Pearl City returns to Senior League final
Pearl City advanced to the Senior League World Series championship game with a 7-3 win over Bloomfield, N.J., yesterday in Bangor, Maine.
Pearl City plays Paraguana (Venezuela) for the title today at 8:30 a.m. Hawaii time. Paraguana defeated York County (Va.) 11-1 in yesterday's second semifinal game.
Today's game will be Pearl City's second consecutive appearance in the Senior League final. The team lost to Iowa in last year's championship game.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning yesterday, Pearl City (5-0) rallied for four runs in the third inning to take the lead and added three more in the fourth inning.
Pearl City catcher Carlton Tanabe went 2-for-4 with an RBI and first-baseman Bryson Nakamura went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple in the third inning. Jason Rasa pitched a complete game and struck out five to earn the win.
» Hilo rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat Satsuma, Ala., 7-3 yesterday and will face Bryant, Ark., today for the U.S. Championship at the Cal Ripken (ages 11-12) World Series in Aberdeen, Md.
The game is scheduled for 12:35 p.m. Hawaii time and will be televised on OLN. Mexico plays the Dominican Republic in the International championship. Today's winners meet for the championship tomorrow.
After Alabama scored three runs in the top of the first inning yesterday, Hilo answered with a single run in the bottom of the inning and took the lead with a three-run rally in the fourth.
Kawika Pruett pitched five innings of scoreless relief to pick up the win. Pruett struck out nine and gave up just one hit. Ekolu Martins closed out the win.
The duo also paced Hilo at the plate, going a combined 4-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Pruett had a double and a triple. Jordan Jinbo drove in two runs.
» Pearl City's bid for the Junior League World Series title ended yesterday with a 4-0 loss to El Campo, Texas, in the semifinals yesterday in Taylor, Mich.
Landon Appling went 2-for-2 with a homer and a double as El Campo captured the U.S. title and will face International champion Mexico for the World Series crown today. Pearl City plays Venezuela in the third-place game.
El Campo held Pearl City to four hits yesterday. Kala Neal went 2-for-3, and Kahana Neal doubled for Pearl City.
Arnoult-Ritthaler headed to U.S. Open
Maui's Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler, ranked No. 12 in women's wheelchair tennis, will be competing in next month's U.S. Open Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Flushing, N.Y.
Arnoult-Ritthaler is one of the top 16 international players -- eight women and eight men -- in the Sept. 7-10 event at the USTA National Center. Play is in both men's and women's singles and doubles.
Arnoult and Kaitlyn Verfuerth, ranked 20th, are the only American women in the event. The total purse is $50,000.