Rebels Crowned 2015 State Champions
In the 40th Edition of the Hawaii State Senior Softball Tournament, the Ohana Motors Rebels represented Kauai in B Division, a highly competitive division comprised of two brackets of four teams each. Over the course of two days, the teams within each bracket played one anther in a round-robin format, with the winners of the two brackets facing off to determine the State Champion on Thursday.
The Rebels captured the 2015 Hawaii State Championship in a classic display of “Rebels Softball.” The Rebels put together an impressive string of three wins on 61 hits while scoring 45 runs in sweeping their bracket at the Tourney.
In the Championship Game, Rebels drew the top team from the other “B” bracket – the “Action” squad from Oahu. Action also breezed through their bracket undefeated, setting up a much-anticipated showdown with the hot Rebels. The rebels prevailed 15-11 to capture the prestigious Division B title in only their third year of existence.
For the tournament, the Kauai Division B Champs pounded out 84 hits while scoring 60 runs, virtually identical to their 2015 season averages of 15 runs scored and 8 runs allowed per game.
The trophy and Championship were not the only accolades for the Rebels – the team was announced as the choice of the Tournament umpires for the 2015 tournament “Sportsmanship Award.” The Rebels won over the thousands of fans, the appreciation of the umpires, and the respect of their opponents as they headed home undefeated.
The Rebels were the highest ranked Kauai team to earn a Division Championship – in a tribute to the overall quality of their home island league, teams from Kauai captured 5 of the 8 Divisions in the tournament.
After finishing second and then sharing the title in the first two trips to the State Senior Softball Championships, the Rebels earned their way into the highly respected B Division for the 40th annual version of the State Tournament. With the win over Action, the Rebels finally captured the difficult-to-attain State Championship.
Game 1: Rebels Demolish Oahu’s Fat Cats
The Rebels first opponent of the 2015 State Tournament was Oahu’s Fat Cats, who reached B Division after being edged by one run in the Oahu Championship Game.
The Rebels stunned the Cats by a score of 16 to 4 in a “mercy-rule” shortened six innings to open the tournament. When the red Kona dust settled, the Rebels had pounded out 19 hits in a rout of the first game of a grueling opening day double-header.
Pitcher Gary Yates – who did not walk a batter – took great advantage of 15 infield outs by keeping the ball down and playable. The Rebel defense was stellar, turning one nifty double play and ruthlessly cutting down one runner at the plate to stop several Fat Cat scoring opportunities in their tracks.
Game 2: Rebels Easily Conquer Big Island’s Onipa’a
The Rebels completed the first day of play at the Hawaii State Tournament with a stunning 18 – 7 victory over Onipa’a of the Big Island.
The Rebels continued to put on an impressive hitting display against Onipa’a. The Kauai squad scored in all six innings, racking up 25 hits en route to a double-header win to open the tournament. With the 18 runs in game two, the Rebels posted a total of 34 runs on the first day of play. Every player in the starting line-up got at least hit.
At the end of the day the Rebels posted two victories, with a single game remaining in the initial round of play. Still to come in the round robin “play in” are the dangerous Junk Yard Dogs from Hilo.
Game 3: Rebels Rally Against the Big Island’s Junk Yard Dogs
The Rebels final game in their bracket was against the Junk Yard Dogs, well known for their potent offensive attack and long ball prowess (they hit a lot of home runs). The JYD were by far and away the homerun champions of the tournament coming into the game having racked up a string of multi-home run games. Defensively, they prowled the field as if the ball was their prey.
The JYD jumped out to a big lead early in the game, holding a 7-0 advantage after only two innings. The Rebels stormed back to keep the game close the rest of the way. The Rebels finally came from behind by scoring four runs in the bottom of the sixth to defeat the Dogs 11-10. The win kept the Rebels’ tourney record spotless and secured a berth in the Division B Championship Game.
Game 4: Rebels Take Championship With Defeat of Oahu’s Action
The Rebels drew the top team from the other “B” bracket – the “Action” squad from Oahu. Action was an extremely experienced and well-coached team of speed demons. They regularly played AJA Baseball and dominated both league and tournament play in the Hawaii softball world. Action breezed through their bracket, racking up three wins and no losses to make it to the title game. They also had a chance to scout the Rebel team as they were spotted watching a couple of the earlier games of the tournament.
The Rebels prevailed in the title contest, finding base hits in every possible spot on the field, pounding out 23 in the Championship game while scoring 15 runs over the first five frames to hold on for the impressive win.