Central claims 50/70 state title

The Central East Maui All-Stars pose with their banner after winning the Hawaii State Little League Intermediate (12-13) 50/70 Division state tournament on Monday. BROOKE DANIELS photo

The Maui News

The Central East Maui All-Stars dominated the competition on their way to claiming the Hawaii State Little League Intermediate (12-13) 50/70 Division championship on Monday at Ala Wai Park in Honolulu.

In its four tournament games, Central outscored its opponents 61-14. Keoni Painter finished with nine RBIs, five doubles and a home run, and Kahiau Teruya also drove in nine runs for Central, which advances to the West Regional in Nogales, Ariz.

Last year’s Central squad advanced to the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif., and went on to win the world championship, defeating South Korea 5-1 in the title game.

This year’s team took a step toward returning to that big stage by a dominant run through the state tournament.

Dylan Kokubun pitches. Leina Teruya photo

In its opener Friday, Central defeated Hawaii 19-1. Painter hit a home run and three doubles, finishing with five RBIs. Makane Honokaupu doubled and had three RBIs, Jayke Cantero and Wehiwa Aloy each doubled and had two RBIs, and Davin Lewis tripled.

In Central’s 18-4 win over Honolulu on Saturday, Teruya doubled and drove in three runs, Honokaupu doubled, tripled and had two RBIs, Aloy tripled and had two RBIs, McKay Pali drove in three runs, Dylan Kokubun had two RBIs and Painter doubled.

Central defeated Kauai 14-3 on Sunday. Painter doubled and had two RBIs, Pali tripled and had three RBIs, and Aloy doubled.

Facing Kauai again in Monday’s championship game, Central won 10-6. Teruya drove in four runs and had a double, Honokaupu had a second straight three-hit game, and Danelle Daniels tripled and had two RBIs.

Other members of the state championship squad are Kamaunu Vehikite-Kahaialii, Dylan Waite, Kelton Tom, Matthew Dinae and Zachary Pascual. The manager is Scott Teruya and coaches are Jamie Aloy and Greg Moniz.

The West Regionals begin July 18.