• Kaua’i surfers dominate Hawai’i team
• Castillo invited to prestigous event
• Astros maul Atlanta, 10-5
• White Sox take commanding 2-0 lead
• Angels clip the Yankees, 5-3.
Kaua’i surfers dominate Hawai’i team
By The Garden Island
Kaua’i grom Sebastian Zietz and gromettes Alana Blanchard and Bethany Hamilton make up all but two spots on the USA Surf Team, who hail from Hawai’i.
The squad is comprised of 38 athletes who were selected at the USA Surf Championships in June in Huntington Beach. Five Hawaiian surfers will represent the United States in the international event.
All three Kauaians will participate in the under-18 divisions.
The contest starts on October 8 and runs through the 16th.
Castillo invited to prestigous event
Waimea’s Isaac Castillo, a KIF all-star baseball player, was just one of around 300 players in the world invited to a Major League Baseball showcase.
Castillo leaves on October 13 on the all-expenses-paid trip, which should give him great exposure to pro scouts and coaches. He is also projected by many to be taken in the first 10 rounds of the MLB draft in June.
Astros maul Atlanta, 10-5
ATLANTA — Morgan Ensberg and the Houston Astros showed there’s more to this team than just pitching.
Ensberg had five RBIs, Andy Pettitte overcame a couple of homers for his record-tying 14th postseason win and the Astros got started on what they hope will be another October conquest of Atlanta, beating the Braves 10-5 in Game 1 of their NL playoff series Wednesday.
The good-pitching, weak-hitting Astros — they led the National League in ERA but ranked 11th in runs — had no trouble scoring on the Braves. Atlanta passed up the chance to start the playoffs with John Smoltz, who came in as the winningest pitcher in postseason history. Now, Smoltz will start against Roger Clemens in Game 2 on Thursday night.
White Sox take commanding 2-0 lead
CHICAGO — Boston needs another big comeback, this time just to get out of the first round.
Tadahito Iguchi hit a go-ahead, threerun homer off David Wells after a costly error by Red Sox second baseman Tony Graffanino, and the Chicago White Sox rallied for a 5-4 victory over Boston on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead against the defending World Series champions in their AL playoff series. The Red Sox, 14-2 losers in Tuesday’s opener, took a 4-0 lead in the third, then were shut out on three hits for the final six innings by Mark Buehrle and Bobby Jenks.
Games 3 and possibly 4 in the best-of-five series are at Fenway Park on Friday and Saturday. A fifth game, if necessary, would be at Chicago on Sunday.
Angels clip the Yankees, 5-3.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — When their offense failed them this season, the Los Angeles Angels scratched out victories with strong pitching and sparkling defense. That combination worked again Wednesday night against the Yankees in the AL playoffs, and this time they also got a few key hits. Orlando Cabrera, Bengie Molina and the Angels’ slick gloves helped Los Angeles pull even with the New York. Cabrera scored the tying run after a costly error by Alex Rodriguez and hit a go-ahead single, Molina got two big hits and the Angels beat the Yankees 5-3 to tie their best-of-five, first-round series at one game apiece.