Day 4 - New Caldonia vs. American Samoa

American Samoa's Vena Maae releases a pitch in the second inning

American Samoa and New Caldonia enter today's matchup with equal records of 2-1, with New Caldonia holding second place in the standings with the least allowed runs in game play.  American Samoa is coming off a lose in yesterday's game against Palau and hopes to keep in the race for gold.  New Caldonia comes off a victory in the previous day's game against Samoa and hopes to do the same.

New Caldonia took the lead in the first scoring one run and followed through with three more in the second inning.  New Caldonia's Remi Couarraze found himself in a bases loaded situation at the bottom of the 2nd with no outs.  Relief pitcher Phillipe Lecourieux came in for relief allowing two runs before the end of the inning.  American Samoa's Vena Maae found himself in a similar bases loaded situation at top of the 3rd, trying to keep New Caldonia's lead to one run, 4-3.  Walks and a triple down the first baseline by Guistel Warren drove in four more runs and a single by Mallet Brieu drove in Jahja Christophe to put New Caldonnia up 9-3 before Selefen James struck out swinging. 

American Samoa rallied in the bottom of the 4th, evening out the score at 9-9.  American Samoa relief pitcher Avei Lesiolagi found himself in a bases loaded situation in the top of the 5th with only one out.  New Caldonia's David Durand drove a ball down the third baseline driving in teammates, Selefen James, Jahja Christophe, and Tasmin Laurent.  By the top of the 7th, the score stood at 13-10.  American Samoa's John Solaite came in from the shortstop position to pitch releif and kept the New Caldonia offense from lengthening their lead.  American Samoa got a man on first in their final opportunity to tie or win the game, but the runner was picked off at first base to end the inning and the game. 

The final score, at the end of the second complete game of the competition, stood at 13-10, with New Caldonia improving ot record of 3-1 and American Samoa heading into their afternoon match with Fiji holding a record of 2-2.




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