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Grace golden at softball regional; four PONY teams to step to plate

Shaylann Grace threw a no-hitter to lead Gold Coast to a 17-0 shutout of Utah’s Enterprise in the Little League Softball West Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., on Tuesday.

The victory evened Gold Coast’s record in pool play at 2-2, but it was not enough to move on to the semifinal round. The team, made up of 9-12-year-olds from the westside of the Big Island, also beat Nevada 15-5 in the tournament, but lost to Southern California (7-5) and Arizona (10-0).

In the win over the Utah team, Grace struck out eight and walked two. She helped her own cause with two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs. Kawai Kauahi-Raquel scored three runs and drove in two in addition to her two hits. Mikayla Kekoa had two hits and two runs scored. Andie Uemura and Trinity Spencer each scored three times in the four-inning rout.

Gold Coast was on the wrong end of a no-hitter in the loss to Arizona’s Gilbert. McKenna Prefach struck out five and walked two Hawaii batters.

Grace had three hits, two runs scored and two RBIs in the victory over Nevada’s Centennial. Kekoa, Kauahi-Raquel and Zavanna Sanchez each had two hits. Kekoa drove in three runs.

Meanwhile, four Big Island PONY League baseball teams are set to begin their eight-team, double-elimination tournaments in California:

Bronco (11-12) West

Zone tournament

Hawaii representative: Hilo All-Stars

Coach: Marvin Min

When: Thursday-Sunday

Where: Whittier, Calif.

The skinny: Hilo, which outscored the opposition 67-9 en route to the state title, faces Chula Vista, Calif., at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Mustang 9s World Series

Hawaii rep: Lil Soljahs

Coach: Kallen Hiraishi

When: Friday-Monday

Where: Walnut, Calif.

The skinny: With players from Kailua-Kona, Kohala and Waimea, Lil Soljahs open play at 1 p.m. Friday against Granada Hills, Calif. Lil Soljahs delivered a rare state title to West Hawaii to advance to the World Series.

Colt (15-16)

West Zone tournament

Hawaii rep: Hilo All-Stars

Coach: Eric Kurosawa

When: Saturday-Tuesday

Where: San Jose, Calif.

The skinny: Hilo takes on San Bruno, Calif., at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Pony (13-14)

West Zone tournament

Hawaii rep: Hilo All-Stars

Coach: Stacey Jarneski

When: July 31-Aug. 3

Where: Whittier, Calif.

The skinny: After claiming the state crown on Maui earlier in the month, Hilo draws a team from Southern California at 2 p.m. July 31 in its opener.


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