Mililani turns back St. Francis, 3-0
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
Defending Division I champion Mililani advanced to the Data House State Softball quarterfinals last night by skirting past 2005 DII champ St. Francis, 3-0, in first-round action at the University of Hawai'i's Rainbow Wahine Stadium.
The Trojans (13-3) will play Maui Interscholastic League champion and No. 3 seed Baldwin (14-0) in today's semifinals at 6 p.m. Interscholastic League of Honolulu runner-up St. Francis fell to 12-3 and will play Waiakea (12-6) in today's consolation bracket.
Starters Brittney Akana (St. Francis) and Makani Duhaylonsod were locked in a scoreless duel for the first four innings.
In the top of the fifth, Mililani's Jaimee Aiwohi got aboard on a one-out single but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice grounder by Tierra-Lyn Cuba. Casey Sugihara followed with a single to left, then Kim Goo blooped a single into short right field, scoring Cuba and Sugihara.
The Trojans made it 3-0 in the sixth after Skye Virtudes led off with a single. Courtesy runner Chanelle Senas then advanced to second on Celina Garces' one-out sacrifice and scored on a double to center by Aiwohi.
St. Francis had threatened in the fourth when Jandee Taira got aboard on a one-out walk and stole second and third. But Duhaylonsod escaped the inning with a strikeout and groundout to second. The Troubadours also got a runner to third in the fifth, when Alisha Sakamoto led off with a bunt single and advanced on two groundouts.
But Duhaylonsod, a sophomore right-hander, again escaped with an inning-ending grounder to first.
MILILANI (13-3) 000 021 0 — 3 9 0
ST. FRANCIS (12-3) 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Makani Duhaylonsod and Skye Virtudes; Brittney Akana and Ashley Smith. W—Duhaylonsod. L—Akana.
Leading hitters — Mili: Kim Goo 2-4, 2 RBIs; Jaimee Aiwohi 2-3, double, RBI; Virtudes 2-3; Casey Sugihara 2-4; SF: Smith 2-3.
Moanalua 11, Waiakea 0: Moanalua entered this week's state championships somewhat under the radar, having finished fifth in the OIA.
After yesterday's first-round whitewash of Waiakea, Na Menehune are front and center.
Moanalua (12-6) faces OIA champion and No. 2 seed Kailua (12-2) in today's quarterfinals at 4 p.m. at the University of Hawai'i's Rainbow Wahine Stadium. Big Island Interscholastic Federation runner-up Waiakea (7-4) falls into the consolation bracket.
Sophomore Sarah Robinson pitched a two-hitter yesterday with eight strikeouts and no walks and went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer that ended the game due to the 10-run rule with one out in the bottom of the fifth.
"I was fully pumped and ready for today," said Robinson, who struck out the first three batters and did not allow a base runner until the fourth inning. "We're kind of underdogs in this tournament, but we wanted to show that we're more than just an average team."
Robinson, a 5-foot-9 right-hander, made her statement early, needing just 12 pitches to strike out the side in the first. She retired the next three batters on a lineout and two infield popups, then got two strikeouts and a foul pop in the third before Liane Shikuma broke up the perfect game leading off the fourth.
By that time, Na Menehune led 3-0, after Shelby Nakachi's two-run single and Dawn Dela Cruz's RBI single in the first. That was more than enough run support for Robinson, who did not allow a runner past second base.
"She throws like the best we have (in the BIIF)," Warriors coach Bo Saiki said. "I tried to tell our girls to stay back in the box and and be aggressive, because she's not going to walk anybody."
Moanalua made it 7-0 in the fourth after two errors, a wild pitch and four hits, including run-scoring singles by Robinson and Britni Ronolo. Robinson then took matters into her own hands in the fifth, slamming a pitch over the left-field fence to end the game.
"I just wanted to end it already," Robinson said. "I didn't want to pitch all seven innings."
That pleased Na Menehune coach Mitch Matsumoto, who liked the fact Robinson needed only 62 pitches.
"A short game like this helps," Matsumoto said. "We get to save Sarah's arm."
Robinson already defeated Kailua once during the regular season. Her sister Kate, who plays for the University of Hawai'i, won a state championship in 2002 with Kamehameha. And now Sarah wants one for herself.
"That's been one of my goals," Robinson said. "I want to achieve everything she did, and maybe even more."
WAIAKEA (7-4) 000 00 — 0 2 2
MOANALUA (12-6) 300 44 — 11 11 0
Dayna Wong, Leah Napeahi (5) and Harley Parks; Sarah Robinson and Shelby Nakachi. W—Robinson. L—Wong.
Leading hitters — Wai: Laine Shikuma 1-2; Kristy Imai 1-2; Moa: Traci Yoshikawa 3-4, RBI; Robinson 2-3, home run, 4 RBIs; Nakachi 1-3, 2 RBIs; Jamie Ronolo 1-2, triple; Britni Ronolo 1-2, double; Dawn Dela Cruz 1-2, RBI.
PEARL CITY 6, CAMPBELL 4
Marina Gusman-Brown hit a two-run homer over the right-center field fence with no outs in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Chargers past the OIA Western Division rival Sabers.
Pearl City (13-3) will play Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion and No. 1 seed Kamehameha (13-1) in tonight's feature quarterfinal at 8.
Campbell (8-9) had led 4-2 going into the top of the sixth, when the Chargers tied it after an infield error led to two unearned runs. The tying run scored on a 40-foot sacrifice fly in the foul territory near first base, when Breanne Patton made a nice catch at the fence but the Sabers were late covering home plate.
Pinch-hitter Nicole Oki led off the top of the seventh with a single, then Gusman-Brown slammed a 1-0 pitch over the fence.
PEARL CITY (13-3) 011 002 2 — 6 6 1
CAMPBELL (8-9) 210 100 0 — 4 7 1
Marina Gusman-Brown, Corrie Nishikida (4) and Noelle Hirahara; Leinna Kalua, Anita Manuma (6) and Chanel Baui-Gaui. W — Nishikida. L — Manuma.
Leading hitters — PC: Gusman-Brown 2-3, home run, 2 RBIs; Janelle Tamura 1-2, RBI; Shanna Vierra 1-3, double; Cam: Loreen Egdamin 2-3, RBI; Anuhea Yamaguchi 2-3.
KAPOLEI 7, LEILEHUA 0:
The Hurricanes scored five runs in the first inning after two bases-loaded walks, a wild pitch and an error and Tajia and Ciara Acierto combined on a one-hitter to lead Kapolei past the OIA Western Division rival Mules.
The Hurricanes (10-7) will play BIIF champion and No. 4 seed Hilo (10-1) in today's quarterfinals at 2 p.m. Leilehua (9-8) will play Campbell in a consolation bracket game at 10 a.m.
LEILEHUA (9-8) 000 000 0—0 1 6
KAPOLEI (10-7) 501 100 X —7 3 0
Chelsea Crawford, Tiana Vierra (1) and Vierra, Mahea Punley (1); Tajia Acierto, Ciara Acierto (5) and Ashlyn Ashby, Sasha Morales (5). W—T. Acierto. L—Crawford.
Leading hitters — Lei: Vierra 1-2. Kap: T. Acierto 1-2, 2 RBIs; Champagne Paris 1-2, 2 runs.
'AIEA 3, KONAWAENA 1
Ashley Scharsch pitched a one-hitter with seven strikeouts and Na Ali'i scored all three of their runs in the first inning.
KONAWAENA (9-4) 000 100 0—1 3 3
'AIEA (8-2) 300 000 X—3 2 0
Kayla Kurashige and Katti Bowman. Ashley Scharsch and Sasha Andrade. W-Scharsch. L-Kurashige.
Leading hitters-Kon: Candace Fujino 1-3. 'Aiea: Tasha Johnson 1-3; Rayna Strom-Okimoto 1-3.
WAIPAHU 19, KOHALA 17
Silia Nuu had three hits and three RBIs, and Krissaundra Noga homered and drove in four runs as the Marauders won a slugfest.
Lavinia Holschuh batted 5 for 5 the Cowgirls.
WAIPAHU (8-3) 326 212 3-19 13 7
KOHALA (NA) 220 423 4-17 17 8
Elsa Apo, Silia Nuu and Krissaundra Noga. Lavinia Holschuh and Kylie Gonsalves. W-Apo. L-Holschuh.
Leading hitters-Waip: Nuu 3-6, 3 RBIs, 5 runs; Noga 2-4, homer, 4 RBIs; Maile Spencer 2-5; Apo 2 RBIs, 3 runs. Koh: Gonsalves 3-3, 4 runs; Holschuh 5-5, 2 runs; Chelsey Uternei 3-6, 2 RBIs.
SACRED HEARTS 11, MOLOKA'I 1
Kiane Dalit had two hits and two RBIs, and Chelsea Kamai drove in three runs to lead the Lancers.
Shalai Borden homered, and Shardai Cesairo-Mavou and Tawney Fernandez each had two hits for the Farmers, who outhit Sacred Hearts 9-5.
MOLOKA'I (7-8) 000 001- 1 9 4
SACRED HEARTS (5-11) 400 322-11 5 0
Kristan Forsberg and Shardai Cesairo-Mavou. Joslyn Eugenio and Chelsea Kamai.
Leading hitters-Mol: Shalai Borden 2-6, homer; Cesairo-Mavou 2-3; Tawney Fernandez 2-2. SHA: Kiane Dalit 2-4, triple, 2 RBIs; Kamai 1-4, 3 RBIs.
KAMEHAMEHA-HAWAI'I 6, KING KEKAULIKE 4
Sierra Gacayan and Shaleigh Gacayan each had two hits and two RBIs to lead Warriors to victory.
Kelsey Nobriga had two hits and two RBIs for Na Ali'i.
KING KEKAULIKE (7-4-1) 004 000 0—4 5 2
KAMEHAMEHA-HAWAI'I 003 300 X—6 6 1
Kandyce Love and Randi Gutina. Courtney Poai, Angel Mahaulu (3) and Kozi Toriano. W—Mahaulu. L—Love.
Leading hitters—KK: Kelsey Nobriga 2-3, 2 RBIs. Love 2-4. KS-Hawai'i: Sierra Gacayan 2-3, 2 RBIs; Shaleigh Gacayan 2-3, double, 2 RBIs.
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