Pac-Five captures Division II softball
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By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
The Data House Division II Softball State Championships again proved to be the land of opportunity, as Pac-Five took advantage of five Sacred Hearts errors to win the title, 6-0, last night.
The Wolfpack — with eight players from University High, six from Hawai'i Baptist and one from La Pietra — are in their first year as a varsity program.
"Before, we didn't have Pac-Five, so we couldn't go to states," said senior outfielder Stacie Sueda, who had been playing on a "combination team" with St. Andrew's Priory, La Pietra and St. Francis. "It just so happened Pac-Five formed a team this year, my senior year, so this is cool. I'm stoked right now."
Pac-Five jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning helped by three Sacred Hearts errors. A two-base throwing error scored the first two runs, and Leann Lariosa followed with an RBI single. Keline Yoshimura then lined a run-scoring triple into the right-field corner and Brennan Clark brought her home with a single to center.
The Wolfpack made it 6-0 in the fourth after Clark reached on an error, stole second and scored on Courtney Gibo's single to center.
Meanwhile, Pac-Five starter Jessica Ghazali was cruising along, taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. She got the first two outs on a strikeout and grounder to third, but Tiara Ann Ilae walked and Samantha Saito laid down a slow bunt that rolled just to the left of Ghazali for the Lancers' first hit.
Ilae was then caught stealing at third to end the inning.
Ghazali finished with a one-hitter, striking out five.
Kamehameha-Hawai'i defeated 'Aiea, 5-0, to finish third in the Division II tournament.
KS-HAWAI'I (13-3) 031 001—5 6 0
'AIEA (9-5) 000 000—0 4 2
Courtney Poai and Kozi Toriano; Ashley Scharsch and Sasha Andrade. W—Poai. L—Scharsch.
Leading hitters —KSH: Poai home run, 3 RBIs. 'Aiea: Rayna Storm-Okimoto 2-3, triple.
KAPOLEI 2, MOANALUA 1
Tajia Acierto pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk to lift the Hurricanes over Moanalua for third place.
Champagne Paris hit a solo home run and Ashlyn Ashby had a sacrifice fly for Kapolei.
KAPOLEI (12-8) 001 000 1 — 2 5 0
MOANALUA (14-6) 000 010 0 — 1 1 0
Tajia Acierto and Ashlyn Ashby; Sarah Robinson and Shelby Nakachi, Traci Yoshikawa. W—Acierto. L—Robinson.
Leading hitters—Kap: Champagne Paris home run.
BALDWIN 0, KAMEHAMEHA 0
Kamehameha's Noe Esperas pitched a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts and one walk and Baldwin's Nicole Alconcel tossed a four-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks as the teams played to a tie because of a time limit.
BALDWIN (14-1-1) 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
KAMEHAMEHA (13-2-1) 000 000 0 — 0 4 0
Nicole Alconcel and Sanoe Kekahuna; Noe Esperas and Jennifer Alohikea.
Leading hitters—Bald: Alconcel double.
CAMPBELL 1, ST. FRANCIS 1
Campbell's Anita Manuma hit a home run in the first inning and St. Francis' Shannon Lum had a sacrifice fly in the third as the teams played to a tie because of a time limit.
CAMPBELL (9-9-1) 100 000 0 — 1 7 0
ST. FRANCIS (12-3-1) 001 000 0 — 1 7 1
Leinna Kalua and Kai Clark; Brittney Akana and Ashley Smith.
Leading hitters—Cam: Loreen Egdamin 2-3; Anita Manuma home run; Vai Confer triple. SF: Jovan Hire 2-2; Smith double; Sasha Koki double.
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