Northern Marianas: Saipan Baseball League
2008 Little League
2008 LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL SUMMER PROGRAM IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TA’ITA’ITAMA PLAYS CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES TODAY AT TONY SOLAITA BASEBALL FIELD
The American Samoa Little League Baseball Association in partnership with the First Lady Mary Tulafono’s Initiative Ta’ita’itama is ending its 7-week 2008 summer little league baseball program. This year’s summer program saw about 300 participants involved from ages 4 – 18 competing in 5 different divisions. The divisions played this year were the Tee-Ball (4-6yrs), Coach Pitch (7-8yrs), Minor League (9-10yrs), Major League (11-13yrs), and Senior League (14-18yrs).
The overall teams that were fielded this year had four teams for the Tee Ball Division (Island Choice Indians, KFC Colonel’s, Kellog’s Tigers, Longliner Services Yellow Fins), four teams for the Coach Pitch Division (McDonald’s Big Macs, Glidden Patriots, KHJ Radio Eagles, Star Kist Charlie’s), four teams for the Minor League Division (Shoe Tree Ninjas, Pizza Hut Braves, MYD Royals, and McConnell Dowell Marlins), five teams for the Major League Division (GHC Mighty Powerade’s, Gatorade Dodgers, Ford Rangers, L&L Warriors, PICED Rebels), and two teams for the Senior League Division ( Express Electronics Yankees, and Solar Giants).
The regular season has come to an end with competitive play from all divisions this year. The final standing for the divisions has the Tee-Ball and Coach Pitch all at the top. The results for the rest of the league are as follows:
MINOR LEAGUE (9-10yrs)
MYD Royals 6-0 Pizza Hut Braves 3-3 Shoe Tree Ninjas 2-4 McConnell Dowell Marlins 0-6
MAJOR LEAGUE (11-13yrs)
GHC Mighty Powerade’s 7-1 Gatorade Dodgers 5-3 PICED Rebels 4-4 L&L Warriors 3-5 Ford Rangers 1-7
SENIOR LEAGUE (14-18yrs)
Solar Giants 3-3 Express Electronics Yankees 3-3
The playoffs for the Minor League Division saw the top team MYD Royals as the only undefeated team for this year’s league play against the McConnell Dowell Marlins.
The Royals continued their dominance and steamrolled the Marlins 11 – 0 to advance to the championship game. The second match up pitted the Pizza Hut Braves against the Shoe Tree Ninjas. It was a tough game at the start, but the Braves were too much for the Ninjas and walked away with a 7 – 2 victory and set them up with a date against the Royals for the 2008 Minor League Division Championship.
The Major League Division will feature a repeat of last year’s championship game between the Gatorade Dodgers versus the G.H.C. Mighty Powerade’s. The Dodgers made it through by defeating the Ford Rangers 11-7, while the Powerade’s defeated the PICED Rebels 6-3. The finals should be a tough game between these two teams.
All championship games and consolation games will be played today Friday July 18, at the Tony Solaita Baseball Field.
|12:00pm||Shoe Tree Ninjas vs McConnell Dowell Marlins||3rd Place Game Minor League Division|
|2:00pm||PICED Rebels vs Winner of the Ford Rangers vs. L&L Warriors||3rd Place Game Major League|
|4:00pm||M.Y.D. Royals vs Pizza Hut Braves||Championship Game Minor League Division|
|6:00pm||G.H.C. Mighty Powerade’s vs. Gatorade Dodgers||Championship Game Major League Division|
|8:00pm||Solar Giants vs. Express Electronic Yankees||Championship Game Senior League Division|
There will be two games played under the lights with one game broadcast live on V103 FM. We encourage the public along with guests here for the Pacific Arts Festival to come out and enjoy some baseball games.
The American Samoa Baseball Association along with the American Samoa Little League Baseball Association would like to thank all its sponsors along with its major partner for this year’s summer program the First Lady Mary Tu;afono’s initiative Ta’ita;itama . We would also like to thank the Honorable Governor of American Samoa Togiola T. Tulafono for his support every year with the summer program. We are also grateful to the Director of the Sports Complex Office Mr. Bill Kalasa for assisting us with the facilities and services to make the summer program possible. We would also like to thank all our volunteer coaches, officials, and organizers for a job well done this year. Last, we thank all the parents and kids who came out this year and made another year of baseball possible. We will cherish another year of memories and look forward to another year of more next year. Good luck to all teams playing today!