Day 4 - American Samoa vs. Fiji

Joeli McGoon rounding third.
Folauga Tupuola connects with a shallow single to center.

After losing their morning game against New Caldonia, American Samoa looked to keep themselves in contention for the gold medal by beating Fiji as they completed their double header Thursday afternoon.  Fiji focused on a little payback from there latest encounter when American Samoa brushed them aside with a 28-7 win.

American Samoa came out on all cylinders early in their second game of the day, taking advantage of some early pitching miscues and a couple of errors produced by Fiji.  Three runs scored in the first inning for American Samoa, capped off with an RBI double by Murphey "Samuelu" Sili, who also added a two-run home-run in the second.  American Samoa tacked on 2 more runs in the third and by the end of the fourth had an 11-1 lead.  Luapita Solaita shut down Fiji for 3 innings, and ended the game allowing only 4 runs in 6 innings of play for Fiji.

Fiji started and ended the day playing a game of catch-up.  After a rough couple of innings, Fiji settled down and found their game, but it proved to be a little too late.  The fifth inning late surge produced 3 runs for Fiji, highlighted with a walk and stolen base by the 14 year old Joeli McGoon.  Tavo Sorovakatini followed the youngster up with an RBI double.

American Samoa added 3 more runs in the top of the 6th, and when Fiji could not answer, the game was called.

The final score, 14-4 American Samoa (3-2) over Fiji (1-4)




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