Central East Maui drops heartbreaker at regional

Central East Maui’s rally fell short in a 7-6 loss to Rio Rico, Ariz., at the Little League Junior Division West Regional on Saturday at Vancouver, Wash.

The loss ended any chance of Central East Maui advancing from its six-team pool to the tournament semifinals.

Brent Yap and Damien Awai each had three hits and Travis Delima had a pair for Central East Maui, which outhit Arizona 12-6.

Awai struck out two batters over four innings and Orion Miyasato-Farias struck out three in two innings.

Central East Maui (0-2) has lost both its tournament games by 7-6 scores.

Central East Maui’s final pool-play game will be Monday against Cedar City, Utah.