Day 3 - American Samoa vs. Palau

American Samoa pitcher Ben Solaita releases a pitch against Palau's batters

The much anticipated battle of the undefeated started today at 12 noon as American Samoa stepped out onto the field to play against Palau.  Palau, entering with the better record of 3-0, while American Samoa entered with a record of 2-0.  Palau's pitching looked to continue its domination of opposing offenses to just 4 runs in 3 games, the least amount of runs allowed thus far these games.  On the other side, American Samoa, the leading scorer with 28 runs scored looked to keep compiling runs.

American Samoa pulled ahead early in the first inning building a lead of 2-0 heading into the second inning.  Palau's right-handed pitcher, Drake Yoshiwo, wouldn't let American Samoa score much after that, only allowing 2 more runs the rest of the game.  Fielding errors and wild throws contributed to a 5 run inning for Palau in the third inning.  In the 3rd inning, Designated Hitter, Duke Reagen Sigoi, hit a homerun to left field driving in teammates Herman Alfonso and Roderick Blanco.  Palau followed through with 5 consecutive hits to drive in 4 runs in the fourth inning. 

American Samoa pitcher Ben Solaita was relieved with one out in the bottom of the 5th inning by left-handed pitcher Avei Lesiolagi.  Lesiolagi had been hoped to be a player for Samoa's team but moved to American Samoa to play for them.  Lesiolagi eventually warmed up to shut down Palau's offense in the sixth inning, but not before almost giving up the game by allowing the 11-5 Palau lead to grow to 14-5. 

The game ended after Drake Yoshiwo retired the American Samoa side in the top of the 7th innning.  The final score ending at 14-5, boosting Palau to a record of 4-0 while leaving American Samoa at 2-1 as they head into their double-header Thursday.




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