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Maui is four wins away from world championship

August 12, 2014 - Robert Collias
A quick look at the standings of the Senior League World Series shows that the Central East Maui All-Stars are four wins wins away from a world title.

That quest begins this afternoon at 2 p.m. HST when Maui, the U.S. West regional champion, takes on the Asia-Pacific champions from Saipan.

I lived in Guam from 1987-89 and I can say Saipan, a tiny island near Guam that is the capital of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, can produce baseball players.

Maui (1-1) has two pool-play games left, against Saipan and Thursday against the host team from Bangor, Maine, which improved to 2-0 in Maui's Pool A with a 13-3, six-inning win over Saipan on Monday.

Two wins in those games guarantees Maui a spot in Friday's semifinals, thus four wins needed for a world title, something that would be unprecedented for a Maui County Little League team.

Today's starter on the mound is Kamehameha Maui's Kaimi Gilliland, who has his football coaches waiting on him. The Saipan team held a 3-2 lead going into the sixth inning against Maine, so I don't think it will be easy for Maui in this game.

A win today sends Maui into a day off needing a win Thursday against a host team that is clearly pretty good, especially after six players rejoined the team Monday after playing in an American Legion regional the previous four days.

Maui manager Lee Kashiwamura told me Monday after an 11-0 win over Regina, Saskatchewan, that Nos. 1-2 pitchers Linden Kanamu and Akoni Hamilton-Golis are waiting and would be eligible for the semifinals and final on Friday and Saturday.

We will keep up with all of it right here, so stay tuned.


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