dated July 30, 2017
by Todd Reddick
In the third game of the 2017 Intermediate World Series, Central East Maui Little League from Wailuku, Hawaii (West) scored 4 runs in the top of the 7th inning to come back and beat North Palm Beach County Little League from North Palm Beach, Florida (Southeast) 11-9.
Central East Maui Little League is the defending Intermediate World Series Champion, and although there are no players are coaches here from last year’s team, they showed similar fight and yet again found a way to win.
Hawaii entered the top of the 7th down 8-7, and was down to their final strike. But Kelton Tom singled to tie the game after being down to his last strike, and Andrew Teruya followed with an RBI double to give Hawaii a lead. They would add two more runs in the 7th before holding down Florida in the bottom half of the inning.
This Hawaii team is no stranger to the 7th inning comebacks. Just a few days ago they were down 6-3 to Northern California in the Western Regional Championships entering the top of the 7th, and then exploded for 18 runs to eventually win 21-10 and punch their ticket to Livermore.
Coach Aloy got a lot of advice from the coaches from last year, but says that the boys simply “play with nothing to lose”. Since most of the kids on this team have played together since they were 5-6 years old, there is a lost of trust and belief among the boys. For Keoni, he also plays soccer and runs track on the island, but ultimately “just loves to play baseball”.
Dylan Kokubun led the Hawaii attack with three hits and 2 runs, and Danelle Daniels went 2-2 with 3 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Six different pitchers held Florida to 7 hits.
For Florida, Drake Flowers went 2-3 with 2 runs and 2 walks, and also pitched 4 1/3 innings allowing only 6 hits and one earned run.
Pictured are Keoni Painter, Coach Jaime Aloy, and Andrew Teruya.
Hawaii plays next on Monday July 31st at 3pm PST against Indiana (Central).
Florida will play next on Tuesday August 1st at 3pm PST.