Unfavorable weather caused play at the Junior League Baseball World Series to be postponed.
At the time of stoppage, Kawaihau Community Little League led Padre LL of Texas, 3-0, in the first inning of the United States championship game.
However, the score will be reset to 0-0 when both teams resume because the inning wasn’t completed, said Kawaihau head coach Justin Malina.
“Texas played the trump card perfectly,” Malina said in a phone interview Saturday. “Every time a little rain came in, he called his kids in. So, I couldn’t get the last out. … Then rain just dumped — just dumped.”
Malina was disappointed but added: “It is what it is. It’s rules. You can’t control the rules, and you can’t control Mother Nature. It’s just out of our hands.”
The U.S. final is set to resume at 9 a.m. EDT today in Taylor, Mich. (3 p.m. HST). Kawaihau represents the U.S. West region, and Padre LL represents the U.S. Southwest region.
The winner will face Shing-Ming Junior LL of Chinese Taipei in the Junior League Baseball World Series championship final. That final match between the U.S. and international winners is scheduled for 1 p.m. EDT today (7 a.m. HST) and will be televised on ESPN.
Malina is hopeful games will be played out today, but isn’t optimistic.
“It will be a long day. The thing that gets me is that I don’t think the field is going to be ready. It’s just my opinion,” Malina said. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. But like I said, it’s out of my control. They’re still expecting rain tomorrow. So, it is what it is. What can you do. … Just tell the people thank you, and pray for good weather tomorrow.”
Shing-Ming Junior LL, representing the Asia-Pacific region, defeated Guadalupe Linda Vista LL of Mexico, 6-2, on Saturday.
– Information from Little League Baseball World Series was added to this story.