Photo courtesy of Molly Campbell, Bridgewater College/WSTI
WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania- A five-run first inning catapulted Maui, Hawaii to the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series championship game as it eliminated Bay County, Michigan by a final score of 19-3.
In the first inning, Maui got to Bay County starter Dustyn Lucas right away. Maui shortstop Kaipo Haole belted a three-run home run to left field to kick off the scoring. After that, left fielder Hauoli Caliva and first baseman Kevin Varner Jr, contributed RBI singles, giving Maui the 5-0 edge after one. After Varner Jr's RBI single, Lucas would exit the game, allowing five runs, all earned, four hits and two walks in one-third of an inning.
Right back at it was Maui in the second, when catcher Cade Kalehuawehe took Bay County's most reliable pitcher of the tournament Ben Cnudde deep to right field, making it 6-0 Maui.
Maui gained another run off Cnudde, by way of an RBI double by right fielder Konnor Palmeira, making the score 7-0.
Darren LaBean came in relief of Cnudde and on his first pitch, he was taken deep by Caliva for a three-run home run. On the home run, two of the three runs were credited to Cnudde.
Cnudde's book closed after the home run and he finished, allowing four runs, all earned, three hits, two walks and one strikeout in one inning pitched.
Two singles and a walk, still in the second, led to the bases loaded, with three more runs crossing the plate, making it a 13-0 Maui lead after just two innings of play.
Maui relieved Kaeo Kamau after two innings, allowing no runs, two hits, one walk and four strikeouts in two innings.
Bay County pushed one run across Maui reliever Varner Jr, when Luke Stuhr walked with the bases loaded, scoring Carson Kwapiszewski, making the score 13-1.
Maui added six more runs in the fourth inning and Bay County added winning the game 19-1.
The 19 runs scored by Maui, ties for the fifth most runs scored in a single game, with East Cobb ('04), Simi Valley, CA ('06), Levittown ('14) and San Bernardino, CA ('15).
Maui moves on to play Chinese Taipei in the championship game, tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. For Bay County, its run in the 2016 DICK'S Sporting Goods PONY League World Series comes to an end after wins against Washington County, 12-5, Germany, 11-7 and Laredo, 5-1. Bay County's losses came against Laredo, 5-4 and Maui this evening.