Castle, Mililani in OIA title game
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
A surprise start by Anuhea Young turned into bad news for the Kailua High School softball team yesterday.
Young, a junior right-hander, pitched a one-hitter against the Surfriders to lead host Castle to a 3-0 victory in an O'ahu Interscholastic Association semifinal.
The Knights will play Mililani, a 5-0 winner over Leilehua, for the championship tomorrow at Kapolei High School. Both teams are 12-0. The title game will begin 25 minutes after the completion of the 11 a.m. third-place game between Kailua (10-3) and Leilehua (9-4).
Young probably will not get the start for Castle, but she did more than her share yesterday. Making her first start of the year, Young took a perfect game into the fifth inning and allowed only two Kailua batters to reach second base.
Young is the Knights' starting catcher, and her only other pitching appearance came in a relief effort against Moanalua.
"They warned me about (the start) yesterday and I found out when I showed up today," Young said. "It was kinda scary out there."
Knights coach Jon Berinobis said he and his staff decided to start Young after ace Lia Pedrina threw almost 100 pitches in Wednesday's 5-0 quarterfinal victory over Roosevelt.
"We wanted to give Lia some rest," Berinobis said. "It was in the back of our mind before the tournament. We knew we might need a second pitcher because we didn't think Lia would be as effective if she was tired. We thought about it overnight and decided to go with Anu."
Young got strong support from her defense, which played error-free ball, and her offense, which scored two runs in the second inning and added an insurance run in the sixth.
The second-inning runs came when Megan Cravalho reached home on a fielder's choice and Keala Horner scored on Sachelle Featheran's single.
Young did the rest, allowing only a fifth-inning single to Tanisha Milca and a walk to Loke Lastimosa. The only other Surfrider to reach base was Cheyene Cavaco, who got aboard on a fielder's choice.
"We just didn't hit, period," Kailua coach Bernard Victor said. "We didn't do our job. But she's a good pitcher. When a pitcher's on like that and you're not hitting, you cannot do anything."
Young said her strategy was to avoid throwing outside pitches, and she felt more comfortable after the early 2-0 lead.
"As long as we had the lead, I felt good," Young said. "I was more nervous at the end, because I was scared of them timing the ball. I just tried to keep it on the inside and jam their hands so they couldn't extend."
Berinobis said his confidence in Young never wavered.
"I knew she could do it, because she's a battler," Berinobis said. "The only thing about having her pitch is we didn't want to lose anything behind the plate. But Kristen Uza stepped in and did a great job back there."
KAILUA (10-3) 000 000 00 1 1
CASTLE (12-0) 020 001 x3 5 0
WP Anuhea Young. LPDanielle Young.
Leading hitters: Kail Tanisha Milca 1-3. CastYoung 1-1; Keala Horner 1-2, RBI; Sachelle Featheran 1-3, RBI.
MILILANI 5, LEILEHUA 0: Johnna Rowland and Miki Asamura combined for the shutout, allowing two hits, to help the Trojans earn a berth in the OIA championship game.
Charity Senas went 3-for-3 for the Trojans. The Mules were hurt by five errors, including three in the sixth which contributed to three Mililani runs.
An error also helped the Trojans score their first two runs in the third inning.
LEILEHUA (9-4) 000 000 00 2 5
MILILANI (12-0) 002 003 x5 6 2
WPJohnna Rowland (5 innings, 4 strikeouts). LPAlexis San Nicholas.
Leading hitters: MiliCharity Senas 3-3.
Reported by Miki Asamura
KAIMUKI 2, MOANALUA 1: Punohu Aiko scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs to advance to the fifth-place game against Campbell.
Kaimuki and Campbell play at 3:30 p.m. today at Kapolei High School for the OIA's final berth in the state tournament.
MOANALUA (8-5) 000 000 101 6 1
KAIMUKI (10-2) 000 000 112 8 2
WPCrissy Moefu. LPMika Tanji.
Leading hitters: KaimTyleen Tausaga 2-4, double; Sheena Asoau 3-4, tying RBI; Uilani Hilogo double; Punohu Aiko 2-4; Umu Matealona game-winning RBI.
Reported by Lene Tausaga
CAMPBELL 2, ROOSEVELT 1: Jolani Bobbit scored on an error with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
Jenna Sylva allowed one run on three hits, striking out five. Kelly Tanabe also had a complete game for the Rough Riders.
ROOSEVELT (7-6) 000 010 0001 3 2
CAMPBELL (9-3) 000 001 0012 7 8
WPJenna Sylva (three-hitter, five strikeouts). LPKelly Tanabe (complete game).
Leading hitters: RoosAiko Genoa double. CampKe'alohi JoVonna double; Ashley Streadbeck double; Alicia Pada double.
Jolani Bobbit scored (single), two outs, throwing error
Interscholastic League of Honolulu
Pac-Five 2, St. Louis 1. PacDaniel Lau, Mitchell Fu. St. LDom Jovanni Cueva.
Kamehameha 7, Damien 0. Kekoa Smith 3, David Gualdarama 2, Makana Prothero 2.
Punahou 4, Mid-Pacific 0. Satoshi Mitsuda, Matthew Culver, George White, Christopher Rania.
O'ahu Interscholastic Association
Kalani 3, Kahuku 1. KalanLesley Fujitani, Cherissa Tamayori, Lauren Cheng. KahuMarisha Huddy.
Moanalua 2, Kaimuki 0. Peperlyn Baquio, Kimberly Ito.
McKinley 1, Farrington 0. Kari Shimomura.
Kahuku def. Kalani by forfeit
Kamehameha first winner: Kamehameha won both events in the first regular-season Interscholastic League of Honolulu cheerleading competition yesterday at Kekuhaupi'o Gym at the Kamehameha Schools.
The second regular-season competition will be held next Friday at Punahou and the league championships Feb. 23 at a site to be determined. The first sanctioned state high-school championships will be held at Stan Sheriff Center on March 3.
Stunts: 1, Kamehameha. 2, Punahou. 3, Iolani. 4, Hawai'i Baptist. 5, Maryknoll.
Cheering: 1, Kamehameha. 2, Punahou. 3, Iolani. 4, Hawai'i Baptist. 5, Maryknoll.