Insight, News, and Opinion by Nick Abramo
  • August 17, 2022
WE>ME: Honolulu Little League State Champions Are Headed To San Bernardino For West Regionals

The ultimate goal is to get to South Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the site of the Little League World Series.

But it’s one step at a time for the Honolulu Little League, which beat Kawaihau 10-0 for the Hawaii state title on Saturday.

The mind-set for these boys is one of teamwork as can be noted on the back of the team’s jerseys — “WE>ME.”

HAPPY FACES — Honolulu Little League players celebrate Esiah Wong’s game-winning home run in a 10-0 state championship win over Kawaihau on Saturday on the Garden Island. Check out the names on the back of the uniform: “WE>ME.” (Image credit: Kauai correspondent).

So now, it’s off to San Bernardino, California, for the Aug. 6-12 West Regionals. A win there would put Honolulu into the big show in Pennsylvania, Aug. 17-28.

A Honolulu Little League team won it all at the LLWS in 2018, the third time a team from Hawaii reached that pinnacle.

A home run by Honolulu’s Esaiah Wong finished off Kawaihau in the bottom of the fourth-inning, ending the game at the Baptist Sports Complex in Kapaa on the 10-run rule.
Honolulu pitcher Jaron Lancaster went the distance, holding Kawaihau to just four hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, and he also conked one of his team’s five homers.

Other Honolulu team members are Kekoa Paynal, Kaeo Nouchi, Mikah Noda, Luke Hiromoto, Kama Angell, Ruston Hiyoto, Jonovyn Sniffen, Tau Purcell, Daly Watson, Kobe Hino, Brennan Tomas, Cohen Sakamoto, and coaches Gerald Oda, Keith Oda and Willis Kato.

The Honolulu boys also defeated Kawaihau 8-3 in six innings earlier in the team’s second game of the tournament, and they also beat Hilo 14-4 in the opening game and Maui 9-2 in the third game.

Hawaii’s Little League World Series Teams In LLWS Championship Games
>> 1988: Taiwan 10, Pearl City 0
>> 2005: Ewa Beach 7, Curacao 6 (7 innings)
>> 2008: Waipio 12, Mexico 3
>> 2018: Honolulu 3, South Korea 0

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