Pearl City, Hilo perfect in pool play
Pearl City completed a perfect run through pool play at the Junior League World Series (ages 13-14) in Taylor, Mich., yesterday and plays for the U.S. championship today.
Keanu Sato pitched the first six innings, then came back in the seventh to get the final out in Pearl City's 9-0 win over Glendale, Wis., to close pool play. Christian Perkins went 2-for-2 with a double as Pearl City improved to 4-0.
Pearl City faces Laredo, Texas, for the U.S. title today at 2 p.m., Hawaii time. Pearl City defeated Laredo 3-0 on Wednesday. Pearl City is playing in the U.S. final for the fourth straight year, losing in each of its last three appearances.
The U.S. winner faces the winner of the International Championship game between the Philippines and Canada for the World Series title tomorrow.
» Hilo also went 4-0 in pool play at the Senior League (14-16) World Series in Bangor, Maine.
Hilo gave up four runs in the first inning to host Brewer, Maine, yesterday, before rallying for a 6-4 win. Kolten Wong's two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning gave Hilo the lead for good. Eric Hernandez picked up the win with 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Hilo faces Venezuela in a semifinal game today at 5:30 a.m. Hawaii time. Georgia plays Texas in the other semifinal with the winners meeting tomorrow for the championship.
MMA rivals join forces
Few thought the day would come when Rumble World Entertainment and Icon Sport produced a mixed martial arts show together.
When: Sept. 15
Where: Blaisdell Arena, 3 p.m.
Main event: Murilo "Ninja" Rua vs. "Ruthless" Robbie Lawler
"Even six months ago if somebody said you'd be working with Rumble World we all would have laughed about it," Icon Sport's T. Jay Thompson said.
The longtime rivals have joined forces with Live Events president Gary Shaw and ProElite.com to produce EliteXC: Uprising, Sept. 15 at the Blaisdell Arena.
The card features 11 fights. Five bouts will be shown live on Showtime, while the other six will be broadcast live on the Internet at www.ProElite.com.
Stanley helps U.S. beat Argentina
Former Hawaii opposite Clay Stanley scored 13 points in the U.S. National Volleyball Team's 25-20, 25-14, 25-19 win over Argentina in the America's Cup in Manaus, Brazil, yesterday.
Stanley had 10 kills, two blocks and an ace.
He had 17 kills and two blocks in a 25-18, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23 win over Canada on Wednesday.
» The U.S. Boys' Youth National Team, with three players from Hawaii on the roster, swept China 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 yesterday in the FIVB Boys' Youth World Championship at the Gimnasio de Usos Multiples in Tijuana, Mexico.
Brad Lawson (Iolani '08) had nine kills and three blocks. Libero Erik Shoji (Punahou '08) had a team-high five digs. Tri Bourne (Academy of the Pacific '07) came off the bench in all three games.
The team opened the tournament with a 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20 loss to Argentina on Wednesday.
"It is the first time we played in the world championship and I have a great deal of respect for China as well as for Argentina," said coach Tino Reyes, the associate head coach for the Hawaii men's team. "I am very happy with this win and I hope we continue to play this way."
The U.S. faces Russia today.