Central East Maui claims state berth
Central East Maui Little League won a pair of games against Hilo on Saturday at Dorvin Leis Field in Kihei to claim the District III 9-10 sectional title and earn a berth in the state tournament.
Central opened with a 12-0, four-inning win, and took the second game 10-2 to sweep the best-of-three series.
The state tournament begins June 26 on Oahu.
McKay Pali pitched a complete game for Central in the opener, striking out eight batters while allowing three hits, Danelle Daniels was 4-for-4 with four runs and an RBI and Maliko Vargas was 2-2 with a double, three RBIs and a run. Japeth Joaquin was 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run, and Zachary Dando had a triple and scored twice.
Daniels homered in the second game, and finished with three runs and two RBIs. Hilo’s Xaige Lancaster was 4-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.
CENTRAL EAST MAUI 12, HILO 0, 4 INNINGS
Central East Maui ….. 220 …….. 8-12
Hilo …………………… 000 …….. 0-03
McKay Pali and Maliko Vargas. Kekoa Ogawa, Xaige Lancaster (4) and Justice Dias-Varize. 2B-Central East Maui: Vargas, Japheth Joaquin.
CENTRAL EAST MAUI 10, HILO 2
Central East Maui ….. 300 ….. 520-10
Hilo …………………… 001 ….. 001-02
Riley Ambrose, Japheth Joaquin (3) and Maliko Vargas. Owyn Arashiro, Reyn Segovia-Tandnaka (4), Jake Iwasaki (4) and Justice Dias-Varize. HR-Central East Maui: Danelle Daniels.