FSM Junior Baseball Team 2015 makes a great showing in Okinawa

FSM Junior Baseball Team 2015 makes a great showing in Okinawa

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By Bill Jaynes The Kaselehie Press March 18, 2015 Pohnpei, FSM—

This afternoon, as weary travelers arrived in Pohnpei, they were met by a throng of well wishers there to greet Team FSM after the team's triumphant series of baseball games in Okinawa, Japan. As the first of the little leaguers walked into the arrival area after collecting their baggage, a cheer went up that only got louder as the boys walked out the door one by one. It was well deserved. Team FSM was invited by Nippon Travel Agency. the organizer of the East Asia International Baseball Festival to participate in the tournament in a series of exhibition games.

The team wasn't a registered team. Their games didn't count in the tournament but without question, they counted in the lives of the 11 to 14 year olds who participated and who made new friends from around the East Asia region. "Team FSM gave them great impact," said Coach Kosei Kenny Omura. "Because no one know how strong or how weak we are. We won two games. Amazing," he exclaimed. "Especially, we beat Vietnam's national team 6 to 0, and Vietnam was a registered Pony League team." "I was thinking, "I hope the FSM kids will learn something from losing games, instead they won two of the four games they played," he said. "I hope our players learned why Fujita and myself screaming during practice in Pohnpei," he laughed. The games followed Pony League rules but were only five innings long so that they could all be fit into one day. During a Manager and Coach meeting before the opening ceremony, the teams had no problem admitting one 15 year old player from Vietnam and Trevor Cameron (TC) Gallen who is only 11.

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Pony League players are usually between the ages of 12 and 14. The stats that the players put up were impressive at Uruma City Gushikawa Ball Park. Team FSM won their first game against Team Ginowan. The score was 8 to 3 and the win was credited to pitcher Christopher Adalpert. Johnwen Loyola pitched the second game against Vietnam, which Team FSM won 6 to 0. The third game was a one run squeaker pitched by Lorenzo Reim. Okinawa scored its only run in the fourth inning but FSM remained scoreless. In the fourth game the teams were allowed free substitutions of players and all of the team members played. Okinawa came out strong with three runs in the first inning and Team FSM was left scrambling. Final score in that game was 4 to 1 in favor of Okinawa. No stats were kept for that game. Photos on Facebook showed that the team represented FSM well and had opportunity for cultural engagement as well. The players on the FSM Junior Baseball Team 2015 were: Christopher Adalpert of Nett, Nathan Adrian Anson of Kitti, Esmond Burdette Moses of U, Mateo Phillip of Kolonia, Detrickson Anson Jr. of Kitti, Gibbs Jack of Mwoakilloa, Kekoa Pernet of Kolonia, Tyrone Attao of Nett, Jeremy Phillip of Kolonia, Keanu Edgar of Kolonia, Trevor Cameron Gallen of Madolenihmw, Hiromichi Adolph of Kitti, Lorenzo Reim of Kitti, Wensper Martin of Kitti, Johnwen Loyola of Nett, Donevann Esiel of Kitti, Patrickson Anson Jr. of Kitti, and Ernist Ligohr Jr. of U. The Team President was Alex Tretnoff of Yap. The Team Manager was Koji Akinaga of Kolonia. The Coaches were Kazuhiro Fujita and Kosei Kenny Omura. Congratulations to Team FSM!




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