Day 2 - Samoa vs. American Samoa
American Samoa entered today's game with hopes to continue building momentum after an enormous 28-7 win over Fiji yesterday. Team Samoa came into Tuesday still looking to score it's first run in international play. Team Samoa was coming away from a defeat Monday when they lost to Palau 13-0. Today's game was a show down between host country Samoa and neighboring American Samoa.
American Samoa jumped to an immediate lead, scoring 5 runs after the first inning. 2 back to back sacrifice flys in the 2nd bumped the lead to 7-0 in the 2nd before American Samoa catcher, Louis Solaita tipped a ball into the glove of Samoa's catcher, Lio Tautalafio, to end the 2nd. 1st base coach Toetu Solaita could be heard yelling out "Let's go Baby!" throughout the entire matchup, pushing his players by as they continued move players onto bases.
Team Samoa showed improvements from Day 1's events, but could not manage to get anything past American Samoa's defense, while committing 3 errors themselves. The highlight of the game for Samoa was when American Samoa's John Solaita got caught trying to steal third base and was eventually run down by Samoa's defense.
Fielding errors and wild pitches coupled with an American Samoan offense reading and willing to capitalize amounted to four unanswered runs in the 4th and 5th innings that pushed the score to 15-0, invoking the "Run Rule" and ending the game after 5 innings. American Samoa's Pitcher, Vena Ma'ae pitched the shutout allowing only 2 hits, while walking 4 and striking out 11 in five innings of play. Samoa's Aukuso Isaia, a native from the village of Siumu, gave up 13 hits, 15 runs (13 earned runs), while walking 4 and striking out just 2 batters.
American Samoa advanced to record of 2-0, while Samoa will try again in Day 3 with a record of 0-2.