Hilo loses opener at state Little League tournament

  • Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald The Hilo All-Stars open play at the state Little League tournament (ages 11-12) on Friday on Maui. On the team are, from left, back row: Logan Doran, Landon Haili, Ghage Daquep, Blayze Leslie, Cameron Mateo, Kendrick-Allen Stevens and Conor Wallace; front row, from left, Zanden Kepaa, Brock Ayudan, Jesse Inouye, Knox Marzo, John Branco and Josiah Nihoa.

The Hilo 12s All-Stars dropped their opening game at the state Little League tournament on Friday, 4-3 to Honolulu in Kihei, Maui.

Logan Doran produced two of Hilo’s three hits, finishing with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Hilo fell behind 4-1 before scoring two runs in the fifth but wasn’t able to plate the tying run.

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“Back and forth battle,” coach Earl Moses said.

Hilo will play Pearl City, Oahu, on Saturday in an elimination game. Earlier on Friday, Kauai edged Pearl City 2-1.

Connor Wallace pitched three innings for Hilo, allowing two runs and two hits with a walk and strikeout. Blayze Leslie worked the final two innings.

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Honolulu’s Eli Iopa struck out seven in four innings of one-hit ball and came through with two hits at the plate.

On Saturday, Honolulu will play Maui in the five-team, double-elimination tournament.

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