A pair of of Guam’s biggest softball gamers have been slowly arriving in Las Vegas for In all probability the most anticipated softball events of the yr — the 2021 Senior Softball World Championships.
The event started Sept. 16 And might run by way of Oct. 3 in 11 divisions. The 40s division Is taken Beneath consideration to have In all probability the most coveted title. The Bud Mild Group Guam 40s squad from the Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation will defend its title. It is going to play Inside the 40s Primary Division, a significantly greater class than the Triple A title Guam gained in 2017.
The Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation May even be sending a 50s Double A squad, said Tim Aguon, and the FD Friars 671 40s team will make its debut Inside the Primarys Division.
Aguon performs for the the Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation’s 50s squad and May even be a participant-coach for the FD Friars squad. He’s a member of the Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation’s 40s squad that took the world title.
“Our 40s team is superior. Higher than half of the gamers are from The distinctive 2017 roster, and there’s A lot of youthful blood Which might have made their debut final yr if there was a event,” he said. “The youthfuler gamers strengthen the team And that I might say They’ve A very good probability On The very biggest three if not worthwhile All of it.”
Veteran Keith Hattig leads a squad with completely different stalwarts from The distinctive champions, collectively with Patrick Alvarez, Jimmy Reyes, JBoy FLores, Tony Yatar, Jr., Herbie Hattig, Jarvis Quenga and John “Johnny Mac” McDonald.
The mannequin new blood that Aguon referred to are Guam baseball superstars from the Guam Primary League, collectively with Vic Villagomez, Gerson Hoebing, B.J. Balajadia, Paul Toves and Paul Pangelinan.
“Guam Is understood to have the team with velocity and An excellent protection. And any of Guam’s teams can slug it out with Definitely one of the Higher of them,” he said.
The team did lose Mike Cepeda, who Aguon referred to as a stone wall at third as a Outcome of any ball hit his method stops there.
The Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation’s 50s team additionally options members from the historic 2017 team, collectively with The two Hattigs, Russell Maratita, Glen Nelson and Pete Aguon.
“We now have a gifted team with a deep bench. This might be the yr the place two Guam teams win All of it,” said Aguon.
Aguon has been competing On the world championships with the Guam Islanders Softball Affiliation since 2012.
Guam has Even been competing Inside The women’s Division since 2015, said Aguon. Amongst The numerous Guam women’s entries are the Mighty 50s, FIGO 40s and 50s and the Juice 40s team.