After all, Guam was the Asia-Pacific representative in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. During those four years, the team was 2-15 in BLWS play.
Siapan represented Asia-Pacific in 2007 and 2008, but Guam qualified for the tournament this year.
Guam made the most of its opportunity, finishing 2-2 – matching its win total for four previous trips – after a 10-3 victory over Canada.
The game had no bearing on the semi-finals. Already, the Dominican Republic had finished 4-0 in the International Pool, with Mexico, 3-1, set at their opponent. California and Louisiana are set to play in Tuesday night’s U.S. Pool Championship. The two team play tonight in the final game of pool play in a game that will merely determine which dugout each team sits in Tuesday night.
C.J. San Miguel picked up the win for Guam.
Guam took a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Anthony Quichocho singled, then came in with Mark Paulino’s two-run homer. Nathan Lujan was walked, then scored on a double by Jathan Barnes. Barnes then scored when Braden Fernandez singled.
In the top of the fifth inning, Guam increased its lead to 6-0.
Jathan Barnes opened the inning with a single. He advanced to second base on a balk, then third base when Joseph Salas singled. Salas and Barnes scored on a single by Brandon Rosario, but Rosario tried to stretch his single into a double, and was thrown out at second.
Canada scored its three runs in the bottom of the sixth. R.J. Barrett singled, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Dave Stubbard and Johnny MacLeod each drew walks to load the bases. Jeff Conn singled, driving Barrett in from third base. Matthew Brogan then singled, scoring Stubbard from third. Nathan Brewer then drew a walk, sending MacLeod in for Canada’s third run.
Guam put the game away in the top of the seventh. Jathan Barnes singled then Joseph Salas reached base on an error and advanced to second, putting Barnes at third base. Brendon Rosario then reached base on an error, scoring Barnes and moving Salas to third. Salas then scored off Michael Castro’s single.
Jay Joe was hit by a pitch, loading the bases. Roland Cruz then hit a single, scoring Rosario and Castro.
In the bottom of the seventh, all Canada could muster was two strikeouts and a fly out.
Canada finished play in the 2009 BLWS with a 1-3 record.