Waipio little leaguers one win from title

Mohala Nunies
Mohala Nunies

By Roger Mari - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A 6th inning miracle comeback lands the Waipio Little-Leaguers in the championship game of the Little League World Series.

Inside and out, they had their eyes glued to the seven screens throughout Big City Diner in Waipio. Early on, hopes were high that a team from Hawaii would represent the United States in the Little League World Series.

"I believe that they'll get there, all the way," said Waianae Resident Mohala Nunies.

Optimism turned to disappointment though, as Waipio saw their one run lead disappear. Then, down 5-to-1 in the final inning, Waipio began their incredible comeback. It was a change from sad to glad as patrons and employees watched their team beat the odds.

"Just trying to keep hope alive you know, keep the faith, you know, it's great to see a win," said Big City Diner's Reid Park.

"It makes us all here in Hawaii all proud of them, their accomplishment, their achievement, we're all here supporting and encouraging them, all the way through," said Nunies.

Some were not surprised that another team from Hawaii is just one win away from a Little League title. The Ewa Beach team last did that in 2005.

"It's like the 2nd time for them, so obviously they have good coaching over here and good baseball players," said Mililani Resident Jim Close.

"They're definitely representing a small island in a big way and they're leaving a big impact for us, and this the start of many more to come," said Nunies.

Proudly representing their city, state and on Sunday, their country.

Waipio will face a team from Mexico. Win or lose the folks at Big City Diner are planning a big party for the team when they return.