Hawaii wins Little League title beating Curacao 13-3

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Hawaii got back-to-back homers from Kekoa Payanal and Kama Angell in the first inning, sparking a 13-3 win in just four innings on Sunday against Curacao in the World Series Championship from Petite League. .

The LLWS title is Hawaii’s fourth. He won in 2018 and that same Honolulu team finished third last year, when COVID-19 travel restrictions prevented international teams from participating.

Hawaiian starter Jaron Lancaster was dominant again pitching all four innings, while allowing just three runs, three hits and striking out 10 Curacao batters.

Curacao took the first lead of any team over Hawaii in the tournament when Davey Jay-Rijke started the game with what looked like a simple bloop, but dropped to second when no center fielder was covering this bag. Davey-Jay finally came to score on a wild pitch.

But Hawaii only dragged on for a few minutes. A home run from first batter Kekoa to left field and a shot from Kama that barely went over the wall in the center revived the Hawaii team and put the West Region team in the lead 2-1 . He also chased Curacao starter Shemar Jacobus.

The game ended in the fourth inning when Kama hit a single down the left field line that scored Esaiah Wong to pick up the win and another championship for Hawaii.

Under Little League rules, a team wins if they lead by 10 or more runs after four innings.

Hawaii outshot its opponents during the tournament by 55 points and part of that was without manager Gerald Oda, who missed multiple games with COVID-19.

Curacao sits one title away, which came back in 2004. But the team from a small Caribbean island with a population about the size of Springfield, Massachusetts, reached the final in 2019 as well as this year.

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Jake Starr is a Penn State journalism student.

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