BANGOR, Maine — It was the game that kept going and going.
Wednesday’s Senior League World Series game between Canadian champion Regina, Saskatchewan and Asia-Pacific titlist Saipan not only set a Mansfield Stadium record by going 13 innings, it also was the longest game in the 13-year history of the Senior League World Series in Bangor at 4 hours, 12 minutes.
“I didn’t think it was ever going to end,” said Regina coach Todd Davis. “It went on forever. Both teams used a ton of pitchers.
“It’s good to come down here and be in the record books [for the length of the game],” added Davis, whose team wound up 1-3. “The first three games, we didn’t play close to our ability. This was better. I’m a lot happier with this game.”
Saipan manager Patrick Tenorio said landing in the record books is nice, “but I would have preferred a win.”
Tenorio said he thought the game was going to go “at least another inning.”
Tenorio also said there was a silver lining to playing a 13-inning game.
“We came here to play four games, and this basically gave us five games,” said Tenorio.
Caleb Bymak’s two-out, run-scoring single to center finally decided the game.
“It was nice to get the hit at the end,” said Bymak. “Both teams had numerous chances and to finally come through was great.
“This is one of the best two moments in my baseball career so far,” he added. “The other was winning the [Canadian] championship game.”
Davis said one of Bymak’s best friends, Jordan Bieber, had the walk-off hit that beat Whalley, British Columbia, 6-5 in that title game.
“He’s no relation to [singer] Justin [Bieber]. We have more than one Bieber in Canada,” said Davis.
One of the extra challenges for the Saipan players was the fact the game was played in 60-degree weather.
“The kids were racing off the field to get in the warm dugout,” said Tenorio. “We’ve never played in weather that cold. It’s usually in the 80s and 90s.”
“I was really cold,” said Guerrero.
Several of the teams travel a long way to get to Bangor, and Saipan had one of the longest junkets in the history of the Senior League World Series.
“We flew three hours to Japan and had a seven-hour layover,” said Tenorio. “We flew from Japan to JFK [in New York]. That was 12 hours. We had a two-hour layover and flew to Boston. Then we bussed to Bangor.
“But we had a bye on the first day, and that gave us a little bit of time to get acclimated. This has been a good experience for our kids. Some had never left the island,” he said.