Representing the Garden Isle

  • Photo courtesy Jeffrey Kimoto

    Ricky Ramones of the Kauai 70s tosses a pitch to the batter during the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah.

  • Photo courtesy LaVerne Silva

    The Hanapa’a 60+ team stops for photos during the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Front row from left: Eddy Hann, Clifford Furtado, Mike Alanzo, Fabian Loo, Craig Sogi, Wes Kaui and Ricky Baptist. Back row: Paul Silva, Guy Ruiz, Gaylen Shigeta, Clive Shigematsu, Steven Carvalho, Clay Carvalho, Kaiwa Sheldon, Charlie Peterson, Felix Mandiola, Sia Salausa and Shelly Salausa.

  • Photo courtesy LaVerne Silva

    The Hanapa’a 60+ team stops for photos during the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Front row from left: Eddy Hann, Clifford Furtado, Mike Alanzo, Fabian Loo, Craig Sogi, Wes Kaui and Ricky Baptist. Back row: Paul Silva, Guy Ruiz, Gaylen Shigeta, Clive Shigematsu, Steven Carvalho, Clay Carvalho, Kaiwa Sheldon, Charlie Peterson, Felix Mandiola, Sia Salausa and Shelly Salausa.

  • Photo courtesy LaVerne Silva

    The Hanapa’a 65+ team stops for photos during the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Front row from left: Shige Asato, Dennis Hollend, Eddy Tacub, Craig Sogi, Jed Hirota and Justus Taylor. Back row: Paul Silva, Al Apo, Gary Venturini, Guy Ruiz, Pricilla Ruiz, Butch Tenn, Isaac Garcia, Freddie Entilla, Larry Rego and Richard Reader.

  • Photo courtesy LaVerne Silva

    The Ho’o Ikaika 70+ team stops for photos during the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Front row from left: Shige Asato, Nathan Aiwohi, Justus Taylor, Wally Matsuda, Al Apo and Paul Silva. Back row: Guy Ruiz, Pricilla Ruiz, Butch Tenn, Lori Tenn, Gary Jackson, Freddie Entilla, Manny Ramos and Ernie Morimoto.

  • Photo courtesy LaVerne Silva

  • Photo courtesy Jeffrey Kimoto

The state of Hawaii sent nine senior softball teams to the Huntsman Senior Games in St. George, Utah, which took place Oct. 9-21. Seven teams represented Kauai and two were from Oahu.

The Kauai Islanders, sponsored by Aloha Roofing — a mixed roster of players from Kauai, Hawaii, and California —was managed by Jeffrey Kimoto and garnered the bronze medal in the 55 AA division. Leading the team to the medal round were locals Al Banach, Steve Kaui, Kimoto, Donald Ouderkirk (Kauai/Hawaii), Mark Gomes (Hawaii), and Peter Ngringotel (Hawaii). Islanders lost to Nomad Xpress from Calgary, Alberta in the third round, 27-16.

Guy Ruiz’s Hanapa’a 60s won gold in the 60 B division. Hanapa’a beat Hewcore Legends from Ontario, Canada, 18-14.

Hanapa’a 65s, also managed by Ruiz, also won gold in the 65 A division. Hanapa’a defeated Reliant 65s from Beaverton, Oregon, 21-20.

Kauai 70s, managed by Frank Bukoski, made it to the championship round in the A+ Black division but lost to Pacific Group Advisors 21-10 and brought home the silver medal.

Ron Chittenden’s Hekili team garnered bronze medal in the 70 C division. They lost to Sequoia Bark Sales from Reedley, Calif., 21-16.

In the 74+ AAA Blue division, Ka Uila, managed by Lily Tamashiro, came up a game short of medal and finished in fourth place. After scoring 27 runs in the morning game, the team came up short and lost to Bull Dogs from Surrey, British Columbia, 16-12.

“Everyone had fun, and the main thing is no one got hurt,” said Tamashiro.

Kauaians Ruiz and Paul Silva played for the Oahu team Ho’o Ikaika, managed by Butch Tenn, and won gold in the 70 AA Red division. They beat Coyotes 70 from Oceanside, Calif., 21-16.

Kimoto and Kapaa’s Bully Balocan also played on a 50’s team, Woodlawn Hitting Club from St. Petersburg, Florida, who hobbled into the championship round but lost to Grand Slam Sports Card of Port St. Lucie, Florida to settle for silver in the 50 AAA Black division.

1 Comments
  1. Jeffrey kimoto November 8, 2017 8:25 am Reply

    CORRECTION: the team photos of Hanapaa 60s, 65s, and Ho’o Ikaika were supplied by LaVerne Silva, not Jeffrey.


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