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Hawaii Little League Coach involved in post-game altercation

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It's a case of he said, he said, we saw. 

After Kolten Yamaguchi hit a three-run walk-off home run to give the Hilo All-Stars a dramatic come from behind win this past weekend in the Little League Western Regional Senior Tournament over Rocklin, California, the two teams lined up for a post-game hand shake.

That's where accounts of what happened next differ.

The San Bernandino Sun reported that "several Hawai'i players verbally, and with gestures, taunted the Northern California side".

Additionally, the paper stated that Hilo Head Coach Kaha Wong "didn't like the way Rocklin's players were shaking his hand and had to be held back several times from going after a coach and a player."

 Wong, who called Hawaii News Now Monday night, gives a different side of the story, his.

"The umpire came up to me, [and said] ‘I don't think you're doing anything wrong Mr. Wong'.  I said, ‘well we did win the game so I don't think we'll try to make more problems.  We won the game.'"

Wong also referenced video that was loaded to youtube.com which showed the two teams coaches coming together after the game.

"If we did over-celebrate, I told the directors and everybody that I very much apologize.  But you know, as you saw in the video and I saw in the video, there's nothing really, really bad."

Tournament officials, who reviewed the case and the video itself, have decided not to discipline either team.

 

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