Two Aguon homers enough for Guam
The Guam Central Little League All-Stars had no idea what to expect in their first ever trip to the Little League World Series.
But after their second straight victory at Williamsport, a 5-0 win against Russia, the picture is becoming clearer.
They’re here to win it all.
“We plan to win,” added Guam center fielder Aaron Sanchez.
“I am pretty confident now, but I am not going to take anything for granted,” said Guam manager Ramon C. Aguon, Jr. “We didn’t travel this far to go home early.”
A one-out rally in the third inning put the first runs of the game on the board for Guam. Sanchez doubled to right to knock in Kurt Diaz. A Derwin Aguon round-tripper then brought in both Sanchez and Aguon, increasing Guam’s lead to 3-0.
“I knew that the ball was gone as soon as I hit it,” Aguon said.
Russia almost answered Guam’s scores in their next at-bat. The team out of Khovrino, Moscow loaded the bases with none out before Stepan Kochkine and Kirill Frolov succumbed to strikeouts. Alexey Kobrinets then hit a soft fly to Guam second baseman Freddy Abanes Cepeda Jr.
Aguon was not finished with Russia.
Just as he had done in his previous at bat, Aguon brought home Sanchez with a line drive over the fence. Aguon’s second home run of the game gave Guam the 5-0 lead.
“They were throwing a lot of breaking balls, so I told my guys to wait on it and be more picky,” manager Aguon said.
The loss was Moscow’s second of the tournament, which puts the international semifinals virtually out of their reach.
“The kids are dissappointed,” said Russian manager Mikhail Kornev. “In Moscow, we always win. We didn’t commit any errors today, which was good, but we simply didn’t have our bats.”
- David Graham-Caso