Baseball back on — thanks to Parks & Rec
The four American Samoa High School Athletic Association baseball teams from Tafuna, Leone, Samoana and Fa’asao Marist high schools that will be competing in this year’s season.
The season was originally cancelled by the Department of Education, but thanks to the assistance of the Department of Parks and Recreation, it is back on track, although condensed into one week of play.
The opening day was held last Saturday, at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field, with the rest of the games to be played throughout this week.
“When the Department of Parks and Recreation found out that the Department of Education cancelled its baseball season, I felt as the Recreation Division Head that it was only right that the Department of Recreation pick up the league,” said the Department of Parks and Recreation Sports Coordinator Dave Godinet.
He said after informing Director Maeata’anoa Pili Gaoteote of the Parks and Rec concern regarding the baseball situation, the director told him that whatever he feels should be done, to go ahead and do it. That is when they decided to pick up the slack and help out the baseball program.
“Immediately after the cancellation, the president of the American Samoa Baseball Association Victor Langkilde called me up and asked me if there was a way to work together in partnership to get this done so the baseball players could play,” Godinet said.
Recently there was a baseball umpire certification course conducted, for which the new umpires received certification awards during Saturday's opening ceremony and where they used their new skills umpiring the opening games.
Scores on Saturday for the opening day had Leone defeating Samoana 10-3. Leone’s pitcher Tala Legalo was the MVP of that game throwing 7 strikeouts and was 2 for 3 hitting.
In the second game of the day, Fa’asao- Marist downed Tafuna, 7-4. Ikaika Mahuka, the game’s MVP, struck out 12 and batted 2 for 3.
Games are all this week at the Solaita Baseball Field with a scheduled starting time of 1 p.m. and will conclude this coming Saturday with a scheduled starting time of 8:30 a.m.