No team at the Little League World Series came close to Hawai’i for a week and a half. Sunday’s championship game wasn’t any different.
With its fourth Little League World Series victory, Hawai’i ends an impressive run
At the Little League World Series championship on Sunday, Hawai’i defeated Curacao 13-3 in just four innings thanks to back-to-back home runs from Kekoa Payanal and Kama Angell in the first inning. This is Hawai’i’s fourth LLWS championship. When overseas teams were unable to compete due to COVID-19 travel limitations, the Honolulu team that won in 2018 also finished third the previous year.
Hawaii: how good was it? The closest margin in six games, all triumphs, was four runs. Hawaii defeated its rivals 60-5. “Gerald Oda, manager of Hawaii, remarked, “We’re fortunate that everything came together at the perfect time. “I’m really happy that these youngsters were so carefree and laid back.
Oda, who missed several games with COVID-19, participated in part of that run without them. Oda was also in charge of Hawaii’s 2018 squad. “I assumed my next visit to Williamsport would be as a spectator after 2018,” he remarked. “In my wildest fantasies, I never imagined that I would be back in 2022 and leading a squad.
Jaron Lancaster, the starting pitcher for Hawai’i, was outstanding once more, going full four innings while giving up just three runs, three hits, and 10 Curacao hitters. “I had a feeling Curacao would make a fantastic team, Jaron stated. “My approach was to go out there, give it my all, and do what I do best.
My offense and defense have my back, I am confident. James Lancaster, Jaron’s father, claimed that the effort put into winning the title was worthwhile. “It’s been a difficult journey,” remarked Lancaster, whose family lives 4,800 miles away from Pennsylvania’s capital.
“We haven’t visited our house in over a month. Davey-Jay Rijke started the game with what appeared to be a bloop single, but he raced to second while neither middle infielder was covering that bag, giving Curacao its first lead over Hawaii in the tournament. On a wayward pitch, Davey-Jay eventually turned around to score.
“Someone will score sooner or later, according to Oda. “We advised our children to continue fighting. The day is going to be fantastic. Hawai’i only fell behind for a short while. Kekoa’s leadoff home run to left field and Kama’s blast to center that just cleared the wall energized the Hawai’i side and gave the West Region team a 2-1 lead. It also chased Shemar Jacobus, the starter for Curacao. “It’s significant whenever someone can score a run,”
Oda added. “The entire team becomes ecstatic and cheers when someone hits a home run. Isaiah Wong was brought home by Kama’s single down the left-field line in the fourth inning to put an end to the contest and give Hawaii another championship. A team is declared the winner in Little League if, after four innings, it is ahead by 10 runs or more.
“I saw Coach send in Ruston [Hiyoto] when I saw the ball go down,” the Kama claimed. “I felt a lot of emotion. I had the best time of my life during that time. Curacao currently holds one title, which was awarded in 2004. However, the team from a tiny Caribbean island—about the size of Springfield, Massachusetts—made it to the final both this year and in 2019.
“The Curacao squad, led by manager Zaino Everett, won five elimination games to advance to the championship game. “We are the second-ranked squad in the world and a champion. Nobody anticipated our presence. The Hawai’i players celebrated their victory after the trophy presentation and news conference ended and most of the spectators had left, exactly like a group of 10- to 12-year-old lads would. On cardboard sheets, they began to slide down the steep hill behind Lamade Stadium.
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