Santos lifts Kailua over Castle
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
The 17 major league scouts who attended yesterday's O'ahu Interscholastic Association Eastern Division opener saw Kailua High School pitcher Kamaile "Doof" Santos use a five-pitch arsenal to handcuff Castle for four inings.
Then they all left, most heading out to catch other action around the island.
What they missed was Santos digging down deep to escape threats in the final three innings and also deliver an RBI single to lead the Surfriders to a 3-1 victory over their arch rivals.
Santos, who has signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Hawai'i next year, allowed six hits and one earned run. He struck out 11 and walked two.
Santos' run-scoring single in the sixth ignited a three-run rally, and, after allowing one run in the bottom of the seventh, he got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the game.
"All I wanted was for us to get this first win," said Santos, a right-hander. "We didn't want to start the season 0-1. And Castle is a scrappy team, so I'm sure they didn't want to lose, either, especially to Kailua."
Santos, whose fastball was clocked at 86 mph at a Major League Scouting Bureau camp last summer, fed the Knights a varied diet of fastballs, splitters, sliders, curves and change-ups. He said he couldn't help but notice the scouts pointing their radar guns at him from behind the backstop, but he managed to focus on the task at hand.
"It made me a little nervous, but my coach told me just to pitch my game," Santos said. "He told me that with the scouts here, just keep the fastball low and don't overthrow. My change-up was great for my set-up, and actually all my pitches were working. I just kept to the game plan."
The plan was good enough to match Castle starter Ryan Lum in a scoreless duel for the first five innings. Santos' bloop single in the sixth brought home pinch-runner Jason Moore, and he scored on a double by Levi Manutai. Bronson Ho's RBI single made it 3-0.
Castle drew two walks to lead off the sixth, but Santos set down the next three batters to squash the rally. The Knights scored a run on Scott Shinsato's double in the seventh and had the bases loaded with one out. But Santos got a strikeout and force out to kill the rally.
"You gotta give him credit, he's the only guy to shut us down recently," Castle coach Joe Tom said. "We'd been averaging double-digit hits in our last several outings. But Kamaile is competitive and he's into the game. He's out there to win, from the first pitch to the last."
Kailua coach Corey Ishigo said he wasn't concerned about how the scouts' presence might affect Santos.
"Doof likes the spotlight, he always wants the ball in the big games," Ishigo said. "I think he's mature enough to know that the team comes first, before his own glory. His biggest asset is inside his heart. He badly wants to win, and he'll do whatever it takes whether it's pitching, hitting or playing in the field. You can't measure that."
SHORT HOPS: Tom said in addition to Santos, scouts likely were observing Castle shortstop Jordan Tom and Knights catcher Jason Taniguchi. All three had attended a scouting bureau camp last summer. ... Dan Dixon, a scouting bureau representative, was in attendance and said the bureau plans to hold a camp here June 21. Unlike last year's camp, which was limited to invited high school players, Dixon said this one will be open to players between the ages of 16 and 22. A formal announcement will be made later.
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Kamaile Santos and Chad Nishizuka; Ryan Lum and Jason Taniguchi. WPSantos. LPLum.
Leading hitters: Kail Cody Teixeira Vickery 2-3, double; Levi Manutai 2-3. CasScott Shinsato 2-3, double; Lum 1-3, triple.
Roosevelt 11, Kaiser 4: Brandon Loo hit two home runs and winning pitcher Chris Mols drove in three runs to power Roosevelt.
Mols allowed five hits and struck out 10 in six innings.
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Kaiser (0-1) 040 000 04 5 5
Chris Mols, Marvin Rombana (7) and Kevin Fujii. Jason Peters, David Chu (7) and Kyle Nerona.
Leading hitters: Roos Corey Higa 3-5, 3 runs; Ivan Fujii 2 RBIs; Mols double, 3 RBIs; Brandon Loo 2-3, 2 home runs, 3 RBIs; Derrick Shigano 3-4, 2 runs. KaiserPeters double, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Duke Chinen
Moanalua 13, Farrington 1: Geoffrey Say, Scott Batula and Neal Manutai homered, and Lorin Nakagawa drove in four runs to power Moanalua.
Chris Faavesi had two doubles for Farrington.
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Criston Barba and Josh Badua. Kyle Nakamichi, Adamm Bird (5) and Brett Tanigawa. WPNakamichi. LPBarba.
Leading hitters: Far Chris Faavesi 2-2, 2 doubles. MoanGeoffrey Say 3-3, homer; Lorin Nakagawa 2-3, double, triple, 4 RBIs; Scott Batula 2-3, triple, homer, 3 RBIs; Neal Manutai 3-run homer; Tanigawa 2-3.
Reported by Cari Yanaga
Kalaheo 6, Kaimuki 3: George Starkes homered and three pitchers teamed on a three-hitter for Kalaheo.
Tino Caires homered for Kaimuki.
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Nick Sargent, Grant Shiroma (2), Scott Galusha (4) and Jacob Myking. Jay Tokuuke, Shaye Asoau (7) and Leland Ohelo. WPGalusha. LPAsoau.
Leading hitters: Kal Michael Garcia 2-3, double; Chris Kojima triple; George Starkes homer. KaimTino Caires 2-4, double, homer; Matt Jenkins 2-3, double.
Reported by Amber Reyes
Kahuku 10, McKinley 7: Kyle Jalrano sparked a 14-hit attack by batting 3-for-4 to carry Kahuku.
Tyson Kaneshiro doubled and tripled for McKinley.
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Kyle Pao, Brent Au (5), Corey Supranovich (6) and Alex Ponciano. Blaine Yoshino, Evan Costas (6), Ty Tokunaga (7) and Tyson Kaneshiro. WPPao. LPYoshino.
Leading hitters: Kah Supranovich 2-4; Kyle Jalrano 3-4; Spencer Colburn 2-3, double; Jeremiah Bonnet triple, 2 RBIs. McKKaneshiro 2-5, double, triple.
Reported by Katie Uechi
Pearl City 11, Radford 1: Jonathan Serapion pitched a two-hitter with five strikeouts and no walks for Pearl City.
Ryan Tanabe had two hits and two RBIs for the Chargers.
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Kori Wade, Andrew Atmospera (4) and Reilly Kindred. Jonathan Serapion and Kellen Concapcion. WPSerapion. LPWade.
Leading hitters: Radford Wade homer. Pearl CityRyan Tanabe 2-4, double, 2 RBIs; Brandon Wythes 2-2; Brandon Yamamoto double, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Mel Seki
Campbell 6, Waialua 5: Pinch-runner Anthony Dutro scored the game-winner on an infield error in the bottom of the eighth for Campbell.
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Campbell (1-0) 200 003 016 12 4
Charles Tantong, Gavin Nakamura (7) and Keone Peiller, Tantong (7). Bill Tennent, Prentiss Anderson (5) and Jacob Cadelinia. WPAnderson. LPNakamura.
Leading hitters: Wai Kana Kawai 3-3. CampbellJason Scholl 2-4, Keahi Kapana 2-3; Cadelinia 2-4.
Reported by Lane Watanuki
Leilehua 5, Nanakuli 1: Spencer Omalza pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts to lift Leilehua.
Daylen Hale hit a two-run single during a three-run first inning for Leilehua.
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Spencer Omalza and Ricky Paderes. Michael Nakagawa and Clyde Asinsin. WPOmalza. LPNakagawa. Leading Hitters: LeiDaylen Hale 2 RBIs.
Reported by Houston Anderson
'Aiea 10, Waipahu 1: 'Aiea broke open a close game by scoring five runs on six hits and an error in the fifth inning.
Blake Lamug spaced four hits over five innings, and struck out three for Na Ali'i.
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Jels, Garebiles (5) and Fauatea. Blake Lamug, Dustin Grace (6) and Justin Nii. WPLamug. LPJels.
Leading hitters: 'AieaAaron Powell 2-4, double; Chase Kaiuwailani 2-4, double; Kepa Wong 2-4; Bryan Tucker triple, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Ryan Kato