Welcome to the Hawaii State AJA Baseball Association website as AJA Baseball in Hawaii begins its 110th year of play in 2014-15.
New seasons of AJA Baseball in Hawaii begins in December. The Big Island, Maui, Oahu and Kauai will each crown its own island’s 2014-15 regular season champion who will then compete in the 80th State of Hawaii AJA Baseball Championship Tournament on April 4 – 5, 2015 on Maui, hosted by the Maui AJA Baseball League.
Formed in 1930 for the purpose of unifying the AJA Baseball leagues throughout Hawaii to determine a State Champion, the Hawaii State AJA Baseball Association continues to crown a State Champion every year since 1930 till the present, except for five years (1942-47) during World War II. The Hanapepe Rivermen of Kauai is the reigning Champion, it’s first since 1982 and it’s 5th overall.
Kauai AJA Baseball League
will commence its 85th season on Sunday December 21, 2014 at the Vidinha Stadium with the Opening ceremony at 11:15am and games at 9am, 11:45am and 2pm. Games thereafter fall on Sunday with doubleheaders at Vidinha Stadium or Hanapepe Stadium at 10am and 1pm & a single game at 11am. Playoffs start on March 8, 2015 with the Champion crowned on March 22, 2015.
There will again be six teams comprising the league and vying for the championship and opportunity to visit Maui for the State Championship Tournament. Led by Brandon Hew, last year’s State Championship Tournament all everything winner (Most Outstanding Player, Batting Champion, Most RBI), the Hanapepe Rivermen with managers Leroy & Wendell Nonaka return to defend its championship. The Makaweli Indians with managers Mel Nishihara & Russell Nakata will be led by pitcher Jason Nakata who pitched Kauai into last year’s State Championship game by throwing a complete game against the Big Island. Mikey Cardinez, who pitched a dramatic complete game and was the winning pitcher against Oahu in last year’s State Championship game, returns for the Kapaa Homesteaders and manager Ikaika Pezario. The Kalaheo Farmers and manager Peter Ishibashi, the Waimea Tsunami and managers Garrett Agena and Bruce Hiraoka and the Lihue Townies and manager Curtis Matsumura return.
The Kauai Association will again be led by President Tom Shigemoto, 1st Vice-President Brian Yamase, 2nd Vice-President & League Manager Mel Nishihara, Treasurer Russell Maeda, and Secretary Gerald Ako. Kauai AJA Baseball honors the tradition of a league played by our great-grandfathers, grandfathers and fathers & encourages and welcomes all fans and supporters to attend games.
Submitted by Tom Shigemoto, Kauai AJA Baseball Association President.
Hawaii AJA Memorial Baseball League
The Hawaii AJA Memorial Baseball League opens the season on Sunday, December 7, at 10 am followed by the traditional opening ceremony and the second game of the doubleheader will follow. The league will play a doubleheader each Sunday until March at Wong Stadium. The three team league consists of the defending champions Keaukaha Warriors managed by Bo Saiki with Keith Aoki and Dino Canda serving as coaches. Other teams are the Waiakea Pirates managed by Bryce Onaga with Rory Inouye serving as a coach and the Corsairs managed by Hito Oshiro assisted by coach Dennis Sagawa. The two top teams will battle for the overall league championship after the regular season. The champions augmented by top league players will represent the Hawaii AJA Memorial Baseball League at the State Championship Tournament in April 2015, hosted by the Maui AJA League.
Officers are as follows: Royden Okunami, President; Jimmy Miyake, 1st Vice-President and League Manager; Wally Oki, 2nd Vice-President; Sadao Aoki, Secretary; Charles Takahashi, Treasurer. Directors and Board Members: Karen Chaves, Score Keeper; Curtis Chong, Publicity; Warren Miyasaki, Umpire Liaison; Randy Hirokawa, Announcer; Rodney Sakamoto, Statistician: Lenore Van-Gieson Serrao and Debbie Ota Score Board; Russell Arikawa, Harry Suzuki and Glenn Uekawa.
Submitted by Royden Okunami, Hawaii AJA Memorial Baseball League President.
Maui AJA Baseball League
has strengthened and solidified the league by installing a Board of Director’s to handle regular league functions. Leading Maui AJA will be Board Chairman and Asahi’s Manager Dean Yamashita who will be assisted by League Manager Eddie Espiritu. Board members are Happy Hour’s Ikaika Lau Hee, Daimyo’s Chase Corniel, and Maui A’s Wesson Furomoto.
Our four team league begins play on January 4, 2015 with two games at the Maui High School baseball field in Kahului. Beginning January 18 the games will be moved to Iron Maehara Stadium in Wailuku with two games on Sunday and single games on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Sunday games are scheduled for 10am and 12:30pm while weekday games will start at 6:30pm. All games are seven innings with an eight run “Mercy Rule.”
Maui AJA is also looking forward to hosting the 2015 State AJA Baseball Tournament scheduled for April 4-5, 2015 in Wailuku. As we get closer to the date, more information will be provided.
If on Maui, come join us at the ball games!
Submitted by Eddie Espiritu, Maui AJA Baseball League Manager.
Oahu AJA Baseball Association
which began play in 1924, opens its 87th season on Sunday December 14, 2014 with a doubleheader at Hans L’Orange Park, starting at 10am. The 16 game regular season features games played on Sundays and weeknights at Hans L’Orange field in Waipahu and the Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio. The six team double elimination Championship Tournament is scheduled to begin March 1 and culminate with the League champion being crowned on March 9.
Defending League champion Waipahu, led by manager Blane Muraoka, returns a strong core of veteran players led by former three time Most Valuable Player (2009, 2010, 2011) and League Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player Shaun Kiriu; Most Valuable Player & Most Homeruns leader & All Star Chevas Numata, Most RBI leader & All Star catcher Zach Kometani, Most Inspirational Player Nelson Inabata, and Moku Paiva (AJA career Home Run leader).
Pearl City, 2nd place finisher in the Oahu playoff tournament, is led by manager Darryl Nitta as it tries to win its first Oahu Championship since 1981. Batting Champion & All Star 1st Base Kip Matsuda, former Mid-Pac and Long Beach star, returns along with All Star Outfielder Chris Goya to lead PC. Two time Most Valuable Player Sean Yamashita and old timer Daven Hermosura, former UH pitchers lead its staff.
Waialae, managed once again by Karl Sadanaga and Kenny Nakamoto, returns many members from their championship squad of a few years ago. All Star Outfielder Davin Morita, Stolen Base leader David Chu and veterans Kevin Higa and the Mols brothers will try to lead Waialae back to its glory days.
McCully’s co-managers Steve Otani and Kyle Higuchi returns with All Star and Lowest ERA pitcher Nolan Kometani, veterans 3rd baseman Colby Ho, Duane Ito, Mason Suga, Gainor Nitta and the Uehara brothers (Scott, Andy, John). Former UH pitcher/outfielder Harrison Kuroda, workhorse Alvin Estes and veteran Jim Okano will assist Kometani.
Mililani for the first time in recent memory, advanced to last year’s Oahu Championship playoff with its 5th place finish during the regular season. New manager Chad “Moonie” Uyehara looks to continue Mililani’s run to continued playoff experience with perennial All Star outfielder Waylen Sing Chow, and its new youngster core.
Long-time manager Fred Higa, returns to run Ewa on the field. He looks to All Star pitcher with Most Wins and Most Strikeouts Ryne Miyamoto, All Star 3rd baseman Brad Taura, All Star 2nd baseman Reid Goto and AJA career stolen base champion Devin Oshiro and veterans Colby Kagawa, Ryan Tanabe, Brandon Tanaka, Brandon Yamamoto, Lorin Nakagawa & former Championship Tournament Most Outstanding Player pitcher Adam Inaba & veteran Brandon Kameoka to lead Ewa back to the top.
New co-managers/players Doug Shimokawa & Reid “Diesel” Matsushima look to return Sheridan back to the playoffs after missing out last year. Veterans Kevin Matsumoto, Jason Takamoto & defensive wizard Bryce Uegawachi and former All Star Reid Nomura will return.
Manoa with new manager Ray Sakurai, looks to All Star Shortstop Easton Torigoe, veteran pitcher Eric Lum and son Jonny Sakurai to lead its rebuilding effort.
Kaneohe, rebuilding with youth and the energy of Kaneohe old-time coaches Sheldon Murata, Clint Takekawa & Jeff Akamine, lead a young squad of Kaneohe natives.
The Executive Board uses its 300+ years of AJA baseball experience to guide the league. Led by President Wally Izumigawa, League Manager Glen Higa, returning Board members Eddie Hayashi (60 years of AJA baseball experience starting as a batboy in the 1960s), Tom Ishigo (40+ years in AJA baseball), Treasurer Randy Inaba, former UH and Sheridan All Star ballplayer, Ken Takata (92 years young), Bert Yasui and Wendell Koga, Board members since 1970s, the Executive Board welcomes all fans & supporters to attend games and cheer on its players.
In addition, the League receives tremendous assistance from others such as Colin Tanabe, who takes care of Hans L’Orange, Syndy Shimai & Al Ishimitsu, who score keep for numerous games, and the Rainbow Umpire Hui, who provide the umpires for our approximately 100 league games.
Submitted by Wally Izumigawa, Oahu AJA Baseball Association President.
Each island’s league has pages. Each game’s line scores/game reports are posted for each island’s League as available. Schedules, Standings and Statistics for each island are on each Island’s Schedule, Standings & Stats pages. Photos are viewable on Facebook via the Facebook link. Information such as statistics & rosters for each team are available on individual team pages. Individual player Statistics since 1984 are available on the History page. Single Season Award Winners, All Stars by season, Career Leaders by Statistical category are soon to come.
Please come out to the ballpark and enjoy AJA baseball at its finest.