Day 1 - Samoa Vs. Palau

Team Samoa PIcther Making Delivery

Baseball for the South Pacific Games started with a drizzle, but as the rain faded, the play intensified for the Samoa's first ever international baseball game.  The game marked not only the first international Baseball game for team Samoa but also the first game played at the newly constructed Baseball complex at Faleata.

Play was slow until the fourth inning when Team Palau started picking up their pace.  Palau scored ten runs while Samoa's pitcher Perelini Perelini committed 4 wild pitches, allowing 4 unearned runs.  On the offensive end, Charles Perelini made Samoa's first ever base hit in international play.

Samoa team manager, Koreti Tuala, commented, "It is a good effort" and that Team Samoa's performance left her "quite satisfied."  Team Samoa first came together in the 2nd week of May, with 32 members on the team support as well as playing for the team. 

Team Palau performed a technically sound game, with pitcher Omengkar Nagata pitching 3 complete innings, allowing no hits and striking out 3 batters.  No. 7, Herman Alfonso, went 2-for-3 scoring 2 runs and stealing 2 bases.  To end the 4th inning, Palau's defence performed a well executed double-play.

 

Due to the "mercy rule", the game was called after 5 innings, 13-0, with Palau as the winner.  A difference of 10 runs in 5 innings, or 20 runs in 3 innings, ends a game as a result of the "mercy rule."

 

 

 




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