Monday, July 2, 2001
West OahuWhen a tournament is entitled "Best of the West," it is only fitting that the western most team wins the championship.
Yakima took an early lead,
but the defending champs
came back in the sixth
West Oahu did just that yesterday, edging Yakima, Wash., 2-1 at Aloha Stadium to successfully defend its title in the 19-and-under baseball tournament.
Yakima scored in the third for a 1-0 lead but West Oahu tied it up in the fifth.
The champions broke through with the eventual winning run in the sixth when Chayne Todani led off the inning with a single, went to second on a balk by Yakima pitcher Brandon Gottier and scored on a single over the second baseman's head by Dane Marcouillier.
Yakima went down in order in the seventh against winning pitcher Ricky Bauer. He struck out four and allowed one unearned run in the complete-game victory.
Bauer was named the tourney's outstanding pitcher. Teammates Isaac Omura and Todani shared the co-MVP honors.
Desert Mountain's Travis Kaates was the tournament's leading hitter, going 9-for-12 with a pair of home runs.
Kaates led his team to a third-place finish in a 9-5 win over California's Western Baseball Club.
Leeward defeated Team Hawaii 3-1 for fifth place.