Commotion, Sunflowers rule!

WAIMEA—Sunflowers flourish in the warm Waimea sun, and the Wailau Sunflowers,

a 12-Under girls softball team playing in the 14-under bracket, took a

championship double-header against Ho`omana 7-5, 8-6 to clinch the championship

of the 14-Under division of the Kaua`i Second Annual Invitational Softball

Tournament that was played at the Waimea Canyon Park.

West Kaua`i roared

past Lau`Lima, one of two Kaua`i teams in that division, 20-7 to meet up with

the Sunflowers only to drop that contest 6-7 relegating the Westside girls to

third place in the age bracket.

Other teams in the 14-Under bracket

included the Ho`onou and the Kapolei Cobras.

Na Wahine, a team comprised of

players that saw action for the Waimea High School Menehunes during the KIF

softball season and coached by their KIF coach Pat Baniaga, rose from a fourth

place finish in last year’s tournament to second place when their bats went

quiet against the Colorado Commotion who took the title of the 18-Under

division with a 12-4 victory in a game that was shortened by the 8-run rule

following four and a half innings.

The Native Girls, a team made up of

players from the Kapa`a area and coached by Timmy Laranio could not close the

door in their opening contest against the Tucson Traviesas as they stranded the

tying run at third to drop their opener 4-5 before suffering defeat at the

hands of Na Wahine 8-5 in day two of the tournament.

The Santa Cruz Surf

who had dominated the Native Girls 12-3 in pool play, ended in third place of

the 18-Under bracket, taking the Midnight Sun from Alaska 8-3 for the


Other teams in that age bracket included the Merced Lightning

(California), Tucson Traviesas (Arizona), and the Columbine Wildcats


The tournament was hosted by the Kaua`i Girls Softball League

with Albert Soto serving as the tournament director. Carl Clifton of Colorado

coordinated the mainland teams, working closely with Soto for accomodations on


Following their championship win that garnered the Colorado team

the governor’s koa bowl, Jim Gerk, coach of the Commotion, commented on the

friendships and quality style of play demonstrated by all teams participating

in the tournament.

The Commotion left Kaua`i on Monday for three days’ stay

on O`ahu before returning to Colorado.




Ho`onou 4, West Kaua`i 5

Wailau Sunflowers 0, Ho`onou


Kapolei Cobras 2, Lau`Lima Central 7

Lau`Lima Central 2, Ho`omana


Wailau Sunflowers 4, West Kaua`i 4

Ho`omana 6, Kapolei Cobras


Double Elimination (June 23)

11:00 a.m. West Kaua`i 6, Kapolei

Cobras 0

11:00 a.m. Ho`onou 1, Lau`Lima Central 4

3:30 p.m. Ho`omana 4,

West Kaua`i 2

5:00 p.m. Wailau Sunflowers 6, Lau`Lima 1


Elimination games (June 24)

9:30 a.m. Ho`onou 2, West Kaua`i 5


a.m. Kapolei Cobras 9, Lau`Lima 12

11:00 a.m. Ho`omana 3, Wailau Sunflowers


11:00 a.m. West Kaua`i 20, Lau`Lima Central 7

1:00 p.m. West Kaua`i

6, Wailau Sunflowers 7

3:30 p.m. Ho`omana 5, Wailau Sunflowers 7


p.m. Ho`omana 6, Wailau 8.


Pool Play

Midnight Sun 4,

Colorado Commotion 5

Merced Lightning 5, Na Wahine 7

Tucson Traviesas

7, Columbine Wildcats 0

Santa Cruz Surf 12, Native Girls 3


Sun 2, Merced Lightning 5

Colorado Commotion 7, Na Wahine 0


Traviesas 2, Santa Cruz Surf 2

Columbine Wildcats 0, Native Girls


Tucson Traviesas 5, Native Girls 4

Columbine Wildcats 0, Santa

Cruz Surf 7

Colorado Commotion 8, Merced Lightning 0

Midnight Sun 4, Na

Wahine 7

Double elimination (June 23)

12:30 p.m. Commotion 7,

Wildcats 0

12:30 p.m. Traviesas 6, Merced 2

2:00 p.m. Na Wahine 8,

Native Girls 5

2:00 p.m. Midnight Sun 6, Santa Cruz Surf 2

3:30 p.m.

Wildcats 0, Merced Lightning 7

3:30 p.m. Native Girls 0, Santa Cruz Surf


5:00 p.m. Commotion 5, Traviesas 4

5:00 p.m. Na Wahine 5, Midnight

Sun 3

Double Elimination (June 24)

8:00 a.m. Midnight Sun 9,

Merced Lightning 0

8:00 a.m. Traviesas 3, Santa Cruz Surf 8

9:30 a.m.

Commotion 11, Na Wahine 3

11:00 a.m. Midnight Sun 3, Santa Cruz Surf


12:30 p.m. Santa Cruz Surf 2, Na Wahine 4

3:30 p.m. Na Wahine 4,

Commotion 12.


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