Guam Wins Third Micronesian Baseball Classic

Guam escaped a playoff nail-biter to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands after a pool play loss to CNMI and then claimed the third Micronesian Baseball Classic (MBC) title in the third meeting between the island territories. The Marianas continue to suggest that they are not far behind Guam in potential quality, but have yet to receive much exposure beyond Micronesia. Guam has now taken its second-straight MBC title, but a different team has won silver and bronze in each edition.

For the first time, the Micronesian Classic had only four teams, with Palau failing to send a squad for the first time and neither Guam nor CNMI sending junior teams. However, Pohnpei—like Kosrae and Chuuk (Truk) a member of the Federated States of Micronesia—sent a team for the first time to the event, which has been contested irregularly since 2016. It was not, however, the island’s first international event, as it went 2-11 in the 2006-14 Micronesian Games.

CNMI has a 38-21 all-time record in international tournaments, but has never contested a non-regional tournament. It has been a regular participant at the Micro Games, Pacific Games, and MBC, but has never sent its senior national team to one of the occasional Oceania tournaments.

The MBC is not recognised for rankings points by the WBSC, but it is worth noting that, if it was, Guam would have earned only 9.6 rankings points, enough to raise it two places in the world rankings, but hardly a substantial amount. CNMI would have re-entered the poll at No. 83 (out of 86 recognised federations) with 6.72, and Pohnpei and Kosrae would have totalled 3.84 and .96 points. Smaller federations have lamented reguarly to us that it is cost-prohibitive to host tournaments for ranking points and the Micro Classic is a good example.

After the tournament, Guam and CNMI remained in Hagåtña, Guam, for the Under-15 Oceania Championship.

06 January
CNMI 7-0 Kosrae
Group Stage
06 January
Guam 7-2 Pohnpei
Group Stage
07 January
CNMI 14-3 Pohnpei (6)
Group Stage
07 January
Guam 15-1 Kosrae (5)
Group Stage
08 January
Kosrae 6-5 Pohnpei
Group Stage
08 January
Guam 0-5 CNMI
Group Stage
09 January
Pohnpei 7-4 Kosrae
Page 3-4
09 January
Guam 6-4 CNMI
Page 1-2
10 January
CNMI 4-3 Pohnpei
Semi-Final
10 January
Guam 8-3 CNMI
Final

Final Standings
Team                    W/L      RF          RA
Guam                   4-1          36           15
CNMI                   4-2          37           20
Pohnpei                1-4          20           35
Kosrae                  1-3          11           34

All-Time Medals
Team                    1st           2nd          3rd
Guam                   2             1
CNMI                   1             1             1
Palau                                   1
Pohnpei                                              1
Kosrae                                                1

All-Time Standings
Team                    W/L      RF          RA
Guam                   13-5        169         113
CNMI                   11-6        142         96
Guam U23*         3-1          33           22
Palau                    4-6          48           95
Kosrae                  3-11        57           114
CNMI Juniors*   1-2          36           44
Pohnpei                1-4          20           35
*Did not count for medal placement.

Hat tip to theroonba.com for putting together the results.

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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