Hawaii falls in Little League World Series U.S. Championship
The West Region champs from Wailuku, Maui fell in this year’s Little League World Series U.S. Championship game on Saturday. The team from Hawaii was defeated by Louisiana 9-5 at Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. With the win, Eastbank Little League now moves onto Sunday’s Little League World Series title game against Curacao. Maui will play in the Consolation game.
This was a game with stellar defense. Hawaii’s Marley Sebastian made a diving grab for the first out of the game. The first run of the game came did not come till the fifth inning. The Southwest region champs scored with no outs off a Ryder Blanchard double. Then a few batters later, Marshall Louque brought across two more for Louisiana. Things unraveled for Hawaii when two pass balls resulted in two more Southwest runs.
Central East Maui tried to battle back in the bottom of the fifth, Shiloh Gilliland got on base with a single to start the inning. Bransyn Hong moved Gilliland to third with a double. But that was as close as they would get to scoring in the fifth after Jaren Pascual hit a chopper up the middle for the final out.
In the 6th inning, Reece Roussel set the Little League World Series hits record, bringing across two more Southwest runs in the process.
But it was in the bottom of the sixth the Valley Isle team showed some fight. Duke Aloy got an RBI single with the bases loaded and no outs. A pair of walks and a runner hit by pitch got the West three more runs. But it would not be enough against the team from River Ridge, Louisiana.
Louisiana finished with eleven hits to Hawaii's seven. Kuloloia was credited with the loss. Eastbank Little League's William Andrade got the win.
Curacao, the Caribbean representatives defeated Japan in the Little League World Series International Championship game 5-4 in the earlier game on Saturday.
Sunday’s Championship game between Louisiana and Curacao is set for 9:00 a.m. Hawaii time on KITV. Hawaii will take on Japan in this year’s Consolation Game at 4:00 a.m. Hawaii time on ESPN.