Kailua and Moanalua took the field undefeated and tied atop the OIA Red East baseball standings.
A little more than 3 hours later, that’s the way they left the park as well.
Although thunder could be heard in the distance, aside from a brief drizzle, the rain stayed away from the Moanalua area yesterday. But the elements still factored into the division showdown ending in a 6-6 tie.
Moanalua rallied from a 5-0 deficit to tie the game in the fourth. After Kailua went up again in the fifth, Na Menehune answered in the sixth.
Following a scoreless seventh, Moanalua appeared poised to pull out the win in the bottom of the eighth, putting runners on first and second with nobody out. That’s when the umpires spotted lightning, and, as is standard procedure, called a 30-minute delay. When they returned to the field at around 6:35 p.m., the fading daylight became the issue.
Kailua was given about 10 minutes to stretch and warm up before taking the field. But the game was called due to darkness before play resumed.
The Surfriders and Na Menehune, second and third in this week’s Star-Advertiser poll, are scheduled to meet again tomorrow at Kailua with sole possession of first place again at stake.
“That’s baseball, we can’t do anything about it now,” said Moanalua center fielder Michael Egami, who played a central role in both Na Menehune rallies. “But I am looking forward to (tomorrow’s game), it’s going to be a good game. Hopefully it doesn’t end in a tie again.”
Kailua jumped ahead in the top of the first on a two-run double down the right-field line by Kila Zuttermeister, who later scored on an error. The Surfriders’ lead grew to 5-0 on Elijah Davidann’s two-run double with two-out in the third.
Moanalua started its comeback by stringing together three consecutive singles with one out in the fourth. Na Menehune scored their first run on Jordan Deponte’s fielder’s-choice grounder and Myles Higa followed with an RBI single to left. Egami then tripled into left center to score two more runs and scored the tying run on a balk.
“They’re a tough team, they’re not going to sit on their heels and they came back,” Kailua coach Corey Ishigo said.
Kailua reclaimed the lead in the fifth when Alika Ramseyer-Ho singled, advanced to third on a single by Zuttermeister and scored on Bryson Dymond’s infield single.
Moanalua designated hitter James Higa led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to right and after a single by Myles Higa, Egami’s fly ball to left was deep enough to score the tying run.
Na Menehune reliever Regan Lum escaped a bases-loaded jam in the top of the seventh and the game went into the eighth. Moanalua had opened the eighth with two singles, with Myles Higa, who was 3-for-3, coming up and Egami behind him when the lightning, then darkness halted the game.
“We knew they were going to call it,” Moanalua coach Scott Yamada said of the conclusion. “Can’t do anything.”
Game called due to darkness
Bryson Dymond, Ryan McMonigle (6) and Kea Vierra; Bronson Shim, Bryson Yasui (5), Regan Lum (6) and Brandon Kong.
Leading hitters—Kai: Alika Ramseyer-Ho 2-4, 2B; Kila Zuttermeister, 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Elijah Davidann, 2B, 2 RBIs. Moa: Michael Egami 3B, 3 RBIs; Shim 2-2; James Higa 2-3, 2B; Myles Higa 3-3, RBI.
Campbell 4, No. 6 Pearl City 2
Rayven Kahana tossed a three-hitter, striking out seven, to carry the Sabers past the Chargers.
At Pearl City
Rayven Kahana and Po‘okela Ka‘alekahi; Tyler Tokunaga, Sumi Pruett (5) and Isaac Shim. W—Kahana. L—Tokunaga.
Leading hitters—Cam: Ka‘alekahi HR, RBI; Jaris Flora 2B, RBI; Paul Arakaki 2B, RBI. PC: Kai Kealoha 3B; Chevas Numata 2B; Troy Barbosa-Scanlan 2B, RBI.
Waianae 9, No. 9 Mililani 8
Alan Ibanes singled home Kana Kuiee with two out in the bottom of the eighth to lift the Seariders over the Trojans. Sean Stevens tossed four innings of shutout relief for the win.
Cristian Namoca, Jameson Madrid (4), Javien Kahele (6), Pressley Alcover (7) and Wade Taoka; Kana Kuiee, Sean Stevens (5) and Clinton Mahiai-Kala. W—Stevens. L—Alcover.
Leading hitters—Mil: Dustyn Cook 2-3; Reid Uyehara 2-4, 2 RBIs; Justin Revilla 2-3, RBI. Wai: Josh Naki 3-5, 3 RBIs; Austin Reese 2-4, RBI.
Kapolei 7, Aiea 1
Kim Donald and Kealii Silva rapped two-run triples as the Hurricanes erupted for five runs in the sixth inning to beat Na Alii. Junior right-hander Trey Kamachi tossed a complete-game victory, striking out 10.
Kalana Wong, Trevor Ling (6), Wyland Daguro (6) and Taylor Taliulu; Trey Kamachi and William Leskovec. W—Kamachi. L—Wong.
Leading hitters—Aiea: Taliulu 3-4. Kap: Kim Donald 2-4, 3B, 2 runs; Robbie Depp 1-1, 2 RBIs; Kealii Silva 2-4, 3B, 2 RBIs.
Kaiser 5, Castle 4
Austin Ortega clubbed a grand slam as the Cougars rallied for five runs in the second inning to top the Knights.
Elika Jarrett and Robert Fram; Royce Kuromoto, Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz (6) and Makana Lyman. W—Kuromoto. L—Jarrett.
Leading hitters—Cas: Chaz Kobayashi 2-4, 2 RBIs. Kai: Austin Ortega 1-2, HR, 4 RBIs; Andy Verke 3B.
Kalani 13, Kahuku 1
Jase Furuya, Bryson Shiraishi, and Cody Nakashima each had two hits as the visiting Falcons recorded the mercy-rule victory over the Red Raiders.
Trevor Ozaki, Jarrin Nomura (6) and Bryson Shiraishi; Kini Hughes, Justin Vanness (4), Spenser Nagy (5) and Samson Mamizuka.
Leading hitters—Kaln: Jase Furuya 2-3, 2 runs; Shirashi 2-3, 3 runs; Cody Nakashima 2-3, 3 runs. Kahu: Evan Ramirez 2-3; Hughes 2-3.
Kalaheo 12, Kaimuki 5
Christian Palmer drove in three runs and Frank Ormonde scored four times as the Mustangs rode nine Bulldogs errors to victory.
Alika Andres, Christian Palmer (3) and Justin Pagan; Tevin Nishiyama and Austin Arakaki, Justis Hoopii-Dias (5). W—Andres. L—Nishiyama.
Leading hitters—Kal: Palmer 2-5, 3B, 3 RBIs; Frank Ormonde 4 runs. Kai: Nishiyama 2-4; Taku Cossey 3B; Chevas Takasaki 3-3, 2B.
Radford 18, Nanakuli 0
Jesus Tenorio went 4-for-5 with two triples in the first inning as the Rams plated eight runs en route to a mercy-rule victory.
Kea Owens, Jesus Tenorio (4) and Troy Evans; Austin Lopes, Brandon Felisi (5), Louis Kalahiki (5) and Tlyton Atualevao.
Leading hitters—Rad: Tenorio 4-5, 2 3Bs, 4 RBIs; Jobi Fontenot 3-5, 3 RBI; Evans 3-5, 2 RBIs. Nan: Lopes 1-2, 2B.
No. 3 Punahou 11, St. Francis 1
Sophomore first baseman Vanessa Va‘a drove in four runs to power the Buffanblu over the Saints.
Brooke Langsi and Ashley Kahapea-Wagner; Jaci Young, Tai Manu-0levao (5) and Kayla Shimoda. W—Young. L—Langsi.
Leading hitters—Pun: Reina Furuya 2-4, 2B; Jaci Young 3-3; Vanessa Va‘a 2-2, 2B, 4 RBIs.
Kamehameha 11, Maryknoll 1
Misty Hoohuli capped a seven-run, sixth-inning rally with a two-run home run, and Karine Shaver hit a three-run homer as the Warriors routed the Spartans.
Kristin Yamasaki and Carolann Toyama; Sahren Glackin and Reyna Ae. W—Glackin. L—Yamasaki.
Leading hitters—Mar: Kori Nishitomi 2-2, RBI; Carolann Toyama 2-3. Kam: Nohea Keaunui-Gould 3-4; Karine Shaver 1-3, HR, 5 RBIs; Misty Hoohuli 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs.
Sacred Hearts 16, Pac-West 3
Jamie Tang and Nicole Daoang clubbed home runs as the Lancers blew the game open with four runs in the sixth and nine in the seventh.
At Central Oahu Regional Park
Jordyn Waracka and Jordan Nelson; Brandy Okimoto, J. Clanton (4), B. Suckoll (7) and K. Fleming. W—Waracka. L—Okimoto.
Leading hitters—SH: Jamie Tang 2-4, HR, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Nelson 3B, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Waracka 2B, 2 RBI; Michelle Uchida 2-3, 3 runs; Nicole Daoang HR, 2 runs; Tori Nakashima 2 runs. PW: Okimoto 3B, Fleming 2-2, HR.