Kekaha wins Kalawai Pinto tourney

A special collection of players from the Kekaha and Waimea youth baseball programs made up the championship team that emerged from a weekend tournament in Kalawai Park.

The post-season tournament, hosted by the Kalawai Youth Baseball program and coordinated by Stephen Perreira, featured six Pinto baseball teams from Kekaha through Lihu‘e who fielded two teams.

Starting play Saturday, the field included teams from Hanapepe, Kekaha, host Kalawai, and A and B teams from Lihu‘e, some of whose players cut short a special baseball clinic hosted by the 2007 Kaua‘i High School program.

When the dust settled, the Kekaha Wolves, a combination team of players from Kekaha and Waimea, emerged as tournament champions.

Brenda Jose, business manager for the Kekaha Youth Baseball organization said, “Special mahalo to all the participants for entering. Without your participation, the tournament would not have been a success.”

Members of the championship team include Anson Lazaro, Storm Costales, Jaycob Rapanot, Corey Borja, Madison Mooer, Jordan Baptista, Pono Manoi, Chris Rennie, Kamalu Gomes, Kekai Nordmeier and Kenji Toyofuku.

Coaches for the team include Shandon Nordmeier, Jimmy Costales, Bill Rennie and Burt Rapanot. Leialoha San Agustin is the team mom.

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