Pearl City returns to Senior League series
Pearl City beat Mountain View (Ariz.) 2-0 yesterday in the championship game of the Senior League (ages 15-16) Western Regional in Salem, Ore., to earn a berth in the Senior League World Series.
The world series begins Sunday in Bangor, Maine, with Pearl City taking on Illam Central of the Phillippines, the Asia-Pacific champion, in its opening game.
Rory Nakayama went 2-for-3 and scored one of Pearl City's runs against Arizona. Kurt Poentis scored the other run and pitcher Bryson Nakamura allowed just three hits in the shutout.
Pearl City reached the Senior League World Series last year, advancing to the championship game before falling to Urbandale (Iowa).
» Waipio lost its final game of pool play in the Little League West Regional yesterday, falling to River Park (Fresno, Calif.) 2-1.
The loss dropped Waipio to 2-2, but the team still qualified for tomorrow's semifinal round by securing a spot among the top four in the six-team regional.
River Park (3-0) is the lone undefeated team in the tournament. Ahwatukee American (Ariz.) also advanced by improving to 3-1 with a win last night. Northridge City (Southern California) and Lone Mountain (Nevada) are both 1-2 and play each other today for the last semifinal berth. Utah is 0-3.
Kaneko fourth at U.S. Women's Amateur
Honolulu's Ayaka Kaneko carded her second straight even-par 71 yesterday to finish tied for fourth place in stroke-play qualifying at the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in North Plains, Ore.
Kaneko leads a group of four players with Hawaii ties who qualified for the stroke-play portion of the event, which begins today.
Former Hilo resident Kimberly Kim tied for 20th at 4-over. Honolulu's Stephanie Kono carded a 1-over 72 yesterday to tie for 31st, and Pearl City's Mari Chun shot 8-over 79, and tied for 47th.