dated August 2, 2017
Max Baer Park, Livermore CA
by Todd Reddick
Central East Maui from Wailuku, Hawaii got their first batter on base by way of a walk, and four pitches later he scored without a ball put in play.
For the next six innings, Hawaii and the host Danville Little League team from Danville, CA played scoreless baseball with excellent pitching and defense.
Kelton Tom provided a 2-out, RBI single in the top of the 7th, and Hawaii closed it out for a 2-0 win to remain unbeaten.
Keoni Painter pitched 4 2/3 innings for Hawaii, giving up only one hit, one walk, no runs and striking ou 11. Zachary Pascual pithed the remaining 2 1/3, giving up only two hits and striking out four. Keoni admitted to some early nerves before the game, but you would never know it from the way he pitched. He had both his fastball and curve working well today.
For Danville, Calvin Chang was excellent, pitching 4 innings and giving up no earned runs, 1 hit, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts.
Coach Jaime Aloy said that this was the closest game that they have played the entire tournament.
Pictured are Keoni Painter, Coach Jamie Aloy and Zach Pascual.
Hawaii will play next on Saturday, August 5th at 5PM PST in the US Championship game on ESPN3.
Danville will play its next game on Thursday August 3rd at 6pm PST.
For more information, visit the tournament website at www.lliws.org.