Kam's Sing Chow one-hits Iolani
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
Iolani School softball coach Chris Shimabukuro's teams have faced Kamehameha ace Leo Sing Chow many times over the past four seasons, but Shimabukuro said Sing Chow never pitched better than she did yesterday.
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Kamehameha's Leo Sing Chow struck out seven in a 3-0 victory.
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"She beat us earlier this season, but she was much tougher this time," said Shimabukuro, referring to Sing Chow's six-hit, eight-strikeout performance in a 4-2 victory over the Raiders Dec. 12. "She keeps getting better and better. Not only was she quick as usual, but her ball was moving today. She was on."
Sing Chow struck out seven and walked two, and allowed only one runner to reach second base. That was Kelly Asato, who got aboard via an error to lead off the game and advanced on a groundout. The error resulted in the only Iolani ball to leave the infield.
Sing Chow proceeded to retire the next 10 batters and 19 of the next 20.
"This was a very motivational game for us, it was intense," Sing Chow said. "I was just trying to focus on my breaking pitches, because against Iolani you can't get by with just speed. You gotta have movement. They're a good power-hitting team, so you have to move the ball around and change speeds."
Sing Chow also was helped by the Warriors taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Ashley Ruff was hit to lead off the inning, then stole second and came home on Kate Robinson's two-out single.
"(The early lead) helped me to relax," Sing Chow said. "From that point on, I knew we just had to play tough defense and we would have a chance to win."
Still, that run was all Kamehameha would get for the next four-plus innings off Raiders starter Ianeta Lei, who escaped jams in the second and third innings and retired eight of nine batters in the middle innings.
Lei, like Sing Chow, was a first-team all-state selection last season.
The Warriors finally got some insurance runs in the sixth, after Brandi Peiler had a one-out single and Gina Cummings got aboard on a fielder's choice that also moved Peiler to second. The runners advanced on a groundout, then came home on Samantha Sardinha's single up the middle.
A half-inning later, Sardinha preserved the no-hitter by stabbing a line drive at second base hit by Lei.
I thought for sure that was going to be a hit," Sing Chow said. "She saved me."
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WPLeo Sing Chow. LPIaneta Lei.
Leading hitters: K Ashley Ruff 2-2, sb; Brandi Peiler 2-3; Samantha Sardinha 1-3, 2 RBIs.
PUNAHOU 33, LA PIETRA 0: Sarah Weisskopf and Mona Char combined on a one-hitter, and Lindsay Fujita and Cherisse Sakumoto each had four hits for the host Buffanblu.
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Punahou (10)68 9X33 31 0
WPSarah Weisskopf. LPJ. Miller.
Leading hitters: PunahouGail Matsushima 3-5, triple; Lindsay Fujita 4-6, double, triple; Natalie Fujimoto 2-2, double; Kaha Weir 3-5; Tina Hamayasu 3-3, triple; Weisskopf 2-3; Cherisse Sakumoto 4-6; Erin Arakawa 2 doubles; Erica Miyabara 3-6; Shanna Dacanay 3-5.
UNIVERSITY 7, MID-PACIFIC 3: Kehaulani Yamaguchi worked six scoreless innings before giving up three runs in the seventh, while striking out 10 and walking three for the visiting Junior Rainbows.
University 100 140 17 9 3
Mid-Pacific 000 000 33 3 3
WPKehaulani Yamaguchi. LPAshley Sato.
Leading hitters: University Brianna Tsukamoto 2-4, double, triple; Tara Hiramatsu 2-4; Dorothy Baga 2-3; Kuulei Padeken 2-3, triple. Mid-PacificKris Shota double.
HBA/SA/SF 3, SACRED HEARTS 1: Randi Miura had three hits and relief pitcher Jaime Shibata allowed two hits over five shutout innings for Hawai'i Baptist/St. Andrew's/St. Francis.
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HBA/SA/SF 100 020 03 4 2
WPJaime Shibata. LPAmber Juan.
Leading hitters: Sacred Hearts Nicole Cazinha double. HBA/SA/SFRandi Miura 3-3; Cheryl Yukuno 2RBIs. HighlightsShibata entered the game in the third and allowed two hits, while walking two and striking out five.
MILILANI 11, NANAKULI 1: Johnna Rowland allowed two hits, including Diana Nakoa's home run, to spur the host Trojans.
Nanakuli (3-7) 000 1001 2 3
Mililani (10-0) 350 11111 8 0
WPJohnna Rowland. LPLehua Yap.
Leading hitters: Nanakuli Diana Nakoa homer. MililaniAdrienne Kasaoka 2-4, triple; Erika Au 2-3, 2 doubles; Miki Asamura double. HighlightsRowland pitched a two-hitter and struck out six.
PEARL CITY 10, 'AIEA 0: Kellie Nishikida hit a grand slam and teamed on a one-hitter with Shantell Lenchanko for the host Chargers.
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Pearl City (6-3-1) 150 12110 7 1
WPKellie Nishikida. LPPukai Castillo.
Leading hitters: Pearl CityNishikida grandslam, 4 RBIs. Amber Pagatpatan 2-2, 2 runs; Stacy Sakata double; Shantell Lenchanko double. HighlightsNishikida and Lenchanko combined for a one-hitter with four strikeouts.
LEILEHUA 6, WAI'ANAE 4: Maile Christian had three hits, including a triple that keyed a two-run fifth inning, to carry the visiting Mules.
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Wai'anae (7-3) 101 020 04 11 3
WPAlexis San-Nicholas. LPTracy Kane.
Leading hitters: Leilehua Maile Christian 3-3, triple, 2 RBIs; M. Correa double. Wai'anaeKane 3-4, 2 doubles; Shaylla Moses triple; Wailana Garden 3-4.
CAMPBELL 7, WAIPAHU 4: Winning pitcher Jenna Sylva also had two hits and two RBIs for the host Sabers.
Waipahu (6-3-1) 100 300 04 5 7
Campbell (8-2) 101 104 x7 10 4
WPJenna Sylva. LPMalama Manuma.
Leading hitters: WaipahuJenna Rosafino double; Maureen Cozo 2-3. CampbellJalen Garcia double, 2 RBIs; Ashley Streadbeck 2-3; Jenna Sylva 2-4, 2 RBIs.
KAPOLEI 12, RADFORD 1: Renee Malachi and Vanessa Vanne each had two hits, and winning pitcher Austi Paris struck out seven in three innings for the host Hurricane.
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Kapolei (4-6) 801 1111 8 0
WPAusti Paris. LPMoani Galaccac.
Leading hitters: RadfordMarlena Faaliga triple. KapoleiRenee Malachi 2-2, 2 RBIs; Vanessa Vanne 2-2; Paris double, 2 RBIs.
KAIMUKI 11, KALAHEO 1: Cryssy Muefu pitched a one-hitter and Tyleen Tausaga batted 3-for-3, including a home run, to boost the host Bulldogs.
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Kaimuki (9-1) 220 06111 7 1
WPCrissy Muefu. LPJayden Lau.
Leading hitters: KaimukiTyleen Tausaga 3-3, double, homer; Sheena Asao double. HighlightsMuefu pitched a one-hitter with six strikeouts.
KAILUA 6, KAISER 0: Courtney Kessell pitched a one-hitter with one walk and nine strikeouts for the visiting Surfriders.
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Kailua (8-2) 202 011 x6 11 1
WPCourtney Kessell (1 walks, 9 strikeouts). LPLindsay Gibu.
Leading hitters: KailuaLoke Lastimosa 2-4, homer; Danielle Young 2-4; Kessell 2-3.
CASTLE 14, MCKINLEY 0: Keala Horner highlighted a seven-run first inning with a grand slam for the host Knights.
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Castle (9-0-1) 714 214 8 0
WPLia Pedrina. LPDawn Y.
Leading hitters: McKinley Jaime K. 2-2. CastleAnu Young 2-3, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs; Keala Horner 2-3, grand slam, 4 RBIs; Sachelle Featheran home run; Puna Waioloma home run.
MOANALUA 4, KAHUKU 2: Mika Tanji pitched a three-hitter for the Menehune.
Kahuku (3-7) 020 000 02 3 0
Moanalua (7-2-1) 010 300 X4 10 0
WPMika Tanji. LPYvonne Arrington.
Leading hitters:Kahuku Kawehi Dayondon double. MoanaluaMarci Uyehara 2-3; Kepua Lee 2-3, double, homer; Tanji 2-3, double, 2 RBIs.
ROOSEVELT 7, FARRINGTON 0: Jenoa Aiko pitched a four-hitter and batted 3-for-3 to lead the visiting Rough Riders.
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Farrington (4-6) 000 000 00 4 2
WPJenoa Aiko. LPCherlyn Ligot.
Leading hitters: Roosevelt Aiko 3-3, triple; Kellie Tanabe 2-4, triple; Ashlie Dutro triple. FarringtonLauren Ligot 2-3. HighlightsAiko struck out seven.