Waianae wins first Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i co-ed softball tourney

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Waianae Samoan Methodist Church Autalavou. The team uniform reads: "Win Or Lose, Praise 'Im."

(Waianae, HAWAI’I)—Waianae Samoan Methodist Church Youth are champions of the co-ed Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i Softball Tournament, a statewide church competition hosted for the first time in 2013.

Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i refers to the Synod or "council" representing six Samoan Methodist Churches in Hawai’i.

In the tournament, no team was able to defeat Waianae. Not even once. They finished the competition with a perfect 12-0.

“The tournament was great, it was the first annual softball tournament,” said Derek Meredith, member of the Waianae Samoan Methodist Church and writer for Waianae’s youth group. “All the different church leaders and youth groups really enjoyed and supported this tournament…all our youth in the synod are looking forward to the next one.”

Six co-ed teams –Kalihi, Salt Lake, Waipahu, Ewa, Nanakuli and Waianae— representing the six churches that comprise Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i competed over a period of one month, Saturdays at Moanalua Park.

Sinoti Chair Rev. Faulalo Ieti and Faletua Mrs. Fialelei Leti attended all games in support of the youth, Meredith said.

It all came down to Waianae Samoan Methodist Church, led by Rev. Pesi Vitale and Faletua Mrs. Tala Vitale, taking the tournament trophy home, way out to the west side of O’ahu.

Rev. Vitale is also secretary for the Sinoti.

Youth President at Waianae is Sis Tili; Junior Afoa is vice president and Laka Panapa is secretary.

The purpose of the tournament was to have youth members of the statewide Sinoti fellowship while promoting health and physical fitness, Meredith said.

The tournament began April 6 and regular competition closed May 4 at Moanalua Park. Finals were held Saturday, May 11, 2013 in which Waianae convincingly clinched the championship title 19-5, after nine innings, over Salt Lake.

Rev. Pio Pauulu, youth director for Sinoti Metotisi Hawai’i, coordinated the softball competition.

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