Honolulu Little League to play for U.S. crown

The Maui News

Honolulu routed Staten Island, N.Y., 10-0 in five innings Wednesday at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., securing a spot in Saturday’s U.S. championship game.

Sean Yamaguchi smacked a grand slam in the second inning to break the game open. He also hit an RBI single in the third to help Honolulu improve to 3-0 in the tournament.

Honolulu starting pitcher Aukai Kea allowed one hit and a walk while striking out six in 4 1/3 innings. Kaolu Holt got the last two outs to complete the one-hit shutout.

The Hawaii champion will face either Staten Island or Peachtree City, Ga., for the U.S. title. Honolulu defeated Peachtree City in the teams’ first game of the tournament, an epic 11-inning, 2-0 victory for Honolulu.

The winner of the U.S. championship then faces the winner of the international bracket for the world championship on Sunday — Seoul, South Korea, will play either Kawaguchi, Japan, or Guayama, Puerto Rico, in the international final Saturday.

Honolulu is the fourth Hawaii team to make the U.S. title game since 2005, with the three previous squads all winning and advancing to the world championship.