Maui bows out of World Series
The Central East Maui Little League All-Stars’ magical summer ended Thursday at the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine.
The first appearance for any Maui County team in a Little League World Series in 27 years concluded with a 3-1 loss to the team from Bangor.
The game ended with the potential tying run at the plate.
“We had a lot of chances, but couldn’t cash them in,” Maui manager Lee Kashiwamura said. “Still, I’m really proud of these boys. What a ride this has been.”
Maine advanced to today’s semifinals with a 4-0 record, while Maui finished third in its five-team pool at 2-2. Dumfries, Va., which defeated Maui 5-1 on Sunday in the series opener for both teams, also advanced, with a 3-1 record.
Ryan Brookings’ two-run single in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie. Bangor loaded the bases with no outs and Akoni Hamilton-Golis induced a comebacker double play before Brookings’ single.
Maui’s Colby Tam doubled to put runners on second and third with two outs in the bottom of the sixth before Kaimi Gilliland was retired on a popup.
Tam was 3-for-3 with two doubles – his single in the bottom of the second inning scored Shadd Santos to tie the game at 1-1.
“Colby was really swinging the bat well today,” Kashiwamura said.
Skyelor Ishikawa tripled with two outs in the third, but Santos flied out to center field for the final out.
Tam’s first double, in the fourth inning, put runners on second and third for Maui with one out, but Linden Kanamu grounded out and Nawai Ah Yen was retired on a fly ball to center.
Hamilton-Golis threw 87 pitches on two days’ rest, going the distance and allowing 10 hits while striking out two batters and walking two.
“Akoni pitched a really good game,” Kashiwamura said. “We just couldn’t cash them in when we needed to.”
Maine’s Brian Peirce pitched the final five innings to pick up the victory, allowing five hits, walking four and striking out none.
Trevor DeLaite had four hits for Maine, and Kyle Stevenson had three.
Central East Maui was making the first appearance in a Little League World Series for a Maui County representative since 1987, when a Molokai team finished third in the Senior League World Series in Kissimmee, Fla.
Central East Maui is scheduled to return to the Valley Isle on Monday, arriving at Kahului Airport at approximately 3:45 p.m.
Nick Cowperthwaite, Brian Peirce (3) and Derek Fournier; Akoni Hamilton-Golis and Orion Miyasato-Farias. W-Peirce. L-Hamilton-Golis. 2B-Bangor, Maine: Kyle Stevenson; Central East Maui: Colby Tam 2. 3B-Central East Maui: Skyelor Ishikawa.
Leading hitters-Bangor, Maine: Stevenson 3-4, run; Trevor DeLaite 4-4, run; Jake Ireland 2-3. Central East Maui: Tam 3-3, RBI.