and family waited anxiously to congratulate and cheer on their favorite athletes – all of whom were part of an island contingent that did well at the off-island tournament.

12U All-Stars return home

FAMILY STRONG: Family members welcomed home the Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars and their chaperones at the A. B. Won Pat International Air Terminal on Monday evening. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

12U All-Stars return home

REUNITED: The Unpingco family reunites after returning from the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Visalia, California on Monday evening at the A. B. Won Pat Borja International Air Terminal on Monday evening. From left, Brandon, Brandon Jr., Tammie and Ahlleiya. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

Held in Visalia, California, from Aug. 1-9, the 12U All-Stars turned in a great run that included a shot at the playoff losers bracket consolation championship game where they fell to the Pacific Northwest division champions. The 12U team turned out three wins – the best of any Guam team competing in the various age groups this summer. The athletes were also good ambassadors for the island, winning the sportsmanship award for their performance in the tournament.

12U All-Stars return home

MISSED: Family members welcome back the Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars at the A. B. Won Pat International Air Terminal on Monday evening. The boys were competing in the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Visalia, California. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

They had several shots at higher playoff berths, but committed errors that cost them further down the road. However, their experience bodes well for the growth of the athletes who may continue to represent the island in future competitions.

12U All-Stars return home

HIGH-FIVES: The Cal Ripken 12U All-Stars returned from Visalia, California where they competed in the 2019 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series from Aug. 1 to 9. Norman M. Taruc/The Guam Daily Post

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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