Hawaii’s Little League world victory inspires young baseball players to dream big

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All eyes were glued to the television screen Sunday at a Little League World Championship watch party in Aiea. 

Kids from the Hustlers youth baseball team watched Honolulu play on screen, with wide eyes and big dreams. 

“It’s like, I want to be like them one day, it’s so inspirational,” said third base player Tristan Shimokihara.

Catcher Lexie Hinahara watched her cousin, Sean Yamaguchi, help bring a win to Honolulu from Atlanta. The 11-year-old is proud, with renewed energy to dream just as big. 

“I want to play high school or college. I want to be on TV and I want to make my family proud as well,” said Hinahara. 

There wasn’t any doubt in this home that Honolulu would win the Little League World Championship.

But there were great grandmother’s in attendance that did some extra praying, just in case. 

“When I get up and I know Sean is going to play, I put incense on the shrine and I pray he does well with the team!” said Jeanette Watanabe.

The 90-year-old’s praying paid off. Once Honolulu clinched the win, the house went wild.

The pool was put to good use as the Hustlers cannon-balled into the water!

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