Kawaihau drops Little League Baseball World Series opener

The Kawaihau Community Little League Intermediate 50/70 team suffered its first loss at the Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball World Series on Sunday at Livermore, Calif.

Joseph Kopp of the Central region churned three RBIs, and despite three miscues, led the team from Coon Rapids/Andover American Little League in Minnesota to a 9-5 win over the team from Kauai.

Carter Anderson and Nelson Belschner combined for the win, both pitchers going a little more than two innings to hold Kawaihau to its five runs on seven hits and three Central errors.

Kawaihau worked with Keoua Sibayan on the mound, striking out seven batters over four innings before Kaimi Malina and Trevor Kaui came in, each reliever whiffing three batters.

Nainoa Cardinez topped the Kawaihau hitting with two hits.

The Little League Intermediate 50/70 Baseball World Series opened Saturday with Latin America taking a 5-3 win over Asia-Pacific, and the East downing the Southwest 8-2.

On Sunday, Puerto Rico was a 9-4 winner over Canada and Asia-Pacific took an 8-4 win over Latin America. On the American pool, Central marked its 9-5 win over West. No scores were available for the East against California District 57 matchup.

Kawaihau next takes the Max Baer field on Tuesday when it faces the loser of the Southeast game against the winner of the East/California District 57 match. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. California time.

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