Game 17
0 vs. Northwest 10

Monday, August 22, 2005
3:00PM ET
Lamade Stadium

Hawaiian Punch
Northwest champs put up 10-spot to down Maitland

By Nick Williams

After what Hawaii coach Layton Aliviado revealed following his team’s 10-0 rout over Maitland, Florida, it’s easy to see why his team has scored a total of 27 runs in their three pool play games.

They may have help from above.

“We bless our bats,” Aliviado said. “We put all the bats together in the middle and say a prayer. It’s working for us. Maybe the man upstairs is helping us.”

It was those hallowed bats that knocked in seven two-out RBI to help put up a 10 runs against a previously undefeated Maitland team.

Both teams came into the game with 2-0 records and had already clinched spots in the semifinals.

“We didn’t tell the kids we were in [the semifinals] regardless,” said Maitland skipper Sid Cash. “But that stuff gets around. I think we played like a team that knew we were in regardless.”

“In tournaments we go hard all the way,” Aliviado said about his team’s relentless attack. “If we can jump on the opponent, we feel a little bit more comfortable because we got the lead. We can relax and focus.”

Hawaii didn’t wait long to pounce on Maitland starter Mike Tomlinson

Layson Aliviado led things off by drawing a walk. Two outs later, Sheyne Baniaga stroked the first pitch he saw from Tomlinson out of the ballpark and off the chain link fence beyond the bullpen in left-centerfield.

In the third, Tomlinson surrendered a single to Aliviado, and then hit Kini Enos with a 3-2 pitch to put two on with nobody out.

The next batter, starting pitcher Alaka’i Aglipay, hammered the ball to right field. The ball hit off Chris Miller’s glove and fell to the grass, but the outfielder quickly recovered and hit cutoff man Dante Bichette, who alertly fired to third to get Aliviado, who had to wait and see if the ball would be caught before leaving second.

After Baniaga popped out to third for the second out, Hawaii once again needed a big two-out hit to cash in on the scoring chance.

Catcher Michael Memea delivered that big hit when he used his blessed bat to swat a high fly ball that just cleared the left field wall and the glove of Maitland leftfielder Eddie Abramson for a three-run homer.

“I thought it was going to get caught,” Memea said.

Quentin Guevara added another run with an RBI single that brought in Von Fe’ao (double) from second, capping the four-run inning and upping the score to 6-0 in favor of Hawaii.

Some of the Hawaii players might have tossed a couple gloves into the pile of bats before today’s game, because their gloves were just as deified.

The Northwest champs turned three double plays, extinguishing any trouble Aglipay got into. And he didn’t get into much. Aglipay surrendered only four hits and three walks, striking out seven on his way to a complete-game shutout.

“It feels comfortable knowing that your defense can back you up,” Aglipay said.

“We hit the ball hard, we jus hit it at people,” Cash said. “They got three double plays. Three double plays is very unusual in Little League.”

In the fifth, Hawaii decided not to wait until their last out to do some damage.

Aglipay led off the inning with a double and scored a batter later on Memea’s double and fourth RBI of the game. Memea stole third on the fourth ball of Fe’ao’s walk, putting runners at the corners.

With Guevara at the plate, Fe’ao took off for second. Bichette cut off catcher Kyle Hamner’s throw and gunned it home to try and get a streaking Memea, who broke for home after Fe’ao drew the throw to second. Memea slid in safely under the tag of Hamner, completing the double steal and giving Hawaii an 8-0 lead.

After a strikeout to Guevara, Ty Tirpak flashed the divinity of his bat by stroking a base hit to bring in Fe’ao for the ninth run of the game and the seventh two-out RBI.

“Whatever chance we get to score, we just go hard,” coach Aliviado said. “We try to counter on every opportunity we get.”

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