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Jul, 2019

Hilo, HI (USA) escape elimination with win over Houston, TX (USA)

The West Zone Champions, Hilo, Hi (USA) defeated Houston, TX (USA) to keep their spot in the 2019 Pony-13 World Series. Hilo exploded for five runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth to escape with the 11-1 victory.

Hilo stormed out of the gates with two quick runs in the first inning. Bubu Kawelu got things going with a double, then Journey Leialoha drew a walk in the next at-bat. 

Kawelu and Leialoha attempted a double-steal, and Houston’s catcher overthrew the throw out to second. The erred throw allowed Kawelu to score, then another bad throw gave Leialoha the passage to home. There was a play at the plate but Leialoha was ruled safe and Hilo took the 2-0 lead after one.

Houston responded in the next half inning, but it was only a single run. Jonathan Neel brought in Darren Dyson for the second inning run. The run put Houston behind 2-1, but Hilo wasn’t done scoring yet.

Hilo went off for five runs in the third inning. Dominic Christensen and Isaiah Justo each brought in a run; Legend Lancaster brought in two. Lancaster later scored on an error and Hilo saw their lead quickly balloon to six at 7-1.

The five run third inning gave Hilo all the breathing room they needed for the rest of the game. Shane Sale-Silva and Christensen both hit RBI doubles in the fourth inning. Justo tripled later on in the inning to bring in Sale-Silva, then Liawai Correa scored on an error.

Correa’s run made it 11-1 heading into the fifth. Houston got nothing going, and the game was called after the fifth due to the mercy rule.

Hilo’s Dominic Christensen went 2-for2 with two RBIs and two runs scored for Hilo. Christensen was one of four Hilo players to score two runs in the ballgame.

Starting pitcher Legend Lancaster had a solid outing for Hilo. Lancaster went four innings, only giving up one hit and striking out four batters.

Next up for Hilo, HI (USA) will be Tijuana (Mexico) at 7 p.m. PT at York Field in Whittier, California. Hilo will once again be playing to escape elimination.


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