The Summer of 2008: One That I Will Never Forget
By Timo Donahue
The story of the 2008 Little League Baseball World Series Champions as told by Timo Donahue, Manager, Wiapio Little League
Our Little League team worked hard during six practices a week leading up to our first game as a team.
We ended up swinging the bats extremely well during the District tournament. It was our defense; pitching and timely hitting that propelled us throughout the State tournament. Our homeruns that were hit in the State tournament either were game winners, tie breakers or lead takers.
Seven of the 13 players were now on their way to a second summer in the West Regional in San Bernardino, Calif. The boys played well in the desert heat of California and made it to the West region championship game, on ESPN. The day of the game was entertaining as the team did their television introductions. After lunch and batting practice, it was time to get to work against a great Nevada team. The boys kept their fighting spirit alive and won the game that would send them to the Famous Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. We enjoyed our time in San Bernardino, not knowing that we would soon be having the time of our lives in the next week and a half.
During the trek to Williamsport, the plane ride and the bus ride, I was able to see the anxious look in the players’ eyes. I, myself was anxious to see the field, complex and the hoopla that came with it.
The boys were given bats, batting gloves and helmets to name a few things. All the while we, the coaches, were trying to have the team savor every minute of the time in Pennsylvania.
Taking it one game at a time, the boys won enough games to place the team in the United States Championship game against Louisiana. In a game that I will remember forever, our boys did not give up and came back in the last inning to score six runs and win the game.
After that dramatic win, the boys had one more left in them to take out Mexico in the Little League World Championship game. Being the underdog in every game except those played in Hawaii, I felt a great sense of accomplishment once it was all said and done.
These young men worked their tails off and won the whole thing, proving that hard work and determination pays off. The team stuck together throughout the entire tournament season, providing that chemistry that everyone speaks of. A great bunch of ballplayers won the most prestigious youth league title around, and I as their coach could not be more proud of what they accomplished and how they have handled the win with a sense of humbleness.
The team will have the memories to hold on to and the souvenirs, to remind them of that special time in August of 2008. They will be forever remembered as World Champions.
On behalf of the 2008 Little League World Series Champions, Waipio Hawaii, I would like to thank the staff of Little League International for making the dreams come true for so many people.