In 27 years at the helm, Milton Takenaka has seen peaks and valleys.
This year, the Waipahu Marauders are clearly closer to a peak. Drake Yoshioka hurled a six-inning no-hitter as the visiting Marauders broke open a scoreless pitchers’ duel in the fifth inning for a 10-0 rout of previously unbeaten Kalaheo yesterday at Kailua District Park.
Yoshioka’s gem came just one week after Kalaheo’s Alika Andres fired a no-hitter against Nanakuli.
Waipahu improved to 3-0 in Oahu Interscholastic Association White play as Yoshioka racked up his second win. The junior shortstop is one of several position players forced into pitching duties.
"We don’t have anybody who’s a true pitcher," Takenaka said. "But this is the best game (Yoshioka) threw. He’s been struggling with his control."
Yoshioka, who also bats leadoff, struck out eight and walked just two in his finest performance on the mound.
"This week, I worked extra hard mentally and physically," said Yoshioka, who placed his fastball and slider effectively. "I ran more, did more long toss, more Jagger bands."
For Kalaheo, it was a disappointing day after opening the season with four wins. In some ways, the Mustangs looked like they were still finding their footing. All of their preseason games were rained out, making yesterday their first tangle with adversity.
It was a gift, or series of gifts, from Kalaheo to Waipahu that made most of the difference yesterday. In one stretch of 13 Waipahu batters through the fifth and sixth innings, Kalaheo pitchers issued nine walks and hit two batters.
"You can’t defense walks," Kalaheo coach Alex Racoma said. "It’s hard, but it’s one game. You come back and practice, and prepare for the next game."
Through four innings, Kalaheo ace Chris Palmer was locked in a battle with his counterpart.
"He gave us trouble," Takenaka said.
However, a bruised left calf, the result of a hard grounder in the first inning, began to stiffen on Palmer. After retiring the first two batters in the top of the fifth, Palmer walked two and hit another to load the bases.
Micah Luke, Waipahu’s cleanup hitter, then drilled a full-count fastball to the gap in right-center, clearing the bases for a 3-0 Marauders lead. After Kalani Spencer walked, he attempted to steal second base, but the throw from home went off the glove of shortstop Charles Dickens. That allowed Luke to score easily from third.
From there, it became a walk-a-thon. Palmer walked the next batter before Andres entered and issued two more free passes. Andres was then ejected for wearing a bracelet — the Kalaheo bench had been warned earlier in the game. By the end of Waipahu’s fifth-inning parade, 14 batters had come to the plate, amassing seven walks, two hit-by-pitches and one hit for a 7-0 lead.
A three-run sixth by Waipahu, including two Kalaheo errors and a run-scoring bloop single by Joshua Malangit, made it 10-0.
The Marauders had a challenging nine-game preseason slate, including several Division I foes in tourney play on Maui.
"There’s been a lot of stress this year. This is supposed to be a veteran team," Takenaka said, noting third-year varsity players like Yoshioka and Jarrin Abreu. "But we didn’t play well in preseason. We weren’t executing."
Since then, a buffet line of OIA White foes has bolstered team confidence.
"Radford and Kalaheo, they’re the X factors coming down from the Red. We didn’t know what to expect," Takenaka added of earlier wins. "I don’t think we’re going to lose the rest of the season. We shouldn’t lose. I don’t think we hit our stride yet."
"We’ve just got to keep working harder and play with the same determination," he said.
Kalaheo is also in position to claim one of the OIA White’s two state-tourney berths.
"These kids are level-headed," Racoma said. "They’ll get stronger."
Drake Yoshioka and Tyler Nishino. Chris Palmer, Alika Andres (5), Morgan Aggers (5), Nathan Milca (6) and Justin Pagan. W—Yoshioka. L—Palmer.
Leading hitters—Wai: Yoshioka, 1-2, double; Joshua Malangit, 2-3, double.
Roosevelt 10-3, Castle 7-2
Randon Manuad rapped out three hits, including a double, and drove in four runs to lead the Rough Riders past the Knights.
Edison Sakata struck out five batters to allow the Rough Riders to sweep the Knights.
Brandon Ikeda, Mika Caris (6), Brandon Hamasaki (9) and Tyris Tominaga. Elika Jarrett, Andre Fratticelli (9) and Robert Fram. W—Caris. L—Jarrett.
Leading hitters—Roos: Edison Sakata 2-3, 3b, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Hamasaki 2-4, 2b, 2 RBI;s Randon Manuad 3-4, 2b, 4 RBIs; Drayson Ito 3 runs. Cast: Eric Akamine 3-6, 3b; Christian Kapeliela 2-2, 2b, 2 RBIs; Chaz Kobayashi 2-2, 2 runs.
Dustin Nakayama and Robert Fram, Manoa Medrano (5). Edison Sakata and Michael Matsuoka. W—Sakata. L—Nakayama.
Leading hitters—Cast: Christian Kapeliela 1-3, 3b, RBI. Roos: Brandon Hamasaki 2-2, 2b, RBI; Randon Manuad 2b, RBI.
Campbell 2-9, Waianae 1-5
Robert Kahana pitched seven innings and struck out seven batters as the Sabers defeated the Seariders in the first game of a doubleheader.
Shinto Arakaki went 2-for-4, hitting a double to help the Sabers rally to sweep the Seariders.
Robert Kahana and Kaeo Kapana, Pookela Kaalekahi (4). Jobe Cabral and Joe Garcia. W—Kahana. L—Cabral.
Leading hitters—Camp: Kahana 1-2, 2b, RBI; Raven Kahana 1-3, 2b. Wain: Allen Ibanes 2b.
Kana Kuiee, Chrenston Kauwe (4), Allen Ibanes (5) and Joe Garcia. Jaris Flora and Pookela Kaalekahi. W—Flora. L—Kauwe.
Leading hitters—Camp: Sau Momoe HR; Kahana 2b; Cole Nagamine 2-3, 2b; Flora 2-3; Kawika Texeira 2-3; Shinto Arakaki 2-4, 2b.
Moanalua 13, Kahuku 3
Regan Lum hit a double and triple, driving in three runs as Na Menehune defeated the Red Raiders in six innings.
Kamalu Kamaku, Austin Nagamine (3), Nolan Kometani (6) and Brendan Kong, Jordan Salas (6). Spencer Nagy, Iukini Hughes (5), Justin Van Ness (6) and Samson Mamizuka. W—Nagamine. L—Nagy.
Leading hitters—Moan: Nagamine 2-2, HR, 2 RBIs; James Higa 2-2; Regan Lum 2-2, 2b, 3b, 3 RBIs. Kah: Evan Ramirez HR.
Leilehua 4-8, Aiea 1-7
Larry Paas scattered five hits to win the opener and the Mules held off a seventh-inning rally by Na Alii in the second game for the sweep.
Aiea, down 8-0 after three innings in the second game, rallied for three runs in the fifth and had four runs across with the tying run on third when Leilehua recorded the final out.
Larry Paas and Ian Kaopua. Kaulau Wong and D.J. Raduya.
Leading hitters—Lei: Kenan Sadanaga, 2-4, RBI; Cyrus Ah Quin, 2-4, double, RBI; Larry Paas, 2-3; John Baptista, double; Albert Talaroc, double, RBI. Aiea: Brock Asher, triple, run; Taylor Taliulu, 2-3.
Travis Uyeda, Tyler Agtang (3), Remi Davenport (6) and Taylor Taliulu. Cody Academia, Josh Lorenzo (7) and Ian Kaopua. W—Academia. L—Uyeda.
Leading hitters—Aiea: Brock Asher, 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Bryson Gabriel, 3-4, double, RBI; Taylor Taliulu, double, RBI; Taylor Kim, 2 runs. Lei: Guy Phillips, 2-4, triple; Kenan Sadanaga, 2-3, RBI; Cyrus Ah Quin, 3-4, double, 2 runs, RBI; Larry Paas, 2-3, RBI; Cody Academia, 2-4, double, RBI.
Farrington 11, Nanakuli 1
Winning pitcher Paul Reyes was 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Governors past the Golden Hawks.
At Lanakila Park
Austin Lopes, Brandon Felisi (6) and Louis Kalahiki, Clayton Atualevao (6). Paul Reyes and Bryston Doctolero. W—Reyes. L—Lopes.
Leading hitters—Nan: Felisi, triple. Far: Paul Reyes, 3-3, double; Doctolero, 3-4, RBI.
Radford 4, Waialua 2
Kurt McClain brought home Roscoe Kalilikane with a safety squeeze in the fifth inning and Damon Puskarich took it from there, striking out seven batters in four innings, as the Rams beat the Bulldogs.
Kekai Rivera-Albeso, Justin Tantog (5) and Christian Whittaker. Kea Owens, Damon Puskarich (4) and Troy Evans. W—Puskarich. L—Rivera-Albeso.
Leading hitters — Waialua: Christian Whittaker, double. Rad: Owens, double; Evans, double; Roscoe Kalilikane, triple.
Kaiser 5-6, Kalani 4-9
Royce Kuromoto and Austin Ortega each drove in two runs as the Falcons earned a split of a doubleheader with the Cougars.
Matthew Murakami had three RBIs to help Kaiser win the opener.
Royce Kuromoto, Austin Ortega (7) and Makana Lyman. Bryson Shiraishi and Jase Furuya. W—Kuromoto. L—Shiraishi.
Leading hitters—Kais: Austin Ortega, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Makana Lyman, double; Matt Nagata, triple. Kalan: Matthew Murakami, double, 3 RBIs. Wilkins Kato, triple.
Wilkins Kato, Trevor Ozaki (4), Brandon Valenzuela (7) and Jase Furuya. Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz, Austin Ortega (5) and Makana Lyman. W—Ozaki. L—Ortega.
Leading hitters—Kalan: Jase Furuya, 3-4, double, RBI; Matthew Murakami, 2-5, run; Jason Okimoto, double, 3 RBIs, 2 runs. Kais: Royce Kuromoto, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Austin Ortega, 2 RBIs, double.
No. 1 Saint Louis 17, Damien 3
Tre Haliburton-Goeas was 3-for-3 at the plate and hurled two scoreless innings to help the Crusaders crush the Monarchs.
Tre Haliburton-Goeas, LJ Kalawaia (3), Derek Nakasato (5) and Iolana Akau, Dallas Correa. Lyle Aloy-Glover, Jordan Kailoi (2), Skyler Tomisato (4) and Aalona Amimoto, Ryan Ozaki. W—Haliburton-Goeas. L—Aloy-Glover.
Leading hitters—SL: Tre Haliburton-Goeas, 3-3, RBI, run; Kaeo Aliviado, 2-2, RBI, 2 runs; Ka‘ai Tom, 2-2, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Iolana Akau 2-2, double, 3 RBIs. Dam: none.
No. 3 Mid-Pacific 13, ‘Iolani 3
Cy Higashi and Daniel Fentriss drove in two runs each as the Owls overwhelmed the Raiders.
Travis Garcia, Brent Sakurai (6) and Dane Fujinaka. Carlos Rodriguez, Bryce Nakamura (5), Dane Arakaw (6), Dylan Goto (6) and Tiras Koon. W—Garcia. L—Rodriguez.
Leading hitters—MP: Daniel Fentriss, 2-3, 2 RBIs, run; Matt Oda, 3 runs; Cy Higashi, 2 RBIs, 2 runs.
Maryknoll 21, St. Francis 5
Kyle Hirata and Darren Lau each scored four runs as the Spartans routed the Saints. Keha Wong was 3-for-3 for St. Francis.
At Ala Wai field
Layne Fujimoto, Brandon Hinck (3), Jordan Kurokawa (5) and David Nishiki. Cyrus Murakami, Keha Wong (4), Kalei Davis (5) and Kalei Davis, Shawn Baptist (5). W—Fujimoto. L—Murakami.
Leading hitters—Mar: Blaine Hokama 2-2, 2 RBIs; David Nishiki, 2-4, double, 2 RBIs; Kyle Hirata, 4 runs, 2 RBIs; Tyler Todd, triple, 3 runs; Darren Lau, 4 runs, RBI. SF: Keha Wong, 3-3, triple, 2 RBIs; Shawn Baptiste, 2-3.
No. 1 Mid-Pacific 12, St. Francis 2
Keiki Carlos earned the victory from the circle and stroked a two-run double to give the Owls a 3-2 lead in a rout of the Saints limited to five innings by the mercy rule.
Brooke Langsi, Tiffany Trantham (5), Tiare Willing (5) and Kelsee Hee. Keiki Carlos and Kaydi Kochi. W—Carlos. L—Langsi.
Leading hitters—MP: Alii-Tasi Docktor, 3-3, double, HR, 2 RBIs, runs; Keiki Carlos, 2-3, double, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Kaydi Kochi, double, RBI; Tori Hamura, 2-4, run; Lindsey Matoi, 2-3, double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Kacy Aoki, 2-4, double, 2 RBIs; Jordan Joy, 2-4, double, triple, RBI.
No. 2 Punahou 9, Maryknoll 0
Mysha Sataraka was 3-for-4 with a home run and Kaylie Popovich was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in to power the Buffanblu past the Spartans.
Kristin Yamasaki and Carolann Toyama. Jacey Young, Tai-Manu Olivao (3), Kacie Kinua (6) and Kayla Shimoda, Reina Furuya (6). W—Olivao. L—Yamasaki.
Leading hitters—Mar: Kori Nishitomi, 2-3. Pun: Mysha Sataraka, 3-4, HR; Shimoda, 2-3; Ari Hashimoto, 2-2; Kaylie Popovich, 2-3, double, 2 RBIs; Vanessa Va‘a, double.
Pac-Five 25, Pac-West 1
The Wolfpack racked up 12 runs in the first inning and 10 more in the second to overwhelm Pac-West.
At Ala Wai
B. Suckll, B. Okimoto (3) and K. Fleming. S. Luczak, Kaleihiwa Ah New (3) and A. Keyes. W—Luczak. L—Suckoll.
Leading hitters—PW: S. Poole, 2-2. P5: Q. Natividad, 4-4, double, 5 RBIs; K. Osaki, 2-3, 3 RBIs; A. Hookano, 2-4, 4 RBIs; A. Keyes, 2-2, HR, 2 RBIs; S. Luczak, 2-3, double, 4 RBIs; K. Yamamoto, 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs; Kamalei Ah New, 2-2; S. Holden, 2-2, RBI.
Kamehameha 7, Sacred Hearts 2
Sophomore right-hander Kaya Naiwi tossed a two-hitter and Nohea Keaunui-Gould and Leiana Naki-Kaonohi each had three hits to pace the Warriors over the Lancers.
Jordyn Waracka and Victoria Simpson. Kaya Naiwi and Marthe Llanos. W—Naiwi. L—Waracka.
Leading hitters—Kam: Nohea Keaunui-Gould, 3-4, double; Leiana Naki-Kaonohi, 3-4, triple; Misty Hoohuli, 2-3, double.
Pearl City 2-12, No. 4 Mililani 0-3
Sella Rodriguez tossed two complete-game victories as the Chargers swept the Trojans.
At Pearl City
W—Sella Rodriguez. L—T. Fernandez.
W—Sella Rodriguez. L—J. Baker.
Leading hitters—PC: Keani Passi, 3-4, double, RBI; Sierra Tadiarca, 2-4, 2 RBIs; Courtney Alo, 2-3, double; Tiari Walker, 2-4, runs; Maya Nagata, HR, 2 RBIs. Mil: C. Koki, 2-4; T. Baysa, 2-4, double, 2 runs; J. Baker, 2-2, 2 RBIs; A. Maddison, 2-3.
No. 5 Castle 12-18, Moanalua 2-0
Britanny Hawn clubbed two home runs and Leisha Liilii tossed a no-hitter in the opener as the Knights swept Na Menehune.
Leisha Liilii and K. Dacosin. Ariel Ajimura, Mercedes Fowler and Kylee Oshiro.
Leading hitters—Cas: Brittaney Hawn, 2-3, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs; J. Rodgers, 2-3, RBI; K. Lessary, HR, 2 RBIs.
Dyanne Fernandez, Mercedes Fowler (1), Ariel Ajimura (4) and Chrissi Omalza.
Leading hitters—Moa: none. Cas: R. Silva, 2-4, HR; Leisha Liilii, 3-4, HR, double.
Kahuku 17, Anuenue 2
Pitisi Taulau was 3-for-4 with a triple and home run and pitched five innings of one-hit ball as the Red Raiders ran their record to 6-0. The second game of a scheduled doubleheader was rained out.
Thursday, Kahuku swept Farrington, 26-1 and 22-0.
At Hauula Park
P. Silva, L. Kon (5) and B. Rios. Pitisi Taulau and Kasey Capillon. W—Taulau. L—Silva.
Leading hitters—Kah: Aiyana Aipia, 1-4, HR; Napua Yamamoto, 2-4, 2 doubles; Meagan Tataipu, 2-4, HR; Pitisi Taulau, 3-4, triple, HR; Brooke Beatty, 2-4, HR; Nano Uli, 1-3, double.
Kailua 6-12, Kaimuki 2-2
Shealee Koki pitched two complete-game victories and Johnna Pedro was 5-for-8 on the day as the Surfriders swept the Bulldogs.
E. Awaya and C. Kamanao. Shealee Koki and Sharla Kumai-Farrell. W—Koki. L—Awaya.
Leading hitters—Kaim: L. Faasoa, 2-3, triple, RBI. Kail: Johnna Pedro, 3-4; Jayna Hanawahine, triple, RBI; Teah Kauhi, 2-3.
Shealea Koki and Leilani Lastimosa. D. Faasoa and K. Yasui. W—Koki. L—Faasoa.
Leading hitters—Kail: Johnna Pedro, 2-4, triple, 2 RBIs; Destinee Chang, triple; Sharla Kuma-Farrell, 2-5, HR; Lindsey Farley, 2-4; Teah Kauhi, 2-4. Kaim: E. Awaya, 2-3; D. Faasoa, 2-3, double, RBI.
McKinley 27-19, Farrington 15-18
McKinley’s Casse Liu walked and stole second before scoring on consecutive passed balls in the bottom of the seventh to give the Tigers a sweep of the Governors.
Saramilo Amado and Yoonju Ryu. Kaleigh Lilo, Kyranica Afia (2), Lilo (5) and Lehualani Newell and Litia Halaifuna (2).
Leading hitters — McK: Saramilo Amado 1-3. Ryu 1-4, 6 R. Bitten MItchell 2-5. Far: Chelsea Ornellas 3-5, Iniki Johnson 2-4.
Kyranica Afia and Litia Halaifuna. Malagamaalii Aiga, Saramilo Amado (3) and Yoonju Ryu.
Leading hitters — Farr: Isa Benavevte 2-4, HR; Ashley Decosta 2-4; Chelsea Ornellas 3-3, HR, 2B, 5 RBIs; Kyranica Afia 3-4, HR. Litia Halaifuna 2-4, HR, 3B. McK: Ryu 2-2, Samantha Garcia 1-3, Amanda Sakagawa 1-4, Malagamaalii Aiga 2-4, 2B.