Finals for LBL 2007 Bash this morning

Kaua‘i’s newest champions will be in the semifinals of the Mustang division starting at 8 a.m. today at the Lihu‘e Baseball League’s 2007 Bash.

The Lihu‘e Nationals, who recently earned the LBL Mustang championship, will be up against the Lihu‘e Mets. It will be a rematch of the season’s final game when the Mets came up two runs short on a late-game rally.

Ewa Beach, which celebrated infielder Darren Gallano’s 10th birthday, will be going up against the Kalawai Cardinals, the West Kaua‘i Mustang champions who suffered its only loss in the bash Saturday at the hands of the Nationals, 3-1.

In the Bronco division, the Aiea Tigers will be meeting the A’s at the Lihu‘e County Park’s main diamond for the semifinals of that division.

The Windward Pony Bronco will be meeting the Lihu‘e Cardinals at Isenberg Field starting at 8 a.m.

Winners of both semifinal games will be playing for the event championships at Lihu‘e County Park.

The championship for the Mustang division is scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. while the Bronco championship is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m.

Tom Vallatini, president of the LBL, was pleased with the turnout for this year’s event.

“We had at least 10 teams for the Mustang division which meant the traveling teams could get in at least four games over the three-day tournament,” he said.

Teams that came from off-island include the Wai-Kahala Storm. Other teams include Windward and Ewa Beach.

Masumura said the Storm came after discovering they could not play in a Big Island tournament.

When they got here, they were impressed with the grounds, the people and the way the tournament was run.

“They definitely want to come back,” Masumura said.

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