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The Central East Maui Little League Intermediate 50/70 team poses with their banner after winning the West Regionals in Nogales, Ariz., on Thursday night. CEM begins play on Sunday at the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif. – Courtesy Photo

The last 48 hours have been a whirlwind for the Central East Maui Little League All-Stars at the intermediate level.

A team of 13 players from four different Maui schools won the Little League Intermediate (12-13) 50/70 West Regional in Nogales, Ariz., Thursday night. They defeated the Laguna Beach Little League, Southern California champions 12-8 in the title game.

Soon after, the boys of Maui were being paraded around the US-Mexico border town by police escorts as regional champions. On Friday, he checked in at his hotel in Livermore, Calif., for the 50/70 World Series starting Sunday.

“Oh, it’s one of the best things in my life, you know, the opportunity for these boys,” Maui manager Chris Kish said this via phone on Friday. “We almost didn’t even have a team to put together and participate in the state tournament. It was pretty much the last minute, so when the other coaches and I came in and were able to put the roster together, it was great. Ironic how wonderful this is.

The team consists of players from St. Anthony, Kamehameha Maui, IOO and Maui Wena Intermediate Schools.

“From the first practice all the boys have really synced together,” Kish said. “It’s a wide variety of boys from different teams that have been put together. The potential for talent, it’s really solid.”

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CEMLL took the lead early in the championship game, scoring a run in the first innings on an RBI single by Marcus Mamood. Maui scored six runs in the sixth innings by Malu Rosaga, Isaac Gosselin, Jaden Perry-Waikiki and Mamood at RBI.

Mamoud, Perry-Waikiki, Coltin Sargent, Riley Phillips and Kaniela Belena all delivered two hits to speed up Maui’s 14-hit attack in the final.

The roster is rounded out by Alika Kish, George Dafun, Tevon Kahlewai, Kekoa Browne, Kapono Islay and Nanoa Haban.

Chris Kish is assisted by coaches Koa Brown and Joseph Gosselin.

Maui won the world crown of Intermediate in 2016 and a year later made it to the semi-finals.

Maui begins play in the Intermediate World Series on Sunday at 9 a.m. HST against Toms River (NJ) East, the East Regional Champion.

There are six regional champions from the United States and six international regional champions in the World Series that ends with the World Championship game on August 7 – the game will be broadcast on ESPN 2 at 3 p.m. HST. Most of the other games will be streamed on ESPN+.

Central East Maui’s 50/70 squad join their Senior League counterparts on the World Series stage. CEM Seniors (15-16), who secured their spot on Wednesday, begin play in the first match of the tournament against Fleet Park (VA) at 4 a.m. HST today in the Senior League World Series in Islay, SC.

All SLWS games will be available on ESPN+ except for the final, which will air on ESPN on August 6th at 10AM HST.

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* Robert Collias is at [email protected]

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