Keiki ready for a big journey

The Lihue Pinto All Star baseball team led by Coach Lee Gusman was honored with a gift from the East Kauai Lions Club Thursday during the club’s meeting at the Lihue Neighborhood Center with a $500 award to help the young baseball players with their “journey,” a term used by Gusman to describe the trip to the Mililani Goodwill Pinto Tournament on Oahu in June, and the state Pinto tournament on Maui over the July 4th weekend.

“We will be representing the island of Kauai when we get to Maui,” Gusman said. “The tournament starts on July 3, and depending on outcomes, could run until July 7.”

Gusman said the players currently play for other teams in the Lihue Baseball League and meet on Sundays to practice as the Pinto All Stars.

“The boys will all be playing in the LBL Da Bash scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend at the Lihue County Park,” Gusman said. “They’ll be playing for their respective teams. But when they’re not playing, they’ll be working the food booth as a fundraiser to help defray costs for the two tournaments.”

Teammembers include Jacob Andres, Aukai Arruda, Kaimana Chong, Kailer Chow-Agor, Kyrus Domingsel, Jai Duterte, Noah Ibaan, Brysen Kaauwai, Lynden Kealoha, Racen Pegeder, Elias Pereira, Joshua Rego and Kapono Sullivan.

The coaches joining Gusman and Arruda are Corey Nakamura and Ryan Domingsel.

“They’re a great bunch of boys,” Gusman said. “Only three of them have played in the tournament before. For the rest of them, this is going to be a big journey.”

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