Waipio loses in opening round of Little League World Series

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email

WILLIAMSPORT, Penn. (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's said that all good things must come to an end.

But luckily for the Waipio Little League team, its good thing has a second chance.

This, after falling to Georgia in their Little League World Series opener.

But the West Region champs would jump on the Southeast winners early on.

In the first, with Kahoea Akau on first, Ty DeSa took a Georgia pitch and slammed it into right field, which gave Waipio the 2-0 lead.

But that would be the lone highlight for the Hawaii team. Georgia would answer in their half of the first.

With runners in scoring position, Brandon Pugh ripped one up the middle, tying the game up at two.

Then with a runner on board, Knox Carter knocked a Noah Shackles pitch out of the yard.

Georgia took the 4-2 lead and would never look back on its way to the 6-2 win. DeSa tallied the only hits for Waipio.

The rest of the team batted 0-17, with nine strikeouts. The loss snaps Waipio's 13-game winning streak.

"I felt they were battling all the way, but their pitcher was battling also, so I think they never gave up, they had heart all the way until the very end, so that's all I can ask of them, they did good," Waipio head coach Brian Yoshii said.

Yoshii says Shiloh Baniaga will make the start in Sunday's crucial contest.

The loss moves Waipio down to the loser's bracket in this double-elimination tournament. They play New Jersey at 8 a.m., Sunday. The game will be televised on ABC.

The loser of this game goes home. A team from Hawaii has won twice in the past five Little League World Series.

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