Hawai'i Babe Ruth rolls over Italy, 10-2
Landon Nakata went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs as Hawai'i rolled to its second straight win at the Babe Ruth World Series for 13- to 15-year-olds at Hamilton, N.J., yesterday, beating Italy 10-2.
Michael Lam went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored for Hawai'i, which scored all of its runs in the first four innings.
Shaun Kiriu picked up the win for Hawai'i, throwing four innings of two-hit ball, while striking out four.
In its opening game Saturday, Hawai'i drubbed Iowa City, Iowa, 20-0.
Hawai'i will face Cambridge, Mass., tomorrow at 11:30 a.m., HST.
Kailua man wins golds: Kailua resident Brett Phillips won four gold medals, one silver and one bronze in the United States Masters Swimming long-course national championships held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The event began Thursday and ended yesterday. There were 954 swimmers from around the country entered.
Competing in the 40-44 division, Phillips, 43, broke the world record in the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:18.99. He also won gold in the 800 freestyle (8:50.28), 200 individual medley (2:22:06) and 400 individual medley (5:01.35). His silver medal came in the 200 backstroke (2:27:00) and the bronze in the 200 freestyle (2:03:17).
"I came up here without any great expectations," Phillips said in a telephone interview. "I felt underprepared, and so I'm pretty pleased with the results."
Honolulu resident Ernie Leskovitz, 65, won gold medals in the 65-69 division of the 400 freestyle (5:20.00) and the 200 individual medley (3:15.00).
Diane Stowell, 67, also of Honolulu, captured five silver medals in the 50 (37.12), 100 (1:23.90), 200 (3:03.00), 400 (6:25.00) and 800 (13:30.90) freestyle events.
Big Island preps: Four wins in five preseason games against off-island competition netted Big Island football teams their best collective start in the past 35 years.
Waiakea beat Lahainaluna, 13-7, and Kealakehe stopped Moanalua, 40-15, to establish themselves as leading Big Island Interscholastic Federation contenders. Defending champion Hilo High opens up against Waimea on Kaua'i this Saturday.
In other games, Kohala High crushed Kalani, 35-0; Konawaena turned back Waialua, 31-7, while Lutheran of California downed Hawai'i Preparatory Academy, 28-6.
Metzger, Wong victorious: Hawai'i's Stein Metzger and Kevin Wong upset top-seeded Dax Holdren and Todd Rogers yesterday to win their first domestic title in the men's Michelob Light Open at Santa Barbara, Calif.
The seventh-seeded Metzger and Wong won four straight matches.
In the title match, the duo defeated Holdren and Rogers, 21-14, 21-19, in 41 minutes in the $125,000 Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) Pro Beach Volleyball Tour event.
Metzger and Wong posted an 8-1 mark in the tournament and had to win five straight elimination matches to reach the final two rounds.