Game 12
Pacific
2 vs. Canada 0

Sunday, August 21, 2005
5:00PM ET
Lamade Stadium

 
Good Guam All Mighty
Fundamentals help Guam advance to 2-0 in pool play


By Nick Williams

Flawless defense, timely hitting and great pitching is what wins you ballgames. Just ask Guam.

Flawless defense: A six inning game with no errors, which saw the slick Guam infield execute 10 ground ball outs.

Check.

Timely hitting: A pinch hit single by Gerald Borja to break the game open with one out in the bottom of the third.

Check.

Great pitching: A one-hit, complete game performance from Sean Manley.

Check.

For Guam, it’s what enabled them to beat Canada 5-0 and move to 2-0 in pool play, strengthening their chances of earning a spot in the next round of the Little League Baseball World Series.

From the start, Guam was in command, particularly Manley. The righthander retired the first three Canada hitters he faced on three straight ground balls—an indicator of what was to come.

In all, Manley retired 10 hitters on groundballs, including four that he fielded himself. He finished with six strikeouts, two walks, a hit batsman and a lone single allowed in the fourth that broke up his bid for a no-hitter.

“He was throwing strikes,” said Canada coach Glenn Morache about Manley’s performance. “Our boys just looked tired, maybe that’s what it was. But [Manley] pitched a good game. He hit his spots. He got all those ground balls. We were way ahead of him.”

Manley’s counterpart, Canada’s Jeff Degano, also went the distance, allowing 5 runs (four earned) on eight hits and five walks,

It could have been worse, if Degano hadn’t escaped a major jam in the first when Guam was caught trying to execute a double steal.

Calvert Alokoa drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a groundout. Trae Santos then followed with a single that knocked in Aloka for the game’s first run. A single by Manley put runners on first and third with one out.

With Ryan McIntosh at the plate, Manley took off for second. Catcher Matt Catonio fired to shortstop Justin Atkinson, who was covering second. Atkinson tagged Manley out and threw back to Catonio to get Santos trying to take home, escaping what could have been a potentially dangerous inning with only one run allowed.

“It’s just part of our technique,” Guam manager Shon Muna said about his team’s aggressiveness.

In the third, Byron Quenga sliced a one out single to right and stole second. After Alokoa drew another walk, pinch hitter Borja singled to center to score Quenga. When centerfielder Conrad Gallagher overran the ball Alokoa ran threw the third base coach’s stop sign to come around to score the second run of the inning, making it 3-0 Guam.

“I just wanted to show my coach I can hit the ball and play ball,” said Borja of his RBI base hit.

Guam made it 4-0 in the fourth on back-to-back wild pitches from Degano.

McIntosh led off the inning with a double and advanced to third on the first wild pitch. On the very next pitch, Degano uncorked one into the dirt in front of home plate. The ball bounced past Catonio and McIntosh scampered home, sliding in just before Catonio’s tag.

Guam tacked on an insurance run in the fifth on a Joseph Duenas RBI single that made the score 5-0 and sent Guam on its way to their second pool play win.

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