Honolulu opened play at the 2022 Little League World Series with an 11-1 mercy rule win over Washington in five innings.

The West Region champions were led behind starting pitcher Cohen Sakamoto, who struck out six hitters in three perfect innings.

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At the plate, Kama Angell went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a double and two runs scored.

Honolulu head coach Gerald Oda, who led Hawaii to its third world championship in 2018, was unavailable for the opener after testing positive for COVID-19. His brother, Keith, stepped in as head coach for the victory over Washington.

Up next for Honolulu is a matchup with Massapequa, New York of the Metro Region on Friday at 1 p.m. HST on ESPN.