LIHU‘E — The Lihu‘e Baseball League Mustang and Bronco teams will be playing in one of four pools when the LBL hosts Da Bash baseball invitational starting at 9 a.m. Friday at the Lihu‘e County Park.
The Lihu‘e Giants, the LBL Mustang division champions with a 9-3 season record, will open in the Orange pool against the Ewa Canefires starting at 9 a.m.
Other teams in the Orange pool include Ha‘aheo O Maui and the Dirtbags from O‘ahu.
The Lihu‘e Orioles are in the Green Pool, opening against the Honolulu Cardinals, Friday starting at 12:30 p.m. Other teams in the Green Pool include Kaizen and the Lihu‘e Rangers.
The Lihu‘e Yankees open the Red Pool with a 5 p.m. match against the Hawai‘i Kai Youth Baseball League Dodgers Friday. Other teams in the Red pool include the Lihu‘e Cardinals who were going through practice, Tuesday, and the Aiea Blackbirds.
The Lihu‘e Phillies are in the Blue Pool which opens with Zone taking on MKYBL Intimidators, Saturday starting at 7:30 a.m. The Mililani Orioles round out the Mustang Blue Pool.
The Lihu‘e Tigers, clinching the Bronco division title with a double-header win over the Marlins Saturday, finished the season with a 10-5 record and will open the Orange Pool against the Kolohe Warriors Friday starting at 9 a.m. Tsukada and Midtown Posse make up the other teams in the Orange Pool.
The Lihu‘e Marlins, finishing runner-up in the Bronco division with a 9-6 season record, opens the Blue pool against Kaizen Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. The Windward Yankees and Shockers round out the Blue Pool.
The Waiakea Marlins of the Big Island will open the Green Pool against the Ewa Heat Friday starting at 2 p.m. The Lihu‘e Brewers, opening against the MKYBL Friday at 9 a.m. round out the pool.
The Lihu‘e Phillies anchor the Red Pool and will open against Ha‘aheo O Maui, Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. Other teams in the Red Pool include the MKYBL Phillies and Westside.
Cory Gokan of the LBL said Friday is pool play with the teams arriving and getting set up. Opening ceremonies for the LBL Da Bash will take place at 11:45 a.m. Saturday which will also have the LBL hosting a Movie Night in the Park for all of the teams to enjoy.
Sunday night is the Lu‘au Night with the Semifinals and Championship games taking place Monday starting at 8 a.m.
Stan Yoshimori, one of the LBL coaches, said everyone is welcome to drop by and take in any of the competitive baseball games taking place.
“And, if you don’t like baseball, you can always drop in and just visit the food booth,” Yoshimori said. “There’ll be some good food.”
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.