Guam Wins Second Tourney in Fortnight, Qualifies for U15 World Cup

Guam capped a solid fortnight of baseball competition by qualifying for the Under-15 World Cup after an impressive comeback in the Ocean Championship. Only Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and New Zealand entered the competition, held immediately after the senior national teams of Guam and CNMI contested the Micronesian Baseball Classic [link], also in Hagåtña, Guam. The championship of Guam’s younger team also meant the U.S. territory will receive rankings points for the second consecutive year.

Despite an opening day loss to the eventual champions, New Zealand finished round robin play in first place, forcing Guam to play an extra game. That playoff against CNMI served as an excellent tuneup for the hosts, who then smashed the higher-ranked Diamondblacks 12-0 in six innings to claim the title.

The tournament was a boon to all four territories, none of whom receive regular competition. CNMI, in particular, is hardly ever seen outside of Micronesian-only contests. The event also marked only the second time an Oceania tournament has actually been held since 2017, with the Under-23 Championship, also scheduled for this month, cancelled as most events are. Accordingly to official WBSC methodology [link], Guam took home a whopping nine points—potentially enough to move from 52nd to No. 50 in the WBSC poll—and New Zealand claimed 4.95 markers, with CNMI’s .95 of a point re-entering the U.S. territory in the global rating list.

Game Results:
January 14
New Zealand 4-14 Guam (5 innings)
New Zealand 18-1 CNMI (5 innings)

January 15
Guam 9-5 CNMI
CNMI 9-20 New Zealand (5 innings)

January 16
Guam 3-4 New Zealand
CNMI 1-11 Guam (5 innings)

January 17
New Zealand 8-7 Guam
New Zealand 6-7 CNMI

January 18
Guam 9-1 CNMI

January 19
Page Playoff: Guam 4-1 CNMI (3rd)
Championship Game: Guam 12-0 New Zealand (6 innings)

Final Standings          W-L    RF      RA
1st- Guam*                       6-2       69        24
2nd- New Zealand          4-3       60        53
3rd- CNMI                        1-6       25        77

*Qualifies for 2020 U15 Baseball World Cup

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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