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Nanakuli comes up short in Little League West Regional

By Star-Advertiser News Services


Star-Advertiser staff

Nanakuli was in the middle of a rally in today's Little League World Series Western Regional at Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif., when an appeal play at third base cut it short. The result was a 7-5 victory for Northern California and a trip to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Starting pitcher Jaylen Gonzales gave Nanakuli an early 2-0 lead with a two-run homer in the top of the first.

Logan Douglas answered with a two-run homer and Kempton Brandis hit a run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning to give the  Petaluma squad a 3-2 lead.

Two errors in the top of the second allowed Nanakuli to retake the lead at 4-3.

Hawaii loaded the bases with one out in the fourth but Andrew Wright recorded a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning without allowing a run.

Petaluma loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the fourth before Gonzalez recorded his third strikeout of the game.

Brandis followed with an infield single to tie the game at 4-all and end Gonzales' day.

Gonzales allowed seven hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings.

Braedyn Chong, making his third appearance in the regional, replaced Gonzales and threw a wild pitch to allow Northern California to take a 5-4 lead.

Hance Smith added an RBI single to center but Nanakuli catcher Kyler Stephens threw out a runner at third for the second out.

Petaluma ended the inning ahead 7-4 after scoring on a double-steal attempt.

Nanakuli added what it thought was two more runs in the top of the sixth on a misplayed fly ball by the Northern California left fielder. Nanakuli thought the score was 7-6 with a man on second, but an appeal play that the second baserunner missed the third-base bag was upheld and the game was over.

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toau wrote:
who was the third base coach?
on August 11,2012 | 05:47PM
gravyallover wrote:
Congratulations to the Nanakuli kids and coaches......I know I'm proud of your performance and your never quit attitude....someone has to win and someone has to lose, I know lots of couch potatoe coaches are complaining about the game. 1st of all, Nanakuli won the state tournament to represent the state, and then the families and friends that went on the trips to support the kids....big $$$$ Again CONGRATULATIONS
on August 11,2012 | 06:09PM
busterb wrote:
Awesome kids, coaches and parents! Awesome all the way around! Way to bring some more pride to the Westside!
on August 11,2012 | 06:53PM
nels wrote:
Unfortunately Nanakuli deserved to lose because of unsportsmanlike conduct. The home had to warn the couch two times - one for the pitcher's attitude and one for the runner on second stealing signs. I don't blame the kids for this but I do blame the coaches who also showed unsportsmanlike conduct, arguing with the umpire and walking away swearing. The coaches and some of the fans showed no class and I did not want them representing Hawaii on the national stage. Hawaii is about the Aloha Spirit and they showed a total lack of aloha.
on August 11,2012 | 07:16PM
gravyallover wrote:
who is couch.....its coach.....thats the emotions playing....the kids and coaches did a great job,,,representing the state......lots of volunteered time involved in coaching and winning the state tournament in hawaii...i know lots of coaches WISH one day can represent the state...credit is due
on August 11,2012 | 08:53PM
TfizzleBizzle wrote:
major lack of DISCIPLINE starting with the coaches, kids, and even the fans for waving their sovereign flag around like idiots!! they didnt deserve to win, they would have made fools of us here in the 808!! and why did the coaches dress like clowns for the games???? ahhh c'mon!!!
on August 11,2012 | 09:05PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Tough call man. From the camera angle on the news, it looked like his heel touched the edge of the bag. In any case, mahalo Nanakuli. You guys showed an awful lot of class in a heart breaking loss.
on August 11,2012 | 09:40PM
GWIL wrote:
on August 11,2012 | 11:57PM
Ocean wrote:
Awesome game Nanakuli! You should be proud of yourselves making it to San bernadino! Most kids dream of making it there! At least you can say you've been there! Unfortunately it didn't go your way, but keep your heads up! To Chong "your A awesome player" everyone makes errors even the major leagues so don't let anyone tell you otherwise! Your always gonna have people talking some good,some bad, but don't be moved by negativity just stay focused for the love of the game! To the team "Good luck to all of you and continue to do your best" from a parent of the "2005" LLWSC
on August 12,2012 | 11:26PM
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