Williams approaches perfection as Na Koa defeat Lumberjacks

Mike Williams retired the first 23 batters he faced and finished with a one-hitter for Na Koa Ikaika Maui on Sunday in an 8-1 victory over the East Bay Lumberjacks at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku.

The first player to reach base for East Bay was Dimitrius Adams, on a two-base error by shortstop Charlie Mirabal with two outs in the eighth inning. Adams stole third, and the next batter, Lex Robins, hit an RBI single to left field.

Williams (4-0) finished with seven strikeouts and one walk.

Nick Valdez hit a three-run homer in the fourth for Maui, which reclaimed first place in the Pacific Association standings, moving a half-game in front of the San Rafael Pacifics. Waylen Sing-Chow was 2-for-3 with a pair of walks, stole two bases and scored two runs.

Na Koa’s Kalaika Kahoohalahala, a Maui High School graduate, had a double, RBI, run and stolen base.

Maui finished 7-5 on its homestand, and will play its next 12 games on the road – six against the Vallejo Admirals, and six against San Rafael.

East Bay ….. 000 ….. 000 ….. 010-1 ……. 1 ….. 1

Maui ………… 002 ….. 401 ….. 01x-8 ….. 11 ….. 1

Mike Williams and Nick Valdez. T.R. Keating, Rob Ellis (5) and Brad Shannon. W-Williams. L-Keating. 2B-Maui: Sanchez, Way-len Sing-Chow, Kalaika Kahoohalahala. HR-Maui: Valdez.