After a dramatic comeback in the semifinals, Maui fell in the title game of the Little League Big League (ages 15-18) Western Regional on Saturday in Bremerton, Wash.
Thousand Oaks, Calif., rode a four-hitter by Jackson Simonsgarrd and Dalton Duarte's three-run homer in the fourth inning to a 7-2 win over Maui in the final.
The teams split one-run wins in pool play.
Maui poses for pictures after finishing runner-up at the Little League Big League Western Regional on Saturday at Bremerton, Wash.
MASAYO SUTTON photo
"We got to the finals one time before (in 2010), against the same team," Maui manager Steve Leis said. "Going into this game, I think it was pretty even, obviously, after what we saw in pool play. It was dead even. It was just who came up with the big play and they got that three-run home run."
Maui coach Kelly Fliear added: "All we ever asked them for was to give us their best effort for Maui and we believe they did a great job of it. If you ask the other team and the officials, the whole ballpark was pulling for us. We were the sentimental favorite."
Thousand Oaks advances to the Big League World Series in Easley, S.C., which begins Tuesday.
Maui reached the final by scoring the final five runs of a 5-4 win over Lake Oswego, Ore., including a walk-off run in the bottom of the seventh.
The winning run scored when David Rapanot doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored when the Lake Oswego catcher overthrew third base trying to get Rapanot.
After falling behind 4-0 through 3 1/2 innings, Maui tied the game with a four-run fourth.
Isaiah Maddela and Makana Victorine each hit triples for Maui, while Rapanot was 2-for-4 and Kaimana Ancog went 2-for-3 against Lake Oswego. Sammy Sutton pitched a seven-hitter with five strikeouts and two walks.
Lake Oswego, Ore. ..... 301 ..... 000 ..... 0-4 ..... 7 ..... 2
Maui ......................... 000 ..... 400 ..... 1-5 ..... 9 ..... 1
Tyler Coleman, Luke Van Lehman (6) and Kenny Oyama; Sammy Sutton and Tyler Harry. W-Sutton. L-Van Lehman. 2B-Lake Oswego: Coleman, Andrew Cohen. 3B-Maui: Isaiah Maddela, Makana Victorine.
Leading hitters-Maui: David Rapanot 2-4, run; Kaimana Ancog 2-3, run.
Maui .................... 011 ..... 000 ..... 0-2 ...... 4 ..... 0
Thousand Oaks ..... 301 ..... 300 ..... x-7 ..... 10 ..... 0
Noah Apolo, Micah Richardson (2), Kaleb Palmer (3) and Makana Victorine; Jackson Simonsgarrd and Brayden Hubert. W-Simonsgarrd. L-Apolo. 2B-Maui: Victorine. HR-Thousand Oaks: Dalton Duarte.
Leading hitters-Maui: Josh Nobriga 2-3. Thousand Oaks: Griffin Mullen 3-4, run; Jose Aucelluzzo 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Johnny Torisian 3-3, RBI.