Coin toss decider helps some teams, hurts others
By Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island
The coin toss decider was brutal to two teams while helping another catapult to top seeding status.
Kalawai Cardinals, the West Kaua‘i Mustang champions, suffered its third loss yesterday based on the coin toss after battling to a 7-7 tie with the Mililani Crimson Tide in its second game of the day.
On the other side of the coin, the Lihu‘e Athletics got help as it won the toss following a 3-3 matchup against the Windward Red Sox in the Bronco division, and similarly, the Reds was put out of the picture following a coin toss decision after battling 1-1 with the Windward Red Sox.
Earlier yesterday, Kalawai Cardinal Trevor Freudig whacked a 3-run home run to deep center field and pitcher Brayden Perez followed with a double.
The Kalawai bats finally came alive, but the effort fell short as the clock ran out on a 13-4 decision to the Waialae-
Chasing two runs, 13-11 with two outs and Cardinals on the basepaths, the umpire called the game based on the 90-minute time limit during one of the opening games at the Lihu‘e Baseball League Bash 4 Memorial Day baseball tournament.
But that did not soften the blow to the Cardinals who had earlier suffered a loss based on a coin toss against the Lihu‘e Devil Rays, Saturday.
In that opening game, the Devil Rays and the Kalawai Cardinals, Mustang champions for West Kaua‘i, finished at a 4-4 deadlock on the time limit, the final outcome being determined by a coin flip.
Sunday’s loss on the late-game comeback effort gave the Cardinals its second loss in the tournament while the Angels improved to 2-0 following an 11-3 win over the Mililani Crimson Tide, Saturday.
Later yesterday morning, the Angels were handed its first loss when the Devil Rays of the host LBL romped to a 13-1 victory.
Earlier Saturday, the Devil Rays were the recipient of a coin toss win over the Cardinals and followed that with a 5-4 win over the Crimson Tide.
That Devil Rays victory gives the Rays top seed in Pool A followed by the Angels.
The LBL Diamond Backs, taking a 5-4 win over the Waialae-Kahala Red Sox, yesterday, pretty much took control of Pool B followed by the Red Sox in the No. 2 slot.
The Diamond Backs, like the Devil Rays, opened the tournament with a coin toss win after playing the Mililani Kamikaze to a 6-6 tie in time limit.
The brownshirts followed that with a 5-1 win over the MK Cubs before meeting the WK Red Sox.
The Manoa Dirtbags, with several coaches having ties to Kaua‘i, have the top seed in Pool C following two Saturday wins and a 7-1 win against the Cubs.
The team, who is making its first appearance in preparation for the Mainland trip in July, opened the LBL tournament with a 17-2 win over the Mililani Warriors before blanking the LBL Nationals 4-0.
Yesterday, as time was winding down, the Dirtbags held a 7-0 edge over the Cubs.
Second seed in Pool C belongs to the Nationals, who last week clinched the LBL Mustang title. Following its loss to the Dirtbags, the Nationals went on to a 1-0 win against C4 and improved with a 6-2 showing over the Mililani Warriors, yesterday.
The LBL Dodgers, a 6-1 winner over the Waialae-Kahala Cougars yesterday, are up for the top slot of Pool D along with Gabbyz who beat the Dodgers in a 2-1 match, Saturday.
As the sun began its descent at the Lihu‘e County Park, Gabbyz appeared to be in control of the Ewa Beach Yankees.
The Lihu‘e Athletics finished pool play neck-and-neck with the Windward Red Sox, but got the top slot in the Bronco Pool A based on runs allowed.
The LBL Reds, who edged out the A’s on opening day, was put out of the picture yesterday following a 1-1 tie with the Windward Red Sox, and the Red Sox advancing based on a coin toss win.
The Lihu‘e Braves came from behind to take a 5-4 win over the Windward Dodgers yesterday to clinch top seeding in the Bronco Pool B with a 3-0 standing following a 15-2 showing over the WK Astros and a default win over the Kalawai Yankees, Saturday.
Second seed in the Bronco Pool B belongs to the Windward Dodgers who finish with a 2-1 record.
Playoffs for the Mustang division start at 8 a.m. with the championship contest starting at 2 p.m.
Playoffs for the Bronco division start at 9 a.m with the championship game starting at 1 p.m.