2015 Makahiki Hou Classic – Mustang Championships & 2015 Makahiki Hou PINTO Classic
As our final weekend was upon us, the focus shifted to the younger keiki as the Pintos and Mustangs took to the field! We also had our younger Bronco team and Pony team playing on the Victor Pony field as they get ready in some goodwill games for the upcoming season! The weather was awesome as our own Hui ‘Aumākua Pintos, fresh off their awesome run through the St. Louis Tournament on O’ahu came out and started off the weekend with a bang as they took to the diamond on our very own Dreams Park! This year, we put up our own fence at 160’ and dressed up the field with banners and made it exciting for all the keiki!
The Mustang Division took off in the morning as games became more intense as winners advance closer to the championship game on Sunday! Our young Broncos played a good game against Lincoln Wreckers as they work their way to regular season form! Saturday was in the books and what a day it was! We had a great crowd, with great food and great games in anticipation for the championships on Sunday!
Rain was in the forecast as Sunday was upon us, and sure enough, RAIN! With the many great hands that Hui ‘Aumākua has, the games went on except the goodwill games on the Pony field! Between sponging, raking and more sponging and raking, we manage to make it a successful Sunday! In the Mustang Division, we managed to play the 3rd place game and Championship! By tournament rules, the 3rd place game was a forfeit and Andrews Braves got the win. However, we replaced Lil’ Soljahs with Keaukaha, and Keaukaha battled Andrews to an extra-inning tie, 8-8! What a game! That set the tone for the championship game between our own, Hui ‘Aumākua and RBI! The crowd was ready, the field was dry and the teams were ready for battle! RBI came out tough, scoring 3 runs in the top of the first, but answering right back was Da Hui scoring 3 of their own! Hui ‘Aumākua’s defense settled down and their bats were just too much as they built a 10-4 lead in the 4th when the rain came again! Because it was considered a complete game, the umpire called the game and Hui ‘Aumākua took the trophy home! Good job Boys!
In the Pinto Division, Hui ‘Aumākua was sitting and waiting to see who their opponent was going to be in the Finals! Eventually the rain let up and Team Elite prevailed in the semi’s over Lincoln Wreckers and was ready to do battle with DA Hui! In the championship game, Hui ‘Aumākua’s defense was stifling, as they never looked back in the Hilo Rain and brought home the trophy, 27-0! Way to go boys and coaches! Focus on the task and let’s keep the train moving!
What a way to start off the 2015 year gang! We planned, we worked and we played! Mahalo to all the hands that made all of this possible! Thank you to all the participants and good luck in your upcoming seasons! Thank you to my wife (Kimberly), for all of the behind the scenes work you do, none of this is possible without you! Thank you Board of Directors (Grant, Stan, Keaka & Clemente) and Hui ‘Aumākua leaders for all that you do! Thank you Solomon and Lily Malani for your endless support! Thank you coaches & team moms for the endless hours! Thank you Silent Boosters, you know who you are!
Keiki, keep striving for perfection on and off the field! Families, you know my motto, “Great Families make Great Organizations!” Remember our Core Values Hui ‘Aumākua faithful, LOYALTY, COMMITMENT, DEDICATION! Just remember, there are no individuals in Hui ‘Aumākua! We all represent all of our teams from top to bottom. Good Luck to all of our teams for the upcoming 2015 season. We are proud of each and every one of you and let’s enjoy the ride! And last but not least, thank you Ke Akua for blessing us with the opportunity to give back to our ‘Ohana and Keiki through this great game of Baseball!
Mahalo Nui, Coach Shon Malani