Central East Maui downs Molokai for Minors title

First photo: Central East Maui’s Jayden Perry-Waikiki pitches in the second inning of his team’s 5-1 victory over Molokai in the Hawaii State Little League District 3 Minors (9-10) Tournament championship game Sunday at Kalama Park in Kihei. Perry-Waikiki struck out 12 while allowing four hits and a hit batsman over six innings. Central East Maui advances to the state tournament, set for June 28-July 2 on Oahu. Second photo: Home plate umpire Jaime Perez watches to make sure Molokai’s Tyson Tamanaha touches the plate in the fourth inning. Third photo: Central East Maui’s Zion McGwire makes a running catch before firing to first base to turn a third-inning double play. Fourth photo: Central East Maui’s Raecen Velez follows through on a third-inning double. Fifth photo: Central East Maui’s Teyvon Kahalewai pulls into second with a fourth-inning stolen base as Molokai shoprtstop Tamanaha takes the throw.

The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos