Waipio vs. Japan, 9 a.m.

August 28th, 2010
By dreardon

FINAL: WAIPIO 10, PEARLAND, TEXAS 0

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.

18 Responses to “Waipio vs. Japan, 9 a.m.”

  1. dreardon:

    Japan wins it 3-2 in 7 innings. The winner of the Hawaii-Texas game coming up plays Japan tomorrow for the Little League World Series championship.


  2. dreardon:

    Ezra Heleski strting on the mound for Hawaii


  3. dreardon:

    Double off the wall in leftcenter on a 3-2 pitch for Bartolome drives in Akau and Banaiga … Hawaii takes a 2-0 lead in the first.


  4. dreardon:

    Shackles’ 2-run homer … Hawaii still batting in the first with a 4-0 lead.


  5. dreardon:

    Heleski gives up hit batsman and infield single in the second, but no damage. Hawaii leads 4-0 coming up to hit in the second. I’ve got Heleski at 32 pitches. Might be off one or two.


  6. dreardon:

    Akau singles, but doesn’t advance. Hawaii lead still 4-0 after 2.


  7. dreardon:

    Another 1-2-3 inning for Heleski … Waipio 4, Texas 0 after 2 1/2


  8. dreardon:

    Big third inning for Waipio. Shackles, Eleski and Akau key 3-run inning with hits.


  9. dreardon:

    Heleski still tough, Texas leaves two more runners on in 4th. Waipio 7, Pearland 0. Pitch count closing in on 70.


  10. dreardon:

    Gutierrez comes in and gets Waipio out in order in the fourth. Hawaii 7, Texas 0. If he pitches a good fifth, the Texas coach will be second-guessed for not bringing him in earlier, or starting him.


  11. dreardon:

    WAIPIO WINS … ON TO LLWS CHAMPIONSHIP GAME


  12. dreardon:

    Heleski star of the game, pitching a two-hitter, driving in two runs with two hits and scoring the game-ending run.
    Hawaii won 10-0 due to the mercy rule. Didn’t have to go out in the field for the sixth.


  13. dreardon:

    Two “secrets” to Waipio’s success. 1) Depth. 2) Poise. They are a study in teamwork and perseverance #LLWS


  14. Its over:

    Tough little buggahs!


  15. roysan16:

    These youngsters from Waipio add years to everyone’s life today that were cheering them on. Or at least that’s the way I feel. Gosh it feels good. Thank you Waipio. Looking forward to tomorrow’s championship game.


  16. protector:

    Good luck to the Waipio kids, their families and coaches toward becoming Intenational Champions again!! You are the U.S. Champs, so I hope that people across the nation will be cheering for you against Japan. Yes, even Texans should be cheering on the Waipio team; I know if the shoe were on the other foot and Waipio had lost, I’d still be cheering for Texas against Japan. Win or lose, you are Champions in my eyes. Go Waipio!!


  17. Its over:

    This is also the Pacific Rim Championship (a lower subset but no less significant for Hawaii).

    The Tough Little Buggahs have become a marketing tool worth big bucks to the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Hopefully, ESPN shows lots of sun, surf n’ fun shots of Hawaii and those shots are being beamed back to Japan.

    It’s a lot to ask of the Tough Little Buggahs, but IF they are able to create a bond beyond the competitive aspects of the game that is displayed on TV this game could have significant ramifications and pay unexpected dividends.

    Almost hope Lingle and Mufi got on a plane last night to say promotional things in interviews errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr maybe not.


  18. Its over:

    eh, the Hawaii kid can PITCH!


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