Maui earns first Series win
The Central East Maui Little League All-Stars rebounded from their first loss of the summer to beat the Canada champions from Regina, Saskatchewan, 11-0 in five innings on Monday at the Senior League World Series in Bangor, Maine.
“They bounced back really well,” Maui manager Lee Kashiwamura said. “I believe in these kids that much, I knew they were going to bounce back. Really proud of the effort today.”
Maui’s Akoni Hamilton-Golis threw just 62 pitches in a two-hitter, striking out seven batters and walking two.
Maui totaled 12 hits – including two each from Lane Kashiwamura, Kao Mindoro, Rylie Velez, Orion Miyasato-Farias and Shadd Santos – one day after having a summer-low five in a 5-1 loss to Dumfries, Va.
Velez and Mindoro each had doubles for Maui, the first team from Maui County to play in any Little League World Series since a Molokai team finished third in the Senior League in 1987.
“The bats really woke up today,” Lee Kashiwamura said. “To me, this was a must-win game.”
Maui scored two runs each in the third and fourth innings and added seven in the fifth – the game ended early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Maui, the U.S. West regional champion, plays Asia-Pacific champion Saipan today.
Lee Kashiwamura said Kaimi Gilliland is to be the starting pitcher against Saipan.
“We met the (Saipan) kids at the hotel pool and they were really nice kids,” Kashiwamura said. “Our kids are having a blast. They were mingling with the kids from (Grand Rapids, Mich.) and they were all having a great time.”
Maui wraps up pool play on Thursday against Bangor, Maine. The semifinals are Friday and the championship game is Saturday.
Kashiwamura said that Maui’s top two pitchers, Linden Kanamu and Hamilton-Golis, are lined up for possible starts in the semifinals and championship game.
Akoni Hamilton-Golis and Orion Miyasato-Farias; Parker Filazek, Brandon Metz (4), Kirkland Chalus (4), Jordan Bieber (5) and Robert Ermel. W-Hamilton-Golis. L-Filazek. 2B-Central East Maui: Rylie Velez, Kao Mindoro.
Leading hitters-Central East Maui: Lane Kashiwamura 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Mindoro 2-2, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Velez 2-4, run; Miyasato-Farias 2-3, 3 RBIs; Shadd Santos 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs.