Central East Maui wins big at Senior League regional
Central East Maui rolled to a 15-0, five-inning victory over Lewis River, the Washington state champion, in both teams’ opener of the Little League Senior League (ages 13-16) West Regional Tournament on Wednesday in Ontario, Calif.
Maui scored three runs in the first and six in each of the second and third innings. Maui had 12 hits and took advantage of six errors from the team from Woodland, Wash.
Linden Kanamu, who worked three innings, and Akoni Hamilton-Golis combined on a no-hitter with one walk and eight strikeouts for Maui. Hamilton-Golis struck out the side in the top of the fifth.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better start,” Maui manager Lee Kashiwamura said. “The kids were hungry and they wanted to play since the day we got here, so it was good news today.”
Kashiwamura said Hamilton-Golis is likely to start Maui’s next game, Saturday against the host team from Upland (Calif.). With a win in one of its next two pool-play games, Maui would clinch a spot in the semifinals set for Monday. Maui faces Nogales National of Arizona on Sunday.
Kao Mindoro was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, Skyelor Ishikawa was 2-for-3 with two runs and an RBI, Rylie Velez batted 2-for-3 with a run and three RBIs, and Shadd Santos was 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI for Maui.
Maui hit four doubles, two by Santos, and Velez had a triple.
Kashiwamura said his team stacks up with any in the nine-team tournament, which will send its winner to the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine, Aug. 9-16.
“I think we have a good chance,” Kashiwamura said. “I saw the Southern Cal game yesterday and they are pretty good, but we have a good chance to be in the final.”