They arrived hungry and left satisfied. Punahou, needing a win to force a three-way tie for first place, got a two-run homer from Mysha Sataraka and hung on for a 4-3 win over No. 1-ranked Mid-Pacific yesterday.
"This was pretty big. Everyone wanted it more," said Sataraka, a junior shortstop. "We came to the field earlier, before 8 o’clock, dressed and ready. They were hungry and I love seeing that from my team."
MPI would have secured a first-round title and automatic state-tournament berth with a win. Instead, Punahou, Mid-Pacific and ‘Iolani, which topped Punahou on Thursday, are now 7-1. The logjam will be settled with a draw of straws today, at the office of St. Andrew’s Priory athletic director Missy Kilbey, who is softball coordinator of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
Two teams will meet tomorrow, and the winner will meet the third team on Tuesday for the first-round title. Home field will be determined by head-to-head results of first-round play.
The same scenario occurred last season, too. Punahou, ranked No. 2 statewide, is just glad to be in the hunt.
"I’m exhausted. These are the kind of games that age you as a coach, real quick," Buffanblu coach Bob Makahilahila said. "The girls had a tough loss against ‘Iolani the other day, so being able to come back and take care of business was very important for us."
Sataraka’s blast came off an ankle-high fastball from Keiki Carlos.
"She golfed it," Carlos said. The ball landed well beyond the center-field fence.
"Keiki gave me (a) chance, that’s why," Sataraka said. "She came very hard against me and I got lucky. On any other field, that would’ve been a pop fly."
There are just two state berths available to the ILH.
"It’s going to make us stronger," Carlos said following her first loss on the mound. "It’s not bad. It’s an awakening."
Despite constant showers throughout the game, Jaci Young went 6 1/3 innings for the win yesterday, getting a hand from reliever Tai Manu-Olevao, who got the save.
"The ball’s more slippery, but my defense helped me out. I had to take out to dry it, use the resin," Young said. "Just keeping the ball down and letting my defense work. Drops. The outfield helped me a lot."
Right fielder Nicole Tamura provided two defensive gems on line drives, including a diving catch of a shot by Gabrielle Hollinger in the fifth. The Buffanblu had a 4-1 lead entering the bottom of the seventh, but Hollinger singled and Carlos slammed a two-run homer over the 185-foot sign in left field to bring the Owls within 4-3.
Tasi Docktor followed with a single, and Makahilahila called on Manu-Olevao, an all-state outside hitter. The 6-foot-1 junior got Kaydi Kochi to ground out for the second out, but walked Tori Hamura, who had homered earlier. Manu-Olevao then got Lindsey Matoi to ground into a fielder’s choice, ending the game.
"Coach said, ‘Pitch strikes.’ I’ve got a fastball and I’ve been working on my changeup," Manu-Olevao said. "It was nerve-wracking. I was waiting for that moment when my time comes."
The visitors jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the third when Kylie Popovich singled and Sataraka hit her homer. After a rain delay of about 15 minutes, Carlos retired the side. Young, facing the powerful Owls for the first time, used breaking pitches to keep them off stride. She allowed just two hits until the sixth, when Hamura socked a two-out solo homer.
The Owls then had two runners in scoring position, benefiting from a throwing error by Sataraka, but Jordan Joy’s line drive ricocheted off the glove of Young and second baseman Reina Furuya made the throw to first to end the threat.
"I think the pitching on our end gave us some psychological lift," Makahilahila said. "Getting up on her 2-0 early gave our girls the confidence. (Carlos) is an awesome pitcher. She hit the two-run homer. She’s a complete ballplayer."
MPI coach William Quinn wasn’t too down after the loss.
"I credit our girls for battling back. They never say die. They fought to the end," he said. "Punahou’s right fielder took away three hits. Their pitcher played well. They made plays. We still control our destiny. We’ve just got to do our job."
|Punahou (7-1)||002 000 2 — 4 5 1|
|Mid-Pacific (7-1)||000 001 2 — 3 6 1|
Jaci Young, Tai Manu-Olevao (7) and Kayla Shimoda. Keiki Carlos and Kaydi Kochi. W–Young. L–Carlos. S–Manu-Olevao.
Leading hitters–Punahou: Mysha Sataraka 1-2, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs. MPI: Carlos 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Tori Hamura 1-2, HR, RBI, run.
MORE ILH SOFTBALL
‘IOLANI 5, KAMEHAMEHA 4
Mari Fujimoto singled home Alex Masaquel to snap a 4-4 tie, lifting the Raiders over the Warriors.
Kamehameha tied the game in the top of the seventh on a three-run double by Karine Shaver.
Brandi Smith and Reyna Ae; Nani Taniguchi and Kirstyn Namba.
Leading hitters–Kam: Alexxus Ho, 2-4, run; Karine Shaver, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBIs, run; Brandi Smith, 2-3, RBI. Iol: Ula Reis Moniz, 1-2, 3B, 3 RBIs; Alex Masaquel, 2-4, run; Mari Fujimoto, 2-3, RBI.
ST. FRANCIS 11, PAC-WEST 3
Rachel Carlos hit a triple and a two-run home run as the Saints routed Pac-West.
At Kamamalu Field
B. Suckoll and B. Okimoto. Tiffany Trantham, Rachel Carlos (5) and Kelsie Hee. W–Trantham. L–Suckoll.
Leading hitters–PW: J. Clanton, 2B. StF: Ashley Kahapea-Wagner, 2-4, 2 2Bs; Carlos, 2-3, 3B, HR, 2 RBIs.
MARYKNOLL 9, PAC-FIVE 8
The Spartans committed two errors in the top of the fifth inning, allowing the Wolf Pack to score five runs, but held on for the win.
Carol Ann Toyama went 4-for-4 to lead the Maryknoll offense.
At Moiliili Park
Sofia Luczak and C. Koja. Kristin Yamasaki and Carol Ann Toyama. W–Yamasaki. L–Luczak.
Leading hitters–P5: Q. Natividad, 2B, run; A. Hookano, 3-4, 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; A. Keyes, 2-4, run; Luczak, 3B, run; Koja, 2-3, 3B, run, RBI. Mar: Kori Nishitomi, 2B, 2 runs; Yamasaki, 3-4, run; Mieko Okimura, 2-2, 3B, 3 runs, Toyama 4-4, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Jessica Guillermo 2-4, 2B, 3B, run, 2 RBIs.
NO. 5 CASTLE SWEEPS KALANI
Leisha Li’ili’i clubbed two home runs, drove in seven runs and pitched both halves of a doubleheader as the Knights swept the Falcons 15-2 and 6-1.
At Aina Haina Playground
Leisha Li’ili’i and Brooke Kaululaau; Jade Teruya and Kristi Belshe. W–Li’ili’i. L–Teruya.
Leading hitters–Cas: Brittany Hawn, 2-3; Li’ili’i, 2-3, HR, 4 RBIs; Kalena Lessary, 2-3. Kal: Rayme Awaya, 3B.
Leisha Yamauchi and Kristi Belshe; Li’ili’i and Kaululaau. W–Li’ili’i. L–Yamauchi.
Leading hitters–Kal: Jade Teruya, HR. Cas: Li’ili’i, HR, 3 RBIs; Kaululaau, 3-3; J Rodgers, HR, 3 RBIs.
KAHUKU SWEEPS MCKINLEY
Pitisi Tualau and Kellie Ching tossed two-hit shutouts as the Red Raiders swept a doubleheader from the Tigers, winning the first game 21-0 and the second game 10-0.
WP–Pitisi Tualau. LP–Amanda Sakagawa.
Leading hitters–Kah: Brooke Beatty 2-3, 3B, 4 RBIs; Tualau, 3-4, 2 3B, 2 RBIs; Nano Uli, 2-4, 2 RBIs; R. Capillan, 2-3, 2 RBIs; K. Leona, 2-3, RBI. McK: none.
WP–Kellie Ching. LP–Kimberly Amor.
Leading hitters–Kah: Nano Uli, 2-3, HR, 2B; Aiyana Aipia, 2-4. McK: none.
ROOSEVELT, KAIMUKI SPLIT
Hayley Luke rapped out three hits as the Rough Riders routed the Bulldogs 11-0 in the five-inning opener.
Roosevelt’s three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh was a run short as Kaimuki held on to win 6-5 in the second game.
Leani Berinobis and Krystle Chung; Ehlen Awaya and Channel Kamanao. W–Berinobis. L–Awaya.
Leading hitters–Roos: Hayley Luke 3-4, 2 2Bs; Jennera Macmori 2B.
Ehlen Awaya and Channel Kamanao; Leani Berinobis and Krystle Chung. W–Awaya. L–Berinobis.
Leading hitters–Kaim: Awaya 2-3, 2B. Roos: Mahao Wada 2-4, 2B; Kamalei Pitaya 3-4.
KALAHEO SWEEPS ANUENUE
Teone Farley-Mahoe pitched a three-hitter for the Mustangs, allowing them to sweep Na Koa 22-0 and 13-1 in their doubleheader matchup.
Sarah Fitzherbert had four hits as Kalaheo won the opener.
At Aikahi Park
NO. 1 SAINT LOUIS 11, MARYKNOLL 1
Tre Haliburton-Goeas recorded the win and notched two hits as the top-ranked Crusaders cruised to victory over the Spartans. Kalei Contrades added two triples and three RBIs for Saint Louis.
At Ala Wai field
Layne Fujimoto, Brandon Hinck (2), Chase Uyema (3), Michael Nishiki (4), Tyler Todd (5) and David Nishiki; Tre Haliburton-Goeas, Derek Nakasato (4) and Iolani Akau, Niklas Ajifu (4). W–Haliburton-Goeas. L–Fujimoto.
Leading hitters–StL: Nakasato 2-2, 3 runs, RBI; Haliburton-Goeas 2-4; Kalei Contrades 2-2, 2 3Bs, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Ka’ai Tom 3B, RBI.
NO. 2 MID-PACIFIC 5, PAC-FIVE 2
Pinch runner Skylar Tengan stole home for the go-ahead run in the bottom of the third and Travis Garcia limited the Wolfpack to three hits as the Owls rallied to victory.
Jordan Morimoto hit a first-inning, two-run home run for Pac-Five.
Jordan Kumasaka and Bryson Kihara; Travis Garcia and Dane Fujinaka. W–Garcia. L–Kumasaka.
Leading hitters–P5: Jordan Morimoto, HR, 2 RBIs. MP: Cy Higashi, 2-3, RBI, run; Daniel Fentriss, 2-2, 2B, RBI; Justin Protacio, 2-4, run.
‘IOLANI 18, ST. FRANCIS 1
Tiras Koon was 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs to spark a 21-hit attack as the Raiders rolled the Saints.
‘Iolani pushed across 11 runs on 10 hits in the bottom of the third and six more runs on eight hits in the fourth.
Shawn Baptiste, Klaie Davis (3) and Cyrus Murakami, Baptiste (3); Troy Odo, Dane Arakawa (4) and John Ryan Matsuura, John Tanaka. W–Odo. L–Baptiste.
Leading hitters–SF: Sosiua Havea, 2B, RBI. Iol: Tiras Koon, 3-3, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Christian Donahue, 3-3, 3B, RBI, 3 runs; Weston Fabro, 3-4, RBI, 3 runs; Tanner Nishioka, 2-2, 2B, RBI, 2 runs; Ryan Matsuura, 2-2, RBI, run.
RADFORD 13, KALAHEO 3
The Rams scored six runs in the top half of the fifth to break open a close game en route to victory over the Mustangs. Radford pitcher Damien Psukarich recorded the complete-game victory and also added a pair of hits.
At Kailua District Park
Damien Psukarich and Troy Evans; Frank Ormonde, Chris Palmer (3) and Justin Pagan. W–Psukarich. L–Ormonde.
Leading hitters–Rad: Kea Owens 2-4, HR; Roscue Kalilikane 3B; Paul Carvallaro 2-3; Psukarich 2-3. Kalh: Palmer 2-3, 2B; Pagan 2-3; Joe Whiting 2-2, 3B.
WAIALUA 16, NANAKULI 14
Kekai Rivera-Albeso had three hits, including a triple, and drove in three runs as the Bulldogs defeated the Golden Hawks. Austin Lopes was 5-for-5 for Nanakuli.
Justin Tantog, Kekai Rivera-Albeso (3) and Christian Whittaker; Austin Lopes, Brandon Felise (7) and Clyton Atualevao, Louis Kalahiki (7). W–Rivera-Albeso. L–Lopes.
Leading hitters–Wail: Rivera-Albeso 3-6, 3B, 3 RBIs; Eetu Saali 3-3, 2B, 4 RBIs. Nan: Lopes 5-5, 3 RBIs; Felise 2-3, 3 RBIs; Atualevao 3-5, 3 RBIs.
WAIPAHU 7, KAIMUKI 5
The unbeaten Marauders overcame seven errors and Jerry Tanupo was 2-for-3 with a triple and a double in a victory over the Bulldogs.
Tevin Nishiyama and Austin Arakaki; Drake Yoshioka and Tyler Nishino. W–Yoshioka. L–Nishiyama.
Leading hitters–Kaim: Chevas Takasaki, 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, run; Dallas Reis, 2-3, run; Ma’anoa Tau, 2-4, 2 RBIs, run. Waip: Jerry Tanupo, 2-3, 3B, 2B; Dylan Sugimoto, 1-4, 2B.
NO. 4 MOANALUA 12, KAISER 2
Na Menehune pounded out 16 hits and scored in each at bat in a six-inning victory over the Cougars.
Bronson Shim, Bryan Yasui (5) and Brandon Kong; Royce Kuromoto, Jordan Alcoran (5) and Makana Lyman. W–Shim. L–Kuromoto.
Leading hitters–Moan: Ross Hasegawa, 2-4; Kamalu Kamoku, 2-5; Bronson Shim, 2-4; Regan Lum, 2-2, 2 RBIs; Jordan Deponte, 2-4. Kai: Royce Kuromoto, 2-4; Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz, 2B, 2RBIs; Jake Torigoe, 2B.
KALANI, ROOSEVELT SPLIT
The Rough Riders pushed across seven first-inning runs in the second game and held on to beat the Falcons 9-7 to earn a split.
Matthew Murakami’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh lifted Kalani to a 5-4 victory in the opener.
At Kahala field
Brandon Ikeda, Mika Caris (7) and Tyris Tominaga; Wilkins Kato, Trevor Ozaki (4) and Jase Furuya. W–Ozaki. L–Caris.
Leading hitters–Roo: Drayson Ito, 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 runs; Tominaga, 2-3, 2B, RBI, run; Leighton Kahooiliha, 2-4. Kal: Matthew Murakami, 3-4, 2B, 3 RBIs, run; Spencer Shiroma, 2-4, 2B, 3B, 2 runs; Chase Sumida, HR.
Bryson Shiraishi, Brandon Valenzuela (1), Brandon Medeiros (5), Cody Nakashima (6) and Jase Furuya, Blake Von Seggern; Edison Sakata, Brandon Hamasaki (7) and Mike Matsuoka. W–Sakata. L–Shiraishi.
Leading hitters–Kal: Wilkins Kato, 4-5, 2B, 5 RBIs; Micah Wong, 2-2, run. Roo: Randon Mamuad, 2-3, 2 runs; Mika Caris, 2-3, 2 RBIs, run.
FARRINGTON SWEEPS MCKINLEY
Paul Reyes went 4-for-6 with two doubles and a triple as the Governors beat the Tigers 11-0 and 18-5.
Ryan Feagaimaalii rapped out three hits in the opener.
At Lanakila Park
Brendan Moi and Brandon Kaneko. Paul Reyes and Bryseon Doctalero. W–Reyes. L–Moi.
Leading hitters–Farr: Ryan Feagaimaalii 3-3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Shane Machado 2-3, 2B.
Ryan Feagaimaalii, Shane Machado (1), Mark Jamorabon (2), Paul Reyes (4) and Bryseon Doctalero; Vincent Hong, Lesley Machiguchi (5), Brian Maja (7) and Brandon Kaneko, Brendan Moi (5). W–Reyes. L–Hong.
Leading hitters–Farr: Reyes, 4-6, 2 2Bs, 3B, 5 RBIs.
NO. 3 KAILUA SWEEPS KAHUKU
Ryan McMonigle was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBIs as the Surfriders beat the Red Raiders 17-0 and 12-4.
McMonigle, Alan Baldwin and Bryson Dymond each scored twice as Kailua dominated the five-inning opener.
Bryson Dymond, Tyler Takata (5) and Rusty Choy Foo, Vierra (5); Hekili Graycochea, Iukini Hughes (3), Michael Sabido (5) and Sampson Mamizuka. W–Dymond. L–Graycochea.
Leading hittlers–Kail: Sasaoka 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs, 2B; Ryan McMonigle, 2-4, 2 runs; Alan Baldwin, 2-4, 2 runs; Dymond, 2-3, 2 runs, 2B, 4 RBIs.
Spencer Nagy, Justin Van Ness (6) and Iukini Hughes; Alika Ramseyer-Ho, Jacob Cobb-Adams (5), Takata (7) and Kea Vierra. W–Ramseyer-Ho. L–Nagy.
Leading hitters–Kah: Michael Sabido, 3-3, 2 runs. Kail: Alika Ramseyer-Ho, 2-4, 2 runs, 2B; McMonigle, 3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Kila Zuttermeister, 2 RBIs.