O'ahu in Series semifinals
Justin Ariki hit a three-run homer to spark a six-run, seventh-inning rally as O'ahu defeated Tallahassee, Fla., 11-8, yesterday in the Babe Ruth World Series (ages 13-15) at Hamilton Township, N.J.
As the top-seeded team in its pool and the only unbeaten team in the tournament, O'ahu (4-0) draws a bye today and advances to tomorrow's semifinals.
O'ahu trailed 7-5 entering the final regularly scheduled inning yesterday. Ariki's homer put O'ahu ahead, 8-7.
Michael Lam batted 3-for-4, and Landon Nakata and Kasey Ko homered for O'ahu.
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West O'ahu wins: After losing three consecutive one-run decisions, West O'ahu scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Eugene, Ore., 4-3, in the Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken World Series (ages 11-12) in Vincennes, Ind.
Michael Sanchez, T.J. Esclito, and Evander Ledward hit consecutive singles to spur the rally.
Winning pitcher Traci Yoshikawa struck out seven and allowed an unearned run in four innings of relief. She also hit a two-run double that tied the score at 2 in the third inning.
Both teams finished round-robin play with 1-3 records.
Winner can't go: Hapuna's Kevin Carll shot a 3-under-par 69 at Ko Olina Golf Club yesterday to capture the $10,000 Aloha Section PGA Assistant Championship.
Carll finished with a two-round total of 141, but will not be eligible for the national championship because he will be moving to Ko'olau Golf Club as a teaching professional.
Waikele's Scott Kaneko (70142) will represent the Aloha Section at the national tournament, Oct. 25-28, in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Flying feats: Local gymnastics clubs will celebrate the third annual National Gymnastics Day with a pair of exhibitions Saturday.
Hawaiian Island Twisters will stage an exhibition at Windward Shopping Mall in Kane'ohe from 1 to 2 p.m.
Pantheon School of Gymnastics is planning an exhibition and a cartwheel-athon at the Prince Kuhio Plaza in Hilo from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.