Youth roundup: Grace no-hitter silver lining for Gold Coast


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 west side 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.

Keaukaha second at AAU tournament

Keaukaha took third place in the silver bracket Sunday and finished with a 3-2 record at the AAU Jam on It West Coast National Championships in Las Vegas.

Before travelling to Las Vegas, Keaukaha went 5-1 in Seattle at the Midsummer Night Madness basketball tournament.

Coach Ben Pana said the primary goals of the girls basketball team’s mainland trip were to increase their level of competition and gain exposure to college coaches.

“We met both of those goals,” Pana said. “And the girls got to see what college life was all about.”

As expected, Hilo High junior Alexis Pana got her share of attention from scouts, but Ben Pana was pleased Sharlei Graham-Bernisto, Shalyn Guthier and Chailey Cabalis gained notice as well.

“They mentioned Sharlei’s pressure defense, Chailey’s speed and Shalyn’s strength,” he said.

By Stephens Media Sources