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Double trouble

Pearl City's Chevas Numata, the Position Player of the Year, and Saint Louis' Kalei Contrades, the Pitcher of the Year, both were dual threats who gave opposing pitchers and batters fits

By Paul Honda


On paper, there's not much to distinguish Kalei Contrades from Chevas Numata.

They performed in the clutch as ace pitchers for their teams. Both were prolific hitters who played third base when they weren't on the mound. In each personality, a subdued, fierce will to win that was more about action than talk.

So it is only fitting that coaches and media voted the two to the top honors in this year's Star-Advertiser Baseball All-State team. Numata, the power-hitting ace and cornerman of Pearl City's state championship run, was voted position player of the year.

Contrades, who helped lead Saint Louis to its second league crown in a row, was voted pitcher of the year.

Numata, with a stocky, Bob Horner physique and power to match, hit .404 (19-for-47) with four home runs. He was brilliantly productive in key situations, driving in 24 runs. He scored 11 times and had an on-base percentage of .500. During the state tourney, he hit 4-for-9 with two homers, a double, and scored four runs. Of course, there was the state final against Moanalua, a 2-1 win that featured Numata at his best on the hill: one run, four hits, six strikeouts and just one walk for a complete-game win.

Numata was one of many players in the Oahu Interscholastic Association who impressed Saint Louis coach George Gusman, a 16-year veteran of coaching in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.

"Chevy was on fire in the OIA playoffs and states," he said. "Without him, they would not have won. He got hot and he was dangerous every time he came to the plate."

Contrades is a workaholic who showed up at every opportunity to work on his pitching and hitting. Sometimes it was at teammate Derek Nakasato's home batting cage in Kaneohe — no small trek for an Ewa Beach resident. Other times, it was an informal team hitting workout at Saint Louis, another haul over miles of pavement. For Contrades, the payoff was worthwhile.

The senior went 5-2 with a 2.22 ERA in the rugged ILH. In 41 innings, the right-hander struck out 48 batters and walked only 15. He surrendered just 35 base hits.

"I found the pitches I could throw and it helped having the slider sort of like a sinker-slash-slider. I call it a slurve," said Contrades, who will play at San Jose State next season. "It has a little bite and keeps batters off-balance."

Combined with his firepower at the plate, he was one of the best combo players in recent memory. Contrades batted .458 (22-for-48) with 18 RBIs, 10 runs and three homers. His slugging percentage was .771.

"I stayed more composed and relaxed this year. I was more selective about pitches," he said. "When I loaded, I shortened up my swing and used more of my hips. My bat was more accurate and I caught the ball more square."

Contrades praised Numata.

"Chevas took his team farther than I did. We kind of ended short in the states, so he deserved being (position) player of the year," Contrades said.

"I feel good. It's an honor to get this," said Numata, who is headed to Southern Nevada Community College, said. "Kalei's a good player with choke power, good pitching. He's pretty fast, too. I'm not that fast."

Pearl City's first state baseball title still has the community abuzz.

"People telling you, ‘Congratulations and stuff,' it's a good feeling," Numata said. "I stayed within myself, don't try too hard, don't try for the fences. My dad changed up my hands and simple stuff a little bit, brought them down. Pitching was about working on my slurve before, but this season, I worked more on my 12/6."

The coach of the year honor went to Yamato, who was a junior varsity coach before taking the helm at Pearl City this season. Yamato played for Gusman back in the 1980s.

"Mitch played for me when he was 13 for Pearl City's Little League Juniors team," Gusman recalled. "He played with my son (George Jr.) later in Big League ball. It's pretty exciting to see someone come up through the ranks and have success. It's exciting. It's pretty neat."


Selected by coaches and media

Pitcher of the Year
Kalei Contrades, Saint Louis

Position Player of the Year
Chevas Numata, Pearl City

Coach of the Year
Mitch Yamato, Pearl City


Pos Name School Yr. Statistics
P/3B Kalei Contrades Saint Louis Sr. 5-2-1, 2.22 ERA, 41 IP, 48 SO, 15 BB, 35 H
P Chevas Numata Pearl City Sr. 5-2, 2.39 ERA, 38 IP, 34 SO, 17 BB, 32 H
P Brysen Dafun Baldwin Sr. Two-position standout hurled Bears into state semifinal
C Dane Fujinaka Mid-Pacific Sr. .404 BA, 11 RBIs, fastest gun in Hawaii
1B Kewby Meyer Kamehameha Sr. .523 BA, 14 RBIs, 13 R, .656 OBP; also 3-1, 4.77 ERA
2B Kai Kealoha Pearl City Sr. .417 BA, 17 R, 6 triples, 7 SB, .509 OBP
3B/P Chevas Numata Pearl City Sr. .404 BA, 4 HR, 24 RBIs, 11 R
SS Justin Protacio Mid-Pacific Sr. .403 BA, 24 R, 22 SB, .479 OBP
OF Kaeo Aliviado Saint Louis Sr. .500 BA, .582 OBP, 21 R, 15 RBIs
OF Bronson Shim Moanalua Sr. .536 BA, 13 RBIs
OF Derek Nakasato Saint Louis Sr. .466 BA, 23 R, 15 RBIs, 4 triples
U Kila Zuttermeister Kailua Jr. .536 BA, 28 RBIs, 16 R, 3 HR, .946 slug. pct.

Pos Name School Yr. Statistics
P Travis Garcia-Perreira Mid-Pacific Jr. 7-1, 1.96 ERA, 43 IP, 28 SO, 16 BB, 33 H
P Robert Kahana Campbell Sr. 3-4, 1.72 ERA, 36 IP, 44 SO, 13 BB, 27 H; also hit .393
P Bronson Shim Moanalua Sr. 4-0, 1.62 ERA, 21 2/3 IP, 22 SO, 9 BB, 17 H
C Alan Baldwin Kailua Sr. .361, 25 R, 19 RBIs, 2 HR
1B Travis Shaw Saint Louis Sr. .422 BA, 25 RBIs, 20 R, .536 OBP
2B Ryan McMonigle Kailua Sr. .371 BA, 24 R, 16 RBIs; also 3-1, 2 saves, 5.12 ERA
3B Jordan DePonte Moanalua Sr. .464 BA
SS Tim Arakawa Moanalua Sr. .346 BA
OF Marcus Doi Mid-Pacific So. .413 BA, 29 RBIs, 21 R, 5 HR
OF Jensen Park 'Iolani Sr. .478 BA, 18 RBIs, 15 R, 3 HR
OF Michael Suiter Punahou Sr. .447 BA, 14 RBIs, 2 HR, .512 OBP
U Isaac Shim Pearl City Sr. C/P hit .282; 16 1/3 IP, 3-1, 3.01 ERA; HHSAA 5-11, 2 RBIs, run

Pos Name School Yr. Statistics
P Trey Kamachi Kapolei Jr. 5-3, 33 IP, 32 SO, 22 BB, 18 H
P Carlos Rodriguez 'Iolani Sr. 4-3, 2.65 ERA, 39 2/3 IP, 56 SO, 20 BB, 25 H
P Quintin Torres-Costa Waiakea Jr. 3-0, 2.47 ERA, 22 2/3 IP, 27 SO, 12 BB, 15 H; .667 BA, 3 HR
C Po'okela Ka'alekahi Campbell Sr. .375 BA
1B Kamalu Kamoku Moanalua Sr. .406 BA, 13 RBIs
2B Ross Hasegawa Moanalua Sr. .464 BA, 8 R, 5 SB
3B Cy Higashi Mid-Pacific Sr. .429 BA, 17 R, 14 RBIs, 5 SB
SS Kean Wong Waiakea So. .484 BA, .543 OBP
OF Kory Sasaoka Kailua Sr. .303 BA, 20 R
OF Ka'ai Tom Saint Louis Jr. .531 BA (ILH), 13 RBIs, .969 slug pct., .667 OBP
OF Chayce Kaaua Hilo So. .428 BA, .542 OBP
U Bryson Dymond Kailua Sr. .344 BA, 17 RBIs, 15 R; 4-0, 1.42 ERA


Regan Lum, Moanalua
Jarrett Kitaoka, Konawaena

Iolana Akau, Saint Louis
David Nishiki, Maryknoll

First Basemen
Kaipo Oamilda-Schultz, Kaiser
Kaulana Wong, Aiea
Taylor Goo, Kamehameha-Hawaii

Second Basemen
Randon Mamuad, Roosevelt
Troy Yoshizawa, Mililani
Branden Kaupe, Baldwin
Justin Matoi, Mid-Pacific
Dustin Tagawa, Hilo
Kaimana Perreira-Alquiza, Waimea

Third Basemen
Rick Nomura, Punahou
Troy Barboza-Scanlan, Pearl City
Brandon Hamasaki, Roosevelt
Brad Waiki, Hilo

Ryan Yamane, Punahou
Ridge Hoopii-Haslam, Hilo
Jayce Carvalho, KS-Hawaii
Hank Ibia Jr., Kauai

Ryan Ueunten, Pac-Five
Michael Egami, Moanalua
Austin Ortega, Kaiser
Brock Asher, Aiea
Dustyn Cook, Mililani
Sau Momoe, Campbell
Nikolas Alarcio, Mid-Pacific
Jordan Kamakea, Waimea
Alika Emayo, Waimea

Shea Shimabukuro, Kauai
Alika Ramseyer-Ho, Kailua
Tyler Tokunaga, Pearl City
Tanner Tokunaga, Pearl City
Daniel Fentriss, Mid-Pacific
Kamana Kealoha, Damien
Jacob Mariano, Mililani

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