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Hawaii and Curacao advance to semis

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- Sheyne Baniaga homered onto the hill beyond the left-field wall and Kini Enos scattered five hits over five innings to help West Oahu of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, defeat Lafayette, La., 2-0, yesterday and earn a berth in the US championship game of the Little League World Series.

Baniaga's homer with a runner on first was the only hit allowed by Lafayette starter Jace Conrad and earned West Oahu (4-0) a spot against Rancho Buena Vista of Vista, Calif., in tomorrow's US title game.

In the other game, Christopher Garia allowed two hits and Willemstad, Curacao, scored 11 runs in the fifth inning to rout Mangilao-Barrigado, Guam, 16-1, to advance to the international championship game against Japan.

Baniaga's homer off a 1-and-1 pitch sent fans sitting on blankets and beach chairs on the left-field hill scurrying for the souvenir. Baniaga was greeted by happy teammates with pats on the helmet at home plate and chants of ''Whoop, there it is!" from Hawaii fans.

The shot spoiled an otherwise fine pitching performance from Conrad, who held the big boppers from West Oahu hitless for the first three innings. Hawaii entered the contest batting .333, with eight home runs in the first three games in South Williamsport.

Lefty Quentin Guevara relieved Enos in the sixth and final inning, and got Connor Toups to ground out to second to end the game.

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