Baldwin’s Kaupe knew this ball was gone

Nawai Kaupe did something she never did before on Wednesday at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Nawai Kaupe and her father Bernard have been talking ball since before Little League glory in 2011. Craig Kojima / Star-Advertiser
Nawai Kaupe and her father Bernard have been talking ball since before Little League glory in 2011. Craig Kojima / Star-Advertiser

When she connected with a fastball from Campbell’s Dani Cervantes,Kaupe didn’t have to wonder if it was going over the fence.

“Yeah, it’s the only pitch I’ve hit that I knew was gone,” she said after the Bears’ valiant comeback in the state quarterfinals fell one run short, 7-6, to the Sabers.


Kaupe’s home run to left field was followed by Lyana Bermudez‘s solo shot that was part of a four-run sixth inning that cut the deficit to 6-4.


In 2011, Kaupe played baseball for the Central East Maui Little League All-Stars team that won the state tournament and went to the regionals in San Bernardino, Calif.


Another Bears player, Lohealani Kamau, was another girl on that Little League team made up of mostly boys.

Baldwin will play either Kamehameha or Kaiser in Thursday’s consolations.

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