Smith, Koga lead LBL Mustangs

Tyler Smith went 3-4, scored twice and drove in three runs to lead the Lihu‘e Mustang All Stars to a 16-15 edge over ‘Aiea, Friday.

Cal Koga, Smith and Shane Ogata combined for 2-inning stints on the mound to hold ‘Aiea to just nine hits while Lihu‘e bats chalked up 15 hits in the game shortened to just 5 1/2 innings.

That win came after Lihu‘e opened with an 11-1 win over Kalanianaole Athletic Club.

In that win, Lihu‘e finished with 11 hits led by Smith who finished 3-4 in the batter’s box. He smacked three doubles, and scored four times, joined by La‘akea Iseri-Carvalho who finished 2-4 with two RBIs on his pair of singles and a three-bagger.

Koga added a 1-2 showing with two RBIs on a double and a sacrifice fly. He also went four innings on the mound to pick up the win, combining with Ogata who pitched for an inning in a contest shortened to five innings on the 10-run ruling.

Between the pair, they allowed just one KAC hit from Wil Stanley who doubled for an RBI.

Against ‘Aiea, Ogata joined Smith in leading the Lihu‘e hitters, finishing 2-2 with a single and a double with two RBIs.

Lihu‘e (2-0) will be in the White Pool at the Mustang state tournament at the Central O‘ahu Regional Park with Hilo (0-1), ‘Aiea (1-1) and KAC (0-1), as of Friday.

Mililani tops the Orange Pool after winning its two opening day games. Following that 2-0 record, Maui (1-0), Ewa Beach (0-1) and Windward (0-2) round out the field.

The Mustang baseball program is just one age division in the Protect Our Nation’s Youth baseball program.

LBL Pinto finish 1-4 in Mililani tourney

The Lihu‘e Baseball League Goodwill Pinto team finished with a 1-4 record at the Mililani Pinto Goodwill Tournament on O‘ahu.

Playing during the June 13-15 weekend, the Lihu‘e GW Pinto opened with an 11-8 win over the Mililani Drillers.

This was followed by a pair of heart-breaking losses where Mililani teams edged the visiting Lihu‘e squad by one run in each game.

Against the Mililani Defenders, Lihu‘e dropped 18-17 before being edged out by the Mililani Thunder 16-15.

But Lihu‘e came back in its fourth game to take a 1-0 lead in the first two innings against the Mililani Titans.

That lead stood until the fourth inning when the Titans drove six runs across the plate. The Lihu‘e GW Pinto answered with three runs, but the effort fell short 7-4.

Lihu‘e GW Pinto was victimized in its final appearance at the tournament when the Mililani Fighting Irish romped over the Lihu‘e squad 24-2.

Despite the losses, parent chaperones said the tournament was a great experience and the boys had a lot of fun.

The LBL Goodwill Pinto squad includes Kanei Alisna-Kolo, Conner Garcia, Riley Gokan, Zachary Hee, Kyson Ikehar, Rilen Loo, Kristian Matsumto, Kyler Michaels, Mikah Nonaka, Tyler Oshima, Skyler Sadora and Jaykob Young.

Tyrus Matsumoto is the head coach with his staff including Cory Gokan, Henry Hee, Roland Ikehara, Jere Loo, Leroy Nonaka, Kyle Oshima and Greg Sadora.

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