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How Maui Blue reached final day of state Pony tourney
July 10, 2013 - Robert Collias
Although it lost 4-3 earlier today to Hilo to see its summer of baseball end (read the full story in Wednesday's paper), it was a dramatic day for the Maui Blue team — one epic loss followed by a dramatic win — at the state tournament on Monday.
Remember the name Edgar Barclay of Hilo, a boy who just turned 15 and has to be the only rising high school senior in the history of the Hawaii Region Pony (14-year-old age cutoff) Tournament history. He is really, really good.
And remember these Maui names, too.
Nawai Kaupe played her last baseball game today — softball success awaits (no doubt in my mind) at Baldwin High School. Kawena Alo-Kaonohi appears to be one of the next dual-sport standouts for the Bears in baseball and football. Orion Miyasato-Farias was really good when it counted for Maui even though he was clearly not 100 percent health-wise. Kao Mindoro — high school destination still to be decided — was solid all week long, showing off defense that can't be questioned.
Kaipo Paschoal is tall enough to follow in his volleyball parents' footsteps. Micah Jio has a remarkable arm and agility to go along with blazing speed. Kekoa Ostermiller, Kamuela Kaniaupio and all the rest of this team are names y'all will be reading in the next few years on his site and in the sports section, for sure.
Here is the start of my story from Tuesday's paper:
WAILUKU - Just when it appeared Maui's show would finish with a Big Island final act, Orion Miyasato-Farias came though.
Maui Blue, which lost to Hilo earlier Monday in the Pony 14 state baseball tournament, trailed Kona by a run in the bottom of the seventh inning of the night game at Maehara Stadium before Miyasato-Farias doubled to right field to score Kekoa Ostermiller and Kawena Alo-Kaonohi for a 7-6 victory.
"Just put the ball in play, that's all I was thinking," Miyasato-Farias said. "I saw it get over (the second baseman) and it felt good. At least I hit the ball."
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