Day 3 - Samoa vs. Fiji

Fiji center fielder Semi Bolatini slides in safe at home
Samoa pitcher Lio Tuala starts the second game of Samoa double header

Samoa and Fiji came together to complete Samoa's doubleheader on a dusty Wednesday afternooon at Falata's Baseball complex, both hoping to walk away with their first win of the competition.  Fiji and Samoa both entered the day with 0-2 records.  Samoa's loss in the morning to New Caldonia put them at 0-3 in a bittersweet loss that scored Samoa's first 2 runs in international play.  They hoped to carry that momentum into this afternoon's matchup.  Assistant Coach Henry Scanlan said that he felt his team "had a good chance to beat Fiji if his team could limit the mental mistakes."

Fiji took the lead in the first inning scoring off 2B/Pitcher, Lio Tuala.  Tuala had pitched one inning of relief in the mornings game and had only a three hour window to rest.  Samoa's youth continued to show in fielding and judgement errors as Fiji was able to capitalize on passed balls and fielding errors.  Lio Tuala showed good control of the ball desipite his repeat appearance.  Samoa shortstop Eneliko Tui stole second base in the second inning.  Tui batted in teammate Charles Perelini to bring the score to 2-5 by the end of the third inning.

Heading into the fourth inning it looked like Samoa might be able to make a run at it's first international win, but Tuala began showing wear, allowing 2 more runs.  Fiji right-handed pitcher Sitiveni Ligamamada held Samoa to the 2 runs.  He allowed Samoa third baseman, Perilini Perilini, to hit a lead off single in the sixth inning before striking out three batters in a row.  Fiji's offense built a lead of 12-2 after top of the 6th and the game was called on account of runs.

Fiji advances to a record of 1-2, while Samoa moves on to a 0-4 record. 




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