Lihu`e to host PONY Mustang region tournament

LIHU`E—The best 9- and 10-year old baseball players from leagues throughout

the state of Hawai`i will converge at the Lihu`e County Park from July 1

through 5 when the Lihu`e Baseball League hosts the 2000 PONY Baseball Hawai`i

Region Mustang tournament.

At stake will be the Hawai`i Region Championship

and a berth in the PONY West Zone Tournament at Moreno Valley, California

starting July 28.

The winner of that tournament advances to the Mustang

World Series in Irving, Texas starting August 2.

Game format for the

Hawai`i Region Tournament will be an 8-team double elimination featuring

tournament teams from the hosting Lihu`e Baseball League, the West Kaua`i Youth

Baseball League, the Hawai`i island champions, the Maui island champions, and

teams from four Oahu leagues.

Oahu participants will be the four finalists

of an Oahu Qualifying tournament to be held in June.

Larry Moises, PONY

Hawai`i Region Director, will be the tournament director with Donald viquelia,

PONY Kaua`i Field Director, being his assistant. Ronald Kouchi, President of

the Lihu`e Baseball League will be the tournament chairman with Diane Masumura,

also of the Lihu`e Baseball League being the tournament co-chair.

Admission

to the tournament is free and the public is encouraged to come and watch

Hawai`i’s youth in action.

As hosts, the Lihu`e Baseball League is

responsible for planning and support of the tournament that features the

youngest level of tournament competition. As a result, a large number of

parents, relatives, and friends of the six off-island teams are expected to be

travelling with the teams when they converge here.

A daily food booth as

well as a souvenir concession stand will be available at the tournament and the

Lihu`e league is currently soliciting advertising for a souvenir program

booklet.

Teams will be arriving here on June 30, and members of the Lihu`e

Baseball League encourages everyone to show the visitors the aloha Kaua`i is

famous for.

PONY (Protect Our Nation’s Youth) provides youth baseball

programs in two year age groups on downsized field dimensions to match the

players’ abilities. Players play real baseball, similar to the major leagues,

with rules geared towards safety.

A schedule of other Hawai`i Region

tournaments follow:

Bronco (11/12 yr. old)

Dates: July 6

10

Location: Iron Maehara Stadium, Kahului, Maui

Host: Maui Bronco

League

Format: 8 team double elimination

Winner advances to West Zone

Tournament in Whittier, CA starting 7/28

Winner of Zone Tournament advances

to World Series in Monterey, CA starting 8/3

Pony (13/14 yr.

old)

Dates: July 13 18

Location: Mililani, Oahu

Host: Central

Oahu Youth Baseball League

Format: 8 team double elimination

Winner

advances to West Zone Tournament in Fullerton, CA starting 8/5

Winner of

Zone Tournament advances to World Series in Washington, PA starting

8/12

Colt (15/16 yr. old)

Dates: July 14 16

Location: Kona,

Hawaii

Host: Kona Youth Baseball

Format: 6 team double

elimination

Winner advances to West Zone Tournament in Moreno Valley, CA

starting 7/29

Winner of Zone Tournament advances to World Series in

Lafayette, IN starting 8/8

Palomino (17/18 yr. old)

Dates,

Location & Host: To be announced at a later date

Winner advances to

West Zone Tournament in Seattle, WA starting 8/4

Winner of Zone Tournament

advances to World Series in Santa Clara, CA starting 8/11

For updates

and information visit: www.geocities.com/hiponybb

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