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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Bar set high for Isle youths

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i had a banner youth baseball season last year.

Six Hawai'i teams reached the World Series last July and August, and two of those teams won World Series titles. The six O'ahu teams were believed to be the most Hawai'i teams to reach the World Series in one season.

All had to win state tournaments, then a regional tournament to reach the World Series.

Two Cal Ripken's 12-under and West O'ahu's Little League 11-12 won World Series titles. Three others Mililani PONY 13, Babe Ruth 13-15 and Little League 15-16 lost in the final. Another Little League 13-14 lost in the semifinals.

Here are this season's tournament schedules:

LITTLE LEAGUE

MAJORS (11-12)

State tournament: July 21-24 at Eddie Tam Field, Maui.

Western Regional: Winner advances to tournament, Aug. 4-13, at San Bernardino, Calif.

World Series: Regional winner advances to Little League World Series set for Aug. 18-27 at Williamsport, Pa.

JUNIORS (13-14)

State tournament: July 14-18 at Kapolei High School.

Western Regional: Winner advances to tournament, Aug. 1-10, at Beaverton, Ore.

World Series: Regional champion advances to Junior League World Series set for Aug. 13-19 at Taylor, Mich.

SENIORS (14-16)

State tournament: July 14-19 at Castle High School.

Western Regional: Winner advances to tournament, July 31-Aug. 9, at Salem, Ore.

World Series: Regional winner advances to Senior League Baseball World Series set for Aug. 13-19 at Bangor, Maine.

BIG LEAGUE (16-18)

State tournament: Friday to Sunday at Halawa Field.

Western Regional: Winner advances to tournament, July 20-25, at Port Orchard, Wash.

World Series: Regional winner advances to Big League Baseball World Series set for July 29-Aug. 5 at Easley, S.C.

PONY

PINTO (7-8)

There are no Mainland tournaments for this age group.

MUSTANG (9-10)

State tournament: Wraps up today at Central O'ahu Regional Park.

West Zone Regional: Winner advances to the tournament, July 27-31, at Chino Hills, Calif.

World Series: The Zone winner advances to the World Series, Aug. 2-5, at Irving, Texas.

BRONCO (11-12)

State tournament: Through today at Waimea Athletic Field.

West Zone Regional: Winner advances to tournament, July 27-Aug. 1, at Whittier, Calif.

World Series: Zone winner advances to the World Series, Aug. 3-8, at Monterey, Calif.

PONY (13-UNDER)

State tournament: Wraps up today at Central O'ahu Regional Park.

West Zone Regional: Winner advances to tournament, July 22-26, at Fullerton, Calif.

World Series: Zone winner advances to the World Series, July 27-31, at Chino Hills, Calif.

PONY (13-14)

State tournament: July 7-11 at Central O'ahu Regional Park.

West Zone Regional: Winner advances to regional tournament, Aug. 5-9, at Fullerton, Calif.

World Series: The Zone winner advances to the World Series, Aug. 12-19, at Washington, Pa.

CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH

CAL RIPKEN (10-UNDER)

State tournament: 'Ewa Beach won the title.

Regional: 'Ewa advances to tournament, July 19-26 at Richfield, Utah.

World Series: Regional champion advances to World Series, Aug. 5-12, at Abbeville, La.

CAL RIPKEN (12-UNDER)

State tournament: July 8-9, in Hilo.

Regional: Winner advances to tournament, July 25-31, at Woodland, Calif.

World Series: Regional champion advances to World Series, Aug. 10-18, at Aberdeen, Md.

BABE RUTH (13-15)

State tournament: Hilo won the tournament.

Regional: Hilo advances to tournament, Aug. 2-9, at Reedley, Calif.

World Series: Regional champion advances to World Series, Aug. 18-25, at Clifton Park, N.Y.

BABE RUTH (16-18)

State tournament: Kaua'i won the tournament.

Regional: Kaua'i advances to regional tournament, July 27-Aug. 1, at Alameda, Calif.

World Series: Regional champion advances to World Series, Aug. 11-18, at Newark, Ohio.

AMERICAN LEGION

AMERICAN LEGION (19-UNDER)

State tournament: July 26-30 at Hans L'Orange Park in Waipahu.

Western Regional: Winner advances to tournament at Isotopes Park, Aug. 10-14, at Albuquerque, N.M.

World Series: Regional champion advances to World Series, Aug. 18-22, at Veterans Memorial Stadium at Cedar Rapids, Iowa.