That first victory in American Legion regional play continued to elude Gene Taylor's, which dropped a 19-8 decision Wednesday to Hawaii in the first round of the Western Regional in Fairfield, California.
An eight-run third inning, coupled with Hawaii's starting pitcher, Christian DeJesus, recording all nine outs in his three innings by strikeout, did in Taylor's, the Colorado state champion.
DeJesus allowed only one hit, a third-inning single by Stevenson Reynolds, and walked two.
After the Hawaii state champs from Honolulu put up eight runs in the top of the third, DeJesus finished up his stint and turned the game over to three relievers.
Taylor's got to the bullpen for nine runs in the final four innings, but couldn't keep Hawaii off the bases. Two more runs scored in the fourth inning and four more in each of the sixth and seventh.
Reynolds, Christian Hafey, Ty Wytulka and Cody Bellmire had two hits each for Taylor's, which plays an elimination game at 1:30 today against either Tucson or Fairfield.
Wytulka took the loss, allowing nine runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. Hawaii finished with 17 hits, including five doubles and one triple, to Taylor's 11 hits, 10 of which were singles.