Mililani and Pearl City scored one-run victories yesterday to slip into tomorrows Oahu Interscholastic Association softball championship game.
They will meet at about noon at Hawaii Pacific Universitys Windward campus field in Kaneohe.
In semifinals yesterday on the winners fields, Western Division champion Mililani held off Eastern Division co-champion Kaimukis sun-blessed rally, 3-2, and Pearl City made a first-inning home run stand up to beat Leilehua, 2-1.
It was the 39th straight OIA regular season and tournament victory for Mililani, which has won the last two league championships and was state runner-up last year.
Kaimuki and Leilehua will play for third place at 10 a.m. tomorrow at HPU Windward.
In consolation bracket games yesterday, also on the winners fields, Kailua drubbed Castle 11-1 and Waianae beat Moanalua 6-2.
Kailua will play Waianae for fifth place today at 3:30 at Keolu field, Enchanted Lake.
The winner of todays game and all four teams playing tomorrow qualify for the state championship tournament Jan. 31-Feb. 3 at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
At Pearl City yesterday, Charger pitcher Loihi McKeague hit a two-run home run in the first inning to give herself a lead she protected despite giving up six hits by stranding six Leilehua runners.
At Mililani, the Trojans sailed into the sixth inning with a 3-0 lead before Kaimuki and the sun struck.
With one out, Sheena Asoau hit a line drive off the padded ankle of pitcher Miki Asamura for an infield single. Jamie Reyes followed with a single to left, and Sarah Hussey bunted the runners to second and third.
Then Tyleen Tausaga hit a deep fly that Mililani right fielder Jenna Rowland lost momentarily in the sun. She picked it out, but slipped and fell and the ball kissed off her glove for a double, allowing two runs to score.
Asamura, a sophomore, retired the side, and Rowland made amends in the seventh. With the tying run racing toward second, she trapped a blooper to right field and threw out the batter at first base from her knees to end the game.
Mililani scored in the first when Adrienne Kasaokas line drive was dropped for an error, sending home Tiari Keliinoi, who had doubled and advanced on B.J. Shimamotos bunt.
The Trojans made it 3-0 after two outs in the third. Singles by Karyna Wilkerson and Kasaoka and an error loaded the bases. Anuhea Diamond singled to left to drive in two runs.
Mililani is aiming for its fourth OIA championship in Mike Okimotos seven years as the Trojan coach.
KAIMUKI 000 002 0 2 3 3
MILILANI 102 000 x 3 6 1
WP Miki Asamura (9-0). Leading hitters: Kai Tyleen Tausaga double, 2 RBIs. Mil Tiari Keliinoi double; Anuhea Diamond 2 RBIs.
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PEARL CITY 200 000 X 2 5 1
WP-Loihi McKeague. Leading Hitters. Lei-Shalayna Nutter-Gaudet 2-3; Collette Guerro 2-3, RBI. PC-McKeague 3-3, home run, 2 RBI.
KAILUA 11, CASTLE 1: Danielle Young pitched five shutout innings of relief as the Surfriders routed the Knights in a game shortened to six innings. Jana Pintz batted 3-for-3 for Kailua.
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KAILUA 220 142 11 13 0
WP-Danielle Young. Leading Hitters: Kail-Jana Pintz 3-3, 2 RBIs; Pikake Choy Foo 2-3; Shelly Featheran 2-4, 2 RBIs; Young 2-4.
WAIANAE 6, MOANALUA 2: Tracy Kane, pitching for the second consecutive day, tossed a two-hitter with three strikeouts as the Seariders defeated the Menehune. On Wednesday, Kane had 11 strikeouts in a 1-0 loss to Kaimuki.
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WAIANAE 001 050 X 6 5 2
WP-Tracy Kane. Leading Hitters: Wai-Hoku Hamili 2-3, triple.
Correction: Shalayna Nuttergaudet tripled in three runs in Leilehuas 4-3 victory over Kailua Wednesday. Another player was credited with the hit.
Kalani gets seed: Kalanis boys beat Kaimuki 2-1 in a foul-filled game yesterday to earn the Eastern Divisions second seed and an opening-round bye in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Championship tournament.
Both of Kalanis goals were scored on penalty kicks, and two Kaimuki players were ejected in the rough game at Kaimuki.
Grant Arakaki broke a 1-1 tie about midway in the second half after the Kaimuki goalkeeper fouled him on a breakaway and was ejected.
Kalani jumped from fourth place to a tie for second with Kalaheo in the final Eastern Division standings and beat out Kalaheo for the first-round bye on a tie-breaker procedure. The teams had tied 2-2 last week so the combined records of teams each had defeated were compared. The teams Kalani beat had more wins, so the Falcons won the seed.
The schedule and seeds will be announced tomorrow for the tournament, which starts Wednesday.
Kalani has some reason for confidence going into the tournament. The Falcons beat division champion Castle 5-1 and allowed the fewest goals (8) in the East. Goalkeeper Richard Dabbs, sweeper Brad Awaya, stopper Lee Nouchi and fullbacks Scott Harada and Josh Smith led the Falcon defense.
Kalanis Keaka Lee scored on a penalty kick in the first half yesterday and Troy Uehara tied the score in the second half.
A third successful Kalani penalty kick was disallowed because of an encroachment in the box.
"They packed their defense, and the only opportunities we ended up getting were penalty kicks," Kalani coach Greg Van Cantfort said.
Oahu Interscholastic Association
Kailua 4, McKinley 0. Kailua-Stan Drapesa, Cheyne Nakata, Roland Takashita, Joey Shaffer.
Kalani 2, Kaimuki 1. Kalani-Keaka Lee, Grant Arakaki. Kaimuki-Troy Uehara.
Interscholastic League of Honolulu
Iolani 2, St, Francis 0. Iolani-Joni Kaitoku, Tiffany Todo.
Maryknoll 2, Pac Five 0. Maryknoll-Erin Ota 2.
Punahou 5, Mid Pacific 0. Punahou-Lindsay Yuh 2, LesliAnn Kikuchi, Tiffany Taylor, Kristin Hamada.
St. Louis 59, Pac Five 0. Pins: 130 pounds-Sammy Kaneshiro.
St. Louis 48, Pac Five 24.
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