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Team Amerika Samoa wins third straight game

Team Amerika Samoa
Source: Team Amerika Samoa

Agana, GUAM — With their recent victory, American Samoa's U18 National Baseball Team remains undefeated, winning three straight games at the Baseball Confederation of Oceania, Under 18, Regional Elimination Tournament in Agana, Guam. The format for competition is a single round robin.

Team Amerika Samoa defeated Team New Zealand 8-4 this past Wednesday. Their next scheduled match-up is today, against host country Guam. In a double header earlier this week, Team Amerika Samoa beat Palau by a landslide, 13-2; and then carried the momentum over to a 5-4 thriller against the highly ranked Aussies.

Yesterday, as part of their community service project, Team Amerika Samoa visited Juan M. Guerreru Elementary School in Dededo, Guam.  According to team chaperone Malopao Dr. Akenese Nikolao, Team Amerika Samoa partnered with 5 Star Legacy Foundation to donate their time, as well as supply bags for first graders, benches, and other items to the school.

Mark Comer (traveling with the Amerika Samoa Team) is the head of 5 Star Legacy Foundation. 

On behalf of the school and students, principal Melissa Mafnas and vice principal Marites Garcia greeted the players, coaches, and family members of Team Amerika Samoa with a warm "Hafa Adai".

The players spent the whole day assembling benches and visiting with the selected first graders.

The Games conclude Jan. 27 and the winner of the Guam competition will represent Oceania at the World Baseball Championship next year, in Korea — all expenses paid.

Team Amerika Samoa, composed of 10 off-island and 10 local players, is led by Brigham Young University assistant baseball coach Brent Haring, assisted by long-time American Samoa baseball coach J. Victor Langkilde and his eldest son, Joseph Langkilde (a team assistant with BYU baseball), and Dave Eldredge from Hawaii.

Malo lava boys!