After the Honolulu Little League team won the Hawaii State Tournament earlier this summer, the players approached manager Gerald Oda with a question.
The veteran skipper, who coached the last winning team, was quick to slow their roll. “Hey, we haven’t even won regionals yet. Win that, then maybe we can start comparing.”
A couple of weeks later, Honolulu breezed through the West Region Tournament to advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
Again, Oda was noncommittal. “We haven’t won the World Series yet,” he reminded the 11- and 12-year-olds.
On Aug. 28, Honolulu completed its dominant run through the LLWS. The team went 5-0 in the United States bracket before beating international bracket winner Curaçao 13-3 for the world championship.
It may have been the most dominant performance in LLWS history. Honolulu outscored their opponents 60-5 in the six contests. Four of their games ended via “mercy rule,” including the title game. The team only trailed once in the entire tournament — Curaçao led, 1-0 — and that deficit lasted only a half inning.
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