KAPAA — Kawaihau starting pitcher Noah Delanoza threw a one-hitter during his stint on the mound Sunday at the Hawaii Little League District 1 tournament against Kainalu Little League.
He didn’t stop there, adding a three-run home run in the fourth inning to push Kawaihau to an 11-1 win over Kainalu in a game shortened by the 10-run ruling in the fifth frame.
With the win, Kawaihau remains undefeated following its 16-2 win over the Kaneohe All Stars Saturday and advances to the championship game or games starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday.
If needed, a second game is scheduled to start at noon. Which ever team survives today’s elimination game will have to beat the host Kawaihau twice to win the championship.
Kainalu was also undefeated entering the Sunday matchup following its win over Kailua Friday at the Mayor Bryan J. Baptiste Sports Complex main diamond.
The blue shirts will face the Kaneohe All Stars today in a 3 p.m. contest to determine who will face Kawaihau in the championship game or games Tuesday.
The Kaneohe All Stars started with a 10-5 win over Kahaluu Friday in the tournament opener, and on Sunday morning took a 6-4 edge over Kahaluu to advance to today’s contest.
Delanoza, during his stint of 42 pitches on the mound, gave up the sole hit cranked by Kainalu, a single from Marcus Sasaki in the second inning. Delanoza struck out two, including the opening batter, and walked three Kainalu batters before being relieved.