Tokyo Hoya Dodgers to play at Vidinha on Saturday

LIHU`E — Vidinha Stadium will be the center of attention on Saturday as in

addition to the Kaua`i County Farm Bureau Fair, the 2 p.m. pre-season football

game between the Kapa`a High School Warriors and the Lahainaluna Lunas, the

Hawai`i State Youth Baseball and its member league, the Kaua`i PONY League will

be hosting a team from Tokyo, Japan to two games staring at 10 a.m. at the

baseball complex.

According to Larry Moises of the Hawai`i PONY Baseball

organization, the team is the Hoya Dodgers comprised of 15 players aged 13-14

years old. They will be locking horns with a Kapa`a PONY team coached by Jay

Gatiuan.

The Japanese team, whose visit was arranged and coordinated by

Masatomo Inoue, will be arriving on Kaua`i Friday afternoon where they will be

staying at the Kaua`i Marriott, and following their 2-game outing on Saturday,

will be hosted to a potluck dinner by their Kaua`i counterparts at the

diamond.

Sunday is reserved for sight-seeing, and on Monday, the group

meets with Mayor Maryanne Kusaka before departing for a 2-day stay on O`ahu

before returning to Japan.

Unfortunately, due to an illness, Inoue will not

be in the company of the Hoyas, but there have been discussions on future

goodwill games between Japan and Kaua`i.

Tokyo Hoya Dodger players

include:

Daisuke Kitajima, Takahiro Watanabe, Junichi Yoshimoto,

Kazunobu Ono, Ryo Shimizu, Yutaka Ichihara, Ryoma Takahashi, Meguru Kaneko,

Takayuki Suzuki, Yuichi Oyama, Shota Tanabe, Toshiyuki Ishii, Takafuni Ogawa,

Masayuki Yagasaki, Koji Takahashi, Hideo Takahashi (Coach), Naoyuki Matsumoto

(Coach), Yoshiaki Matsumoto (Manager)

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