Hawaii Winter Baseball Moves On Past Quake

The games in Hawaii Winter Baseball took a backseat to safety on Sunday after an earthquake struck the chain of Pacific islands. The quake, which registered 6.6 on the Richter Scale and was the largest to hit the Hawaiian islands since 1983, started at 7:07 local time and both games on the Hawaii Winter Baseball schedule were postponed by 10 a.m.

“We cancelled everything early,” Waikiki Beach Boys manager Lenn Sakata said. “We had no electricity and we were already getting hit with some rain.

“We’ve been pretty lucky weather-wise up until this, but of course, this is the kind of phenomenon where you just be thankful that it wasn’t worse than it could have been.”

The earthquake was centered just off the Kona coast on the west side of the “big island” of Hawaii. All four of Hawaii Winter Baseball’s four clubs play on the island of Oahu, which is about 200 miles northwest of the big island.

And while each island in the chain was shaken by the quake, a 12-hour power outage was the worst the Honolulu area had to endure.

“It wasn’t too much,” Sakata said. “The power outage lasted about 12 hours, so there was obvious chaos about that–people not being prepared, that sort of thing. There was some damage and things were shaking, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been. It’s just one of those lessons that makes you remember there are a lot of things you can’t control.”

Hawaii Winter Baseball will return to the field on schedule–weather permitting–on Tuesday, playing doubleheaders for Sunday’s cancellations.