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Posted on: Thursday, January 25, 2001

Vikings win first softball championship in 23 years

Advertiser Staff

The Hilo Vikings won the Big Island softball championship for the first time since 1978, defeating Waiakea, 6-0, yesterday in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation tournament final at Walter Victor Stadium.

Hilo, which also won the regular season title, will take a 9-0 record into the state tournament next week at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Oahu.

Waiakea (7-2), which had won the last three BIIF titles under now-retired coach Wayne Abalos, also earned a state berth.

Winning pitcher Cassie Kahana drove in three runs with two hits. Haunani Hasenritter, Pita Hanohano and Diana Nakoa also each had two of Hilo’s 10 hits.


Kamehameha, Iolani tied: Kamehameha held off a rally and Iolani made a rally yesterday, and now there will be a playoff for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu championship.

Kamehameha and Iolani finished the ILH season with 12-2 records.

They will play off at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ala Wai softball field. The site was changed yesterday from the previously announced Cartwright Field.

Kamehameha 6, Sacred Hearts 4: The Warriors led the Lancers 6-1 with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Then Sacred Hearts, which had upset Iolani 11 days ago, erupted. Justina Welch singled home two runs and Pua Reis doubled across two more to close to 6-4 before Leo Sing Chow got the final batter to ground out to second.

Sing Chow had a one-hitter until the seventh.

Brandi Peiler hit a three-run homer to put the Warriors ahead 4-0 in the third.

KAMEHAMEHA 013 010 1 — 6 8 1
SACRED HEARTS 000 000 4 — 4 5 1

WP-Leo Sing Chow. Leading hitters: Kam-Samantha Sardinha solo home run; Brandi Peiler three-

run home run. SHA-Amber Juan 2-3; Justina Welch 2 RBIs; Pua Reis double, 2 RBIs.

Iolani 12, Mid-Pacific 5: The Raiders cut the Owls’ lead to 5-4 in the fourth and took charge with six runs in a fifth-inning outburst featuring Amy Taniguchi’s bases-loaded triple.

Winning pitcher Ianeta Lei hit a two-run homer over the center-field fence in the first inning, but she didn’t hold the lead long. Rosella Leonhardt hit a two-run triple for Mid-Pacific.

MID-PACIFIC 020 300 0 — 5 4 4
IOLANI 200 262 x — 12 10 3

WP-Ianeta Lei. Leading hitters: MPI-Rosella Leonhardt triple, 2 runs scored; Iol-Lei 2-run home run; Tricia Sakamoto 3-4, 2 runs; Eiko Titcomb 2-3; Amy Taniguchi triple, 3 RBIs.

PUNAHOU 7, HBA/ST. FRANCIS/ST. ANDREWS 6: Lindsay Fujita’s single drove in Natalie Fujimoto with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

HBA/SF/SA 000 020 400 — 6 6 5
PUNAHOU 500 010 001 — 7 12 3

WP-Kira Kashiwa. Leading hitters: HBA-Jamie Makiya triple, Randi Miura 2-4, Cindel Zimmerman 2-4. Pun-Erika Miyahira 2-5, Natalie Fujimoto 2-5, Kashiwa 2-5, homer, Lindsay Fujita 2-4, Beth Asano 2-4, Cherisse Sakumoto 2-2.

UNIVERSITY HIGH 10, LA PIETRA 0: Skylar Tokumine pitched a five-inning perfect game with seven strikeouts to lift the Junior Bows over the Kaimana at Ala Wai Playground Field.

Tokumine hit a solo homer and Briana Tsukamoto added a two-run blast to spark a five-run first inning.

LA PIETRA 000 00 — 0 0 5
UHS 502 3X — 10 9 0

WP-Skylar Tokumine. Leading hitters: UHS-Tokumine 2-4, solo homer, 2 RBIs, Tara Hiramatsu 2-4; Briana Tsukamoto 2-run homer.


Oahu Interscholastic Association

Leilehua 1552, McKinley 450. Top shooters: McK-Sivapong Chiragul 188. Leil-Anhtu Nguyen 252


Leilehua 853, McKinley 785. Top shooters: McK-Melisha Gronley 198. Lei-Heather Kiyota 218.

Interscholastic League of Honolulu
Junior varsity

Punahou 1376, Kamehameha 1217. Top shooters: Pun-Christen Kam 237. Kam-Tai 242.

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