SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (HawaiiNewsNow) - With elimination staring them in the face yet again, the Waipio little leaguers showed exactly what they were made of Wednesday in a very unique world series game. But in the 4th, Waipio found themselves down to Ohio 2-0.
Kaimana Bartolome tries to fire his team up with some lethal leather behind home plate. Bartolome quickly finds the ball and watches it fall to his glove. That gave Waipio something to hang their hats on considering they struggled offensively with zero hits to that point.
In the bottom of the frame Waipio gets on the board with a fielders choice. They still were without a hit until Matthew Campos gives a 3-run shot. It's Waipio's only hit of the day and the first hit for Campos in the world series.
From there Waipio would benefit from numerous mistakes by Ohio's pitching staff. A hit-by-pitch on Ty Desa makes it 5-4. Then a wild pitch to Shiloh Baniaga makes it 6-4. Waipio would score 6-runs in the 4th with just one hit and 7-base on balls by Ohio. Waipio would ride that momentum on the arm of relief pitcher Ezra Heleski who struck out 5-batters in two-and-two thirds of an inning. Waipio stays alive in the little league world series beating Ohio 6-4.
Manager Brian Yoshii had this to say after the game.
"If I weren't here and if someone had told me that we'd win with just one hit and the other team had seven. I gotta tell you that we're probably more lucky than skilled today as far as hitting. Give Matt Campos a lot of credit...another guy that I'm so proud of and happy that he finally broke out of his slump and really help the team win," said Waipio Manager, Brian Yoshii.
When compared to the major leagues no teams have scored 4 or more runs in a game with just one hit like Waipio did.
Next up for them is a rematch with the same undefeated Georgia team who beat them on Saturday. That game is slated for 1p.m. Hawaii time Thursday and can be seen on ESPN. Waipio must beat Georgia twice in order to advance to the United States final.