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Na Koa Ikaika lose opener at Chico

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By Fred Guzman

Managing just five hits while committing an uncharacteristic four errors last night, Na Koa Ikaika Maui suffered a 5-2 road setback to the Chico Outlaws in the opening game of the best-of-five Golden Baseball League championship series.

Game 2 is tonight, with the first pitch set for 4:05, Hawaii time. The game will be aired on ESPN 550 and via the internet on espn550.com.

Na Koa held a 2-0 led going into the bottom of the third inning before the defensive wheels starting falling apart.

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One of the miscues was debited to second baseman Gered Mochizuki, who to his credit accounted for a pair of hits.

The series schedule after tonight’s game has been tweaked.

Unwilling to go head-to-head with the Baldwin vs. Lahainaluna football showdown under the Friday Night Lights at the adjacent War Memorial Stadium, Na Koa Ikaiaka opted to postpone Game 3 at Iron Maehara Stadium until Saturday night.

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Under the revamped schedule, Game 4, if necessary will be held on Saturday, also at 6:35. Again, if necessary, Game 5 would be played on Monday, most likely at 1 p.m. because plane reservations have already been made.

Kickoff for the game between the Bears and Lunas is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday’s MIL football game will be held Upcountry, with Kamehameha hosting King Kekaulike.

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