Hawaii Beat
Star-Bulletin staff and wire reports

Saturday, August 20, 2005

2 Hawaii teams in youth baseball finals

Pearl City will play for the Senior League (ages 15-16) World Series championship today after defeating Freehold Township (N.J.) 4-3 in a semifinal game yesterday in Bangor, Maine.

Pearl City, the lone undefeated team in the tournament, faces Urbandale (Iowa) in the tournament final at 8:30 a.m. Hawaii time.

Pearl City (5-0) overcame a 3-0 deficit to advance to the final. Jason Rasa tossed a complete game and drove in a run in Pearl City's three-run rally in the bottom of the third. Rorry Nakayama drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth.

Freehold Township put a runner on second base each of the final four innings and had the tying run at third with two out in the seventh. But Rasa managed to protect the lead.

» Oahu will try to become the fourth Hawaii team to win the Babe Ruth (ages 13-15) World Series when it plays Jefferson Parish East (La.) in the championship today in Abbeville, La.

Paul Snieder homered and earned the win on the mound in Oahu's 12-4 semifinal win over Syracuse (N.Y.) yesterday. Hawaii scored eight runs in the bottom of the first inning to take control of the contest. Harrison Ishida was 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs.

» Pearl City lost to Tarpon Springs (Florida) 7-6 in the United States championship game in the Junior League (ages 13-14) World Series in Taylor, Mich.

Tarpon Springs defeated Pearl City twice in two days to reach the final. Tarpon Springs plays Curundu (Panama) for the World Series title today.

» Oahu scored six runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on for a 6-3 win over Bronx (N.Y.) in the quarterfinals of the Cal Ripken (12 and under) World Series in Aberdeen, Md.

Kewby Meyer and Kash Kalohelani had RBI triples in the first. Kalani Lagoc-Crawford picked up the win for Oahu.

McLachlin earns Gateway Tour win

Punahou product Parker McLachlin birdied the final hole at Atla Mesa Country Club yesterday for a one-stroke victory over Scott Harrington in the Grey Goose Gateway Tour Desert Summer Series 10th event at Mesa, Ariz.

Turning in a second consecutive bogey-free round, McLachlin finished with six birdies, including three on the last seven holes for a 66--265. He had just one bogey in four rounds, finishing 22 under par, en route to earning $20,000.

Harrington, who led for the first three rounds, shot a 66--266. He and McLachlin were tied after 17 but Harrington parred No. 18 to finish second.

Kono wins in Germany

Honolulu's Stephanie Kono shot a final-round 78--219 to win the Harder Junior German Masters Thursday in Heddesheim, Germany.

The incoming sophomore at Punahou, the only American in the field, won by four shots over Denmark's Maj Schodt and Andrea Wittek of Germany.

The victory capped a year which saw the 15-year-old Kono also win the Interscholastic League of Honolulu title and the Westfield Junior PGA Championship.

See line scores and results in the [ Scoreboard ] section.

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