Archive for August, 2010

BYU makes its move

August 31st, 2010

Independent in football and to the West Coast Conference in the other sports.

Dagger to the WAC.

LLWS final blog: Waipio vs. Japan

August 29th, 2010

Hawaii tried for its third Little League World Series championship in six years today.

But a Japan team from Tokyo beat Waipio, 4-1, despite some fine pitching by Cody Maltezo for Hawaii.

Waipio vs. Japan, 9 a.m.

August 28th, 2010


Hawaii plays Japan at 9 a.m. Hawaii Time on Sunday for the LLWS world title. Game is on KITV.

Heleski, 5-inning complete game 2-hitter, 2 run-scoring singles. Shackles, 2-run homer. Bartolome 2-run double.

Akau, 3 for-3 with a double. Maltezo, RBI triple.

Heleski scored game-ending run (mercy rule) in the bottom of the fifth on a wild pitch.

Ty’s the hitting image of Joey

August 27th, 2010

First baseman Ty DeSa — who keyed Waipio’s 12-5 win today and has been a leader throughout his team’s run at the Little League World Series — comes from one of Hawaii’s most accomplished baseball families. His relatives include two former Major Leaguers, John “Gido” Matias and Joey DeSa. Another relative, John Roy Matias III, was an outstanding hitter at the University of Hawaii.

Ty bears a striking resemblance to Joey, who was also a sweet-swinging and fielding left-handed first baseman.

MWC: They just don’t want to come here

August 26th, 2010

My friend Bobby Curran talked on his radio show on 1420-AM this morning about how he doesn’t think Hawaii should be dismissed by the Mountain West, that UH should at least be considered in the conference’s future membership plans.

Veteran reporter Natalie Meisler of the Denver Post  who covers Colorado State was a guest on his show today, and repeated what we’ve heard many times: That the MWC schools simply don’t like coming to Hawaii because of the distance and cost of travel.

Bobby countered that travel subsidies can alleviate that, and if the MWC breaks into Pacific and Mountain divisions, the travel to Hawaii wouldn’t be so onerous.