Pearl City wins Division I
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By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
Pearl City won its first state softball championship since 1992 by holding off defending Division I champ Mililani, 2-1, last night before a vocal overflow crowd of about 1,250 at Rainbow Wahine Stadium.
Senior Corrie Nishikida pitched a five-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk, and Kanani Numata went 3 for 3 and drove in both runs for the Chargers (17-3).
"It feels super good — it's our senior year and we just went all out," said Nishikida, a right-hander. "We had some troubles during the season, but after the (O'ahu Interscholastic Association) tournament we said we won't get anywhere if we separate from each other; we have stay all as one."
Nishikida was the glue during the state tournament, tossing three consecutive complete games after splitting most of the pitching duties this season with fellow senior Marina Gusman-Brown.
"She's got tons of heart," Pearl City coach Keoke Behic said. "Her knee was sore and her arm was tight, but tonight she was all adrenaline, 100 percent."
Pearl City took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when leadoff batter Gusman-Brown reached on an error, stole second and third, and scored on Numata's double into the right-center field gap.
Gusman-Brown scored again to make it 2-0 in the fifth after reaching on a fielder's choice, stealing second and coming home on a two-out bloop single to right field by Numata.
Mililani closed to 2-1 in the sixth when Dana Lee singled to center with two outs, advanced to second on Makani Duhaylonsod's single to right and scored on another single to right by Skye Virtudes. But Nishikida got a pop up to escape further damage.
Nishikida then set down the Trojans (16-4) in order in the seventh, ending the game with a strikeout.
"Corrie was hot all tournament, and you gotta go with who is hot," Mililani coach Rose Antonio said. "She did a hell of a job."
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