The magic number for Mid-Pacific is three.
Any combination of three MPI wins or Punahou losses will net a precious state tournament berth for the Owls. A 7-3 win over Kamehameha last night at Ala Wai Field pushed MPI closer to a lock for second place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu standings — and the last available berth.
MPI improved to 11-3 with four regular-season games left. Punahou lost to Saint Louis and dropped to 6-5. ‘Iolani is 8-7 after a win over Damien.
Kamehameha’s youth brigade slipped to 4-7.
For the Owls, who endured their share of drama recently, it was simple enough. Once ace Travis Garcia-Perreira left after five innings, coach Dunn Muramaru turned to trusted Owls Marcus Doi and Dane Fujinaka.
Doi, the heavy-hitting sophomore, had a 12.60 ERA in five innings on the mound coming into the game. Last night, he went 2-plus innings before yielding to Fujinaka, who moved from catcher to the mound in the seventh and retired the side.
"We put in the guys who can do the job. They’re tough kids," Muramaru said. "All I can ask for is great effort."
Turning to Doi, he added, was not a problem.
"He came out late from basketball. He didn’t have the reps (early in the season)," Muramaru said. "Dane, I know he’s tough, that’s all."
It’s been quite a week since southpaw Lawrence Chew was dismissed from the team. Chew had a 3-1 record with a 1.50 ERA, 22 strikeouts and just five walks in 28 innings, but was let go after ongoing conflicts with coaches and teammates.
"It’s all about the team," Fujinaka said. "Nobody knows what was going on but us. I feel like we’re a team for the first time this season."
Keenen Lum, Keanu Sato (4) and Moku Kukonu. Travis Garcia-Perreira, Marcus Doi (5), Dane Fujinaka (6) and Fujinaka, Doi (7). W–Garcia-Perreira. L–Lum.
Leading hitters–MPI: Justin Protacio 2-4, 2 steals, run; Fujinaka 3-3, RBI, Cy Higashi, 2-3, RBI, 2 runs; Daniel Fentriss 2-2, RBI, run, Matthew Oda 2-3, RBI. Kam: Joe Yokoi 2-3.
NO. 1 SAINT LOUIS 6, NO. 8 PUNAHOU 1
Kaeo Aliviado hurled a complete game, striking out eight, and keyed the offense by going 3-for-3.
At Ala Wai Field
Kaeo Aliviado and Iolana Akau; Tyler Kanazawa, Dylan Combs (3), Nathan Higa (6) and Kainoa Harrison. W–Aliviado. L–Kanazawa.
Leading hitters–SL: Aliviado 3-3, 2 2bs, RBI; Kalei Contrades 2-4, RBI, run. Pun: Rolenn Himuro 2-4; Ryan Yamane 2-3.
‘IOLANI 7, DAMIEN 1
Tiras Koon drove in three runs and five pitchers combined on a four-hitter as the Raiders rolled the Monarchs.
At Central Oahu Regional Park
Dane Arakawa, Bryce Nakamura (3), Chase Wayton (5), Michael Diebold (6), Tyler Ushio (7) and Tiras Koon, John Tanaka; DJ Dudoit, Jeremy Dela Cruz (7) and Alan Mohika. W–Arakawa. L–Dudoit.
Leading hitters–Iol: Christian Donahue 2-5, RBI, run; Tanner Nishioka 2-3, 3b, RBI, run; Koon 2-3, 3b, 3 RBIs; Kody Mento 2-3. Dam: Troy Vicari 1-2, 2b, RBI.
CAMPBELL 4, PEARL CITY 2
Sau Momoe homered and drove in three runs.
Chevas Numata and Isaac Shim; Chadwick Kaalekahi and Kaeo Kapana. W–Kaalekahi. L–Numata.
Leading hitters–PC: Kai Kealoha 2 2bs, run; Tanner Tokunaga 2-3, 2b, run. Cam: Sau Momoe 2-3, HR, 3 RBIs, run; Kapana 2-3, 2b.
RADFORD 18, NANAKULI 2
The Rams scored 14 runs in the top of the first as they dominated the Golden Hawks in five innings.
Troy Evans, Austin Jackson (4) and Damon Puskarich, Evans (4). Brandon Felisi, Clyton Atualevao (1), Isaiah Pavo (4), Louis Kalahiki (4), Austin Lopes (4) and Atualevao, Rashaan Kealoha (1). W–Evans. L–Felisi.
Leading hitters–Rad:Paul Cavallaro 2-2, 3 RBIs; Roscoe Kalilikane 2b, 2 RBIs.
KALAHEO 7, KAIMUKI 6
The Mustangs scored five of their seven runs on passed balls.
At Kailua Recreation Center
Austin Arakaki, Maanva Tau (6) and Stephen Chai, Austin Arakaki (6); Morgan Aggers, Alika Andres (4), Chris Palmer (4) and Justin Pagan. W–Palmer. L–Arakaki.
Leading hitters–Kai:Shawn Kitahara 2-3, 2b.
KAISER 6, CASTLE 3
Winning pitcher Austin Ortega was 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs.
Austin Ortega, Kaipo Oamlda-Schultze (7) and Makana Lyman; Nick Oretta, Dustin Nakayama (7) and Robert Fram. W–Ortega. L–Oretta.
Leading hitters–Kai: Ortega 3-4, 2b, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Lyman 3-4; Andy Verke 3-4, 2 runs. Cas: Jaymason Lee 2-3, 2 runs.
MILILANI 3, WAIANAE 0
Mikey Asamura tossed a one-hitter and Jacob Mariano drove in two runs.
Jobe Cabral and Kala-Mahiai; Mikey Asamura and Wade Taoka. W–Asumura. L–Cabral.
Leading hitters–Mil: Jacob Mariano 2-3, 2 RBIs.
NO. 1 MID-PACIFIC 10, PAC-WEST 0
Keiki Carlos and Kayla Au combined for a five-inning no-hitter.
At Central Oahu Regional Park
Keiki Carlos, Kayla Au (4) and Kaydi Kochi, Taylor Oda (4); B. Suckoll, Jessica Clanton (3) and Brandy Okimoto. W–Carlos. L–Suckoll.
Leading hitters-MP: Kacy Aoki 2-4, 2 runs; Kochi 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Jordan Joy 2-4, RBI, run; Gabi Hollinger 2-3, RBI, run.
NO. 2 ‘IOLANI 5, PAC-FIVE 3
Kim Souza had two home runs as the Raiders defeated the Wolfpack.
At Central OahuRegional Park
Nani Taniguchi and Kirstyn Namba. Sophia Luczak and Cassie Koja. W–Taniguchi. L–Luczak.
Leading hitters–Iol:Kim Souza 2-3, 2 HRs, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Alex Masaquel HR. P5:Alena Hookano 2-4, 3b, run; Kylee Yamamoto 2-3.
NO. 3 PUNAHOU 6, KAMEHAMEHA 2
The Buffablu scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning, securing the win over the Warriors.
At Central Oahu Regional Park
Jaci Young and Kayla Shimoda; Brandi-Lei Smith, Kaya Naiwi (6) and Reyna Ae. W–Young. L–Smith.
Leading hitters–KS:Noheea Keaunui-Gould 2-4; Karine Shaver 2b.
SACRED HEARTS 15, ST. FRANCIS 14
Michelle Uchida singled home Hunter Wilson-Pena with the winning run to cap a five-run, seventh-inning rally.
At Crane Park
Brooke Langsi, Tiffany Trantham (2) and Ashley Wagner; Jordyn Waracka and Jordan Nelson. W–Waracka. L–Trantham.
Leading hitters–SF: Kelcee Santos 2-4, 3 runs; Nalani Antonio 2-5, 2 runs; Kelsie Hee 2-4; Rachel Carlos 2-4, HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Wagner 2-4, 2b, HR, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Shailah Fernandez 2 runs; Langsi 3b; Kennedee Passos 2-3, 3b. SH: Jamie Tang 2 runs; Janelle Saole 2-3, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Waracka 2 runs; Michelle Uchida 3-5, 3b, 4 runs; Tori Nakashima 3-3, 2 runs.
NO. 3 CASTLE 18, KAIMUKI 1
Leisha Liilii had four hits, including two home runs, as the Knights routed the Bulldogs in five innings.
Leisha Liilii and Brooke Kaululaau. EhlenAwaya and Chanel Kamanao. W–Liilii. L–Awaya.
Leading hitters–Cast:Liilii 4-4, 2 HRs, 2b; Brittany Hawn 2-3, HR; Kalena Lessary 2-3, 2 2bs; R. Silva 3b; Kaisha Dacosin 3-4. Kaim:Alison Pologa 2-3.
NO. 7 WAIANAE 8, LEILEHUA 7
Nue Sivia and Kaiulani Kamai hammered home runs as the Seariders held off the Mules.
At Kaala Elementary
Piilani Keopuhiwa and Kristi Keomalu; Megan Tupino and Jasmine Villegas.
Leading hitters–Wai: Nue Sivia 2-3, 3b, HR, 2 RBIs; Kaiulani Kamai 2-4, HR, 2 runs. Lei: Jazmyn Dangaran 2-4, 2 runs; Krystin Kubo 2-3, 3b, 2 RBIs; Kayla Larson 3-4, 2 2bs, 2 RBIs.
KAILUA 11, ROOSEVELT 0
Shealee Koki and Destinee Chang combined on a four-hit shutout.
At Stevenson Middle School
Shealee Koki, Destinee Chang (6) and Sharla Kumai-Farrell; Maho Wada and Krystle Chung. W–Koki. L–Wada.
Leading hitters–Kai: Chang 2-4, run; Jayna Hanawahine 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Kumai-Farrell 2-2, RBI, 2 runs; Amanda Kaleo 2 RBIs; Koki 2 runs; Mahina Turner 1-1, 2 RBIs, run.
KAHUKU 5, KALAHEO 4
The Raiders scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to come back to defeat the Mustangs.
At Hauula Park
Sarah Fitzherbert and Janica Dement. Pitisi Tualau and Aiyana Aipia. W–Tualau. L–Fitzherbert.
Leading hitters–Kalh:Tuaia Elisara 2-4, 3b; Fitzherbert 2-4. Kah:Brooke Beatty 2b; Paige Kauhi 2b; Napua Yamamoto HR; Aipia 2-4.