KAPAA — Pookela Kaalekahi teamed with Kamana Kealoha to pace the Makakilo All-stars to a 3-0 shutout of the Halawa All-stars and the 9-10 Little League state championships on Wednesday afternoon at the Main Diamond at the New Kapaa Ball Park.
Kaalekahi, who was the catcher for the Makakilo 10-1 win on Sunday, took the mound for the championship game Wednesday and allowed no runs on a single hit while fanning nine Halawa hitters and walking seven.
Kamana Kealoha, who was the winning pitcher in the Sunday matchup, also allowed just one run on a single hit in that outing while striking out seven and walking eight batters.
On Wednesday, Kealoha took the catcher’s position.
Kealoha also broke a 0-0 defensive slugfest in the third inning with an RBI triple that scored Makakilo shortstop Kai Kealoha.
Kaalekahi, who ended the day with a pair of key RBI, brought Kamana home for the second run in the frame, and struck again in the fifth to score Halawa fought back, but could not capitalize on their base runners as pinch runner Marcus Nakasone, running for Brandon Abiva, was left stranded in the third as Daniel Chambers struck out to end the threat.
In the sixth inning, Makakilo secondbase Trent Hiramoto executed a key play when Halawa’s Koa Kaai was tagged out after failing to call time out on a pulled muscle resulting from a pickoff attempt.
Tim Arakawa suffered the loss for Halawa.