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Hawaii wins Little League title, beating Curacao 13-3

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii bought back-to-back homers from Kekoa Payanal and Kama Angell within the first inning, sparking a 13-3 win in simply 4 innings Sunday over Curacao within the championship of the Little League World Sequence.

The LLWS title is Hawaii’s fourth. It received in 2018 and this similar Honolulu staff completed third final 12 months, when COVID-19 journey restrictions prevented worldwide groups from taking part.

Hawaii starter Jaron Lancaster was dominant as soon as once more as he threw all 4 innings, whereas solely permitting three runs, three hits and hanging out 10 Curacao hitters.

Curacao took the primary lead of any staff over Hawaii within the event when Davey Jay-Rijke led off the sport with what seemed like a bloop single, however he bolted on to second when neither center infielder have been protecting that bag. Davey-Jay ultimately got here round to attain on a wild pitch.

However Hawaii solely trailed for a couple of minutes. A house run from lead-off hitter Kekoa to left area, and a shot by Kama that hardly cleared the wall in heart, reignited the Hawaii facet and put the staff from the West area up 2-1. It additionally chased Curacao starter Shemar Jacobus.

The sport ended within the fourth inning when Kama hit a single down the left-field line that scored Esaiah Wong to clinch the victory and one other championship for Hawaii.

Below Little League guidelines, a staff wins whether it is main by 10 runs or extra after 4 innings.

Hawaii outscored its opponents over the course of the event by 55 runs and a part of that was was with out supervisor Gerald Oda, who missed a number of video games with COVID-19.

Curacao sits at one title, which got here again in 2004. However the staff from a small Caribbean island with a inhabitants concerning the dimension of Springfield, Massachusetts, made it to the ultimate in 2019 in addition to this 12 months.

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Jake Starr is a Penn State journalism pupil.

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