Posted with permission, article and pictures, courtesy of Bedrock Sports Hawaii
Story by: Nick Abramo & Kauai correspondent
The ultimate goal is to get to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the site of the Little League World Series.
But it’s one step at a time for the Honolulu Little League, which beat Kawaihau 10-0 for the Hawaii state title on Saturday.
The mind-set for these boys is one of teamwork as can be noted on the back of the team’s jerseys — “WE>ME.”
HAPPY FACES — Honolulu Little League players celebrate Esiah Wong’s game-winning home run in a 10-0 state championship win over Kawaihau on Saturday on the Garden Island. Check out the names on the back of the uniform: “WE>ME.” (Image credit: Kauai correspondent).
So now, it’s off to San Bernardino, California, for the Aug. 6-12 West Regionals. A win there would put Honolulu into the big show in Pennsylvania, Aug. 17-28.
A Honolulu Little League team won it all at the LLWS in 2018, the third time a team from Hawaii reached that pinnacle.
A home run by Honolulu’s Esiah Wong finished off Kawaihau in the bottom of the fourth-inning, ending the game at the Baptist Sports Complex in Kapaa on the 10-run rule.
Honolulu pitcher Jaron Lancaster went the distance, holding Kawaihau to just four hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, and he also conked one of his team’s five homers.
In another meeting between the two teams in the tournament, Honolulu defeated Kawaihau 14-4 in another game that ended in four innings.
Hawaii’s Little League World Series Teams In LLWS Championship Games
>> 1988: Taiwan 10, Pearl City 0
>> 2005: Ewa Beach 7, Curacao 6 (7 innings)
>> 2008: Waipio 12, Mexico 3
>> 2018: Honolulu 3, South Korea 0