West Oahu routs Council Rock-Newtown in opener
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Alaka'i Aglipay and Michael Memea each homered and scored twice to stake West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, to a big early lead and a 7-1 win over Council Rock-Newtown of Newtown, Pa., in the opening game Friday of the Little League World Series.
Aglipay's first-inning homer with a runner on first base just cleared the left-field foul pole to give West Oahu (1-0), the Northwest region champs, a 2-0 lead. Three batters later, Vonn Fa'eo followed with another two-run homer to left off Council Rock-Newtown starter Keith Terry, Jr.
West Oahu extended its lead to 7-1 after Memea's three-run homer to center field in the third.
Council Rock-Newtown (0-1) struggled at the plate, managing four hits off West Oahu. Daniel Denton scored the only run for Council Rock-Newtown, the Mid-Atlantic champs, with a second-inning homer.
Shortstop Ryan Hartley, son of Council Rock-Newtown manager Bill Hartley, injured a knuckle on his right hand after being hit by a pitch while attempting to bunt and had to be removed from the game.
Aglipay, who pitched a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts to help West Oahu win the regional championship, was pulled after the first inning.
Council Rock-Newtown's best chance to rally came in the fifth inning, but Michael Tentilucci was thrown out after taking off from second base on a hard-hit fly ball to left by Blaise Lezynski that resulted in a double play.
West Oahu had outscored its opponents 87-19 coming into the game.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press