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LIHU`E—The Maui All-Stars took both ends of a double-header to advance in the
2000 PONY Baseball Hawai`i Region Mustang tournament being played at the Lihu`e
The double win sets up the scenario for the July 4th games
when undefeated Mililani goes up against undefeated Hawai`i Kai in the 10 a.m.
opener, the loser of that contest having to face Maui in game 13 scheduled to
start at 12:30 p.m.
The loser will be eliminated to set the stage for the
championship game on Wednesday morning.
KAC was eliminated in the second
game of Day Three when Maui exploded for a 13-2 victory in a game shortened by
the 10-run rule before squeezing past Aiea 8-6 in the afternoon
Hilo was also eliminated when they were bested by Aiea in the
opening game 11-9.
After faltering in the opening frame, Brent Kim settled
down on the mound and held KAC to just the two runs scored in the first inning,
while Maui ignited for 5 runs in the second and fourth innings behind the bats
of Kelii Dias, going 2-for-2, and J. Bosque.
Lionel Fujioka, doing duty as
a shortstop as well as pitching and filling the lead-off batter slot for KAC,
suffered the loss.
John Haina, recovering from a hit pitch early in the
contest, led the KAC hitting with a single.
Although Aiea outslugged Maui
9-8, Maui went on to win 8-6, eliminating Aiea from the competition.
Rego picked up the win for Maui on the hill with Ryne Acosta suffering the
Jensen Takiguchi, 3-for-3 in the outing, scored 2 runs as well as
whacking 3 singles. Erwin DeCoite had a perfect day behind the plate, banging
3 singles and scoring twice.
Acosta helped himself behind the plate for
Aiea with a 2-for-4 showing with a pair of singles and Atimai Sanley, also
2-for-4, added another pair of singles.
Hilo rebounded with a 7-run third
inning to squeeze past Aiea in the opener, only to have Aiea answer with 5 runs
in the fourth to take an 11-9 win behind the pitching of Bryson Nakamura and
hitting of Daniel Lambayan, Atamai Stanley, and Andrew Gouveia.
led the Hilo hitting on a 3-for-4 outing.
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