Kalawai club hosting annual MLK youth baseball tourney

  • Christine Chow / Contributed photo
    The Kalawai Youth Baseball Club opened its 2018 Pinto baseball season Saturday when the three Pinto teams — the Kalawai Dodgers, the Kalawai Giants, and the Kalawai Astros — were greeted by Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr., Sen. Ron Kouchi and Kauai County Council members Arthur Brun, JoAnn Yukimura and Derek Kawakami. Also pictured: Kalawai Dodgers: head coach Christian Domingues, assistant coaches Seth Blackmer, Severino Butay Jr. and Leon Vegas, players Kamalu Albina, Andrew Blackmer, Ho'omaike Brun, Jayvier Butay, Sylas Butay, Noah de la Pena, Jai Domingues, Jonah Hauki, Makoa Mizumoto, Connor Oyama-Purisima, Kaikea Planas and Landon Vegas. Kalawai Giants: head coach Robbie Correa, assistant coaches Jesse Cummings, Wes Taba and Sean Jardin, players Brysen Chow, Kolby Correa, Hunter Cummings, Maddox Cummings, Xoen Duarte, TJ Freitas, Logan Gonsalves, Ryder Harr, Kailea Itamura, Napali Jardin, Ka'ena Rita and Caleb Taba. Kalawai Astros: head coach Justin Kai, assistant coaches Scott Yamauchi, CJ Dela Cruz and Cody Dotario, players Cyler Aranio, Nash Colburn, Colten Dela Cruz, Jacoby Dotario, Koa Kai, Elijah Kilpatrick, Micah Linnell, Kaeleb Santiago, Devin Soares, Malakai Tapia, Kysen Yamashita and Evan Yamauchi.

Kalawai Youth Baseball Club will host its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Pinto Tournament beginning Jan. 13 at Kalawai Park in Kalaheo.

The three-day tournament will host five teams from Oahu to play 15 local teams from Kalawai, Lihue, Koloa, Hanapepe, Waimea and Anahola.

“We call it the MLK Goodwill Tournament. We haven’t really had an official name, but I wanted to keep the MLK in because we’re having it during the Martin Luther King weekend,” said Christine Chow, Kalawai Youth Baseball Club secretary. “I think that’s why they named it that, too, because he was such a good figure.”

Teams are comprised of players ages 6-9. The event is not a traditional tournament but rather a goodwill competition in which teams play a series of games.

“We try to put it where the teams that normally play each other here on Kauai, we get them to challenge other teams that they don’t really get to play during the regular season,” Chow said.

The free tournament also features a home run derby in which first and second place finishers will receive a prize. A movie night will wrap up the weekend.


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