TIYAN, Guam — Guam’s Northern All-Stars, including seven players from Andersen Air Force Base, lost both their games in the Guam Little League District Tournament, ending their hopes of reaching the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
The Northern All-Stars fell to the Central All-Stars 11-0 on Tuesday after losing to the Southern All-Stars 6-4 in seven innings in the opener.
Tuesday’s one-sided loss took two days to play, and was marred by controversy.
It was suspended after 1 1/3 innings on Monday, when Central manager Shon Muna filed a protest for an illegal substitution.
Northern coach Victor Washington removed his pitcher and son, LeVon, and tried to replace him with Eric Kennemore, who started the game in center field but was replaced after the first inning.
Kennemore began warming up, which constituted an “actual replacement action,” according to Guam Little League assistant district administrator Greg Borja Sr., who was at the game.
Kennemore was eligible to return to the game only after sitting out a full inning.
The game was suspended and the protest sent to the Little League tournament committee at Williamsport for a decision, Borja said.
That came Tuesday morning, and the game resumed at the point of suspension. Kennemore was ineligible for the rest of the game for having been illegally re-entered.
That wasn’t the only protest, though. Washington alleged Central had two players on its roster who lived within the Northern league boundary, making them illegal.
Borja said all three team rosters were checked and validated during a June 10 meeting at the office of Guam Sen. Frank Aguon, attended by the island’s three league presidents and team managers.
“No challenge was made at the time,” Borja said.
Guam Little League district administrator Greg Calvo Sr. re-checked the Central roster Monday night and confirmed that all 14 of the team’s players’ residences were within its league boundaries.
Northern had just two hits — both in the fourth by Matthew McDonald and Jacob Laguana — against Central, which won the tournament for the third straight year.
“Our boys played admirably in both games,” Washington said, adding that despite the controversy, “it was fun. They got a chance to play Little League ball and that’s what it was about.”
Akash Shringi contributed to this report.