COVID robs Kaua‘i All Stars Mustang 10U trip to championships | The Garden Island

LIHU‘E — “It is a bum.”

The ones had been the one phrases Kaua‘i All Stars Mustang 10 and beneath boys head trainer Henry Ibia had Tuesday afternoon when the group accumulated for follow on the Lihu‘e County Park Mustang box.

“I simply came upon this morning,” Ibia mentioned. “I’m having a folks assembly afterward in follow. The Offer protection to Our Country’s Early life West Zone Championships for the Mustangs is canceled. We had been going to deliver 3 groups — the Mustangs for adolescence 9 and 10, the Broncos for adolescence 11 and 12, and the PONY group for adolescence 13 and 14. Consistent with what we came upon, all the ones tournaments are canceled, too.”

Previous, a group father or mother, Jolleen “Sweetie” Abreu, mentioned the Kaua‘i All-Celebrity Baseball Group Mustang Department used to be invited to California to the PONY League West Zone Championships that had been scheduled to start out July 22, the group leaving Kaua‘i on July 20.

“This takes position as Hawai‘i used to be beneath strict COVID-19 restrictions,” Abreu mentioned. “The league used to be in a position to offer protection pointers that had been licensed, and allowed the avid gamers to have a a hit baseball season. This chance comes as a marvel to many people with the fast understand for coaching and touring. We’ve got pulled in combination to perform as a lot fundraising as lets in a month’s time.”

Ibia defined that the Kaua‘i All-Stars had been invited to the large video games as a result of now not all the islands had baseball seasons.

“The lads labored truly laborious — particularly the closing two weeks,” Ibia mentioned. “We performed our quick season and shaped the Lihu‘e All-Stars that beat out West Kaua‘i in two out of 3 video games, the place we added a Kalawai participant to the group to earn the island name. As a result of now not all of the islands performed this 12 months, the PONY officers waived the Hawai‘i name and we had been invited not to simply the state name, however to the large sport. If we were given previous the zone, it might’ve been off to Louisiana for the Global Global Sequence.”

Ibia mentioned the cancellation comes following the group’s prepayment for charges.

“That is one thing we wish to paintings on,” he mentioned. “Our fundraising plans are all canceled, with the exception of for Sunday after we spouse with Reel Nauti Kaua‘i to do a meals sales space for the Fishing for Charity match weigh-in reaping rewards the forty second Kaua‘i Charity Stroll at Vidinha Stadium. They have got to have a meals sales space, and I feel our guys can do it.”

Ibia, who coached the group with sons Schyler Arakaki and Hank Ibia, mentioned he had a excellent feeling about those boys.

“They labored truly laborious,” Henry Ibia mentioned. “They might’ve accomplished smartly on the zone, and what a sense to look those boys enjoying within the Global Global Sequence. That is the large sport.”

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