West Region’s Hilo Little League, Hawaii, hammers Southwest, Is the Senior Baseball Champion
Hilo (Hi) Little League was swinging heavy bats for much of the Senior League Baseball World Series played in Bangor, Maine. In an 11-1, five-inning win over Rose Capital East Little League from Tyler, Texas, the 2011 World Champs scored seven runs in the third inning the set up an easy win.
Needing less than 90 minutes to capture Hawaii’s second Senior Baseball title, Hilo Little League scored a run in the first inning, a carried the 1-0 lead into the third when the Kean Wong started the inning with a base hit. Chayce Kaaua also singled, setting up Korin Medeiros, who lined and RBI double.
After two strikeouts, the West Region Champions strung together a series of singles, building am 8-1 lead.
Quintin Torres-Costa took care of the rest of the load, going all five innings, scattering three hits, while striking out six for the mound victory.
Jacob Spitzer started the game for the Southwest Region champs, but he lasted only one inning, allowing four hits. Braden Nelson entered in relief and did not fare well, surrendering eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in less than two innings of work.
Seth Gibson also threw for Rose Capital East Little League, and he too did not have answer to the Hilo Little League offense.
Kaaua went 3-for-3, with two runs scored; and Medeiros also had three hits, drove in two and scored two runs.
This is the second Senior Baseball World Series Championship for Hilo Little League, which also captured the title in 2003.