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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, January 22, 2006

Kamehameha beats Saint Francis, 6-2

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kamehameha's Noe Esperas spaced nine hits and struck out 10 in 12 innings for the victory.

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Kamehameha's Jasmine Knight takes a healthy cut on a Brittany Akana pitch.

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For Dara Pagaduan, atonement came with one swing.

The third baseman's two-out grand slam in the top of the 12th inning lifted Kamehameha over Saint Francis, 6-2, yesterday at Kamamalu Field and put the Warriors a game ahead of the second-place Troubadors in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I softball race.

Pagaduan's two-base throwing error in the 10th accounted for the tying run that helped prolong the 3-hour, 20-minute battle.

The Warriors (12-1) can clinch the title Wednesday with a win against Sacred Hearts, 3:45 p.m. at Kamehameha and secure a state tournament berth. The Troubadors (11-2), ILH Division II champions last year, can earn the league's second state berth with a win against Maryknoll, 3:45 p.m. Wednesday at Moili'ili Field. Of course, Saint Francis can force a playoff with a win should the Warriors lose.

"I was mad at myself for that (error)," Pagaduan said. "It feels awesome (to win), but I regret throwing that ball away."

She had nothing to feel ashamed about. Her homer to right-center was her fifth hit in six at-bats yesterday.

"That's Dara," Kamehameha coach Ty Sing Chow said. "I said last year she was a phenom. This year, she's just magical."

The game was unlike the earlier meeting that the Warriors won, 8-0. Aces Noe Esperas of Kamehameha and Brittany Akana of Saint Francis kept their teams in the game with clutch pitching. Esperas gave up nine hits, two runs (one earned) and a walk with 10 strikeouts for the complete-game win. Akana allowed three runs on 11 hits and three walks with a hit batsman and five strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

"It was very nerve-racking," Esperas said. "You just had to hang in there, have confidence throughout the whole game."

It was frustrating for the Troubadors, who tied the score 1-1 in the fourth on Shannon Lum's bullet grounder off first baseman Brittany Clark's glove for an RBI single.

The Troubadors saw the potential winning run thrown out at the plate in the eighth inning on a perfect throw from center fielder Shalese Javillo to catcher Kahea Alohikea that nailed the sliding Kayln Lee.

Also, in the Saint Francis 10th, Kelci Watson reached on Pagaduan's error. Lee followed with an infield single, with Watson taking third. Ashley Smith's ground-rule double scored Watson, but Lee was sent back to third when the ball rolled under the left-field fence. Lee would have easily scored.

In the top of the 12th, the Warriors sent eight batters to the plate. Jasmine Knight led off with a walk, took second on Charina Sumner's sacrifice and stayed there when Javillo reached on a fielder's choice grounder to third. That ended Akana's day.

"She was tired," Saint Francis coach Mark Glushenko said. "We could tell. She didn't have that pop on her ball any more."

Akana was replaced by Sasha Koki, who walked Kaui Tom to load the bases. Clark bunted to the pitcher for a force at home for the second out before Pagaduan's homer cleared the bases.

Javillo drove in Kamehameha's other two runs with a third-inning single and solo homer to right in the 10th.

"Saint Francis, they don't know how to give up," Sing Chow said. "We were fortunate in that our girls don't know how to give up either."

KAMEHAMEHA (12-1) 001 000 000 104 6—12 1

SAINT FRANCIS (11-2) 000 100 000 100—2 9 0

Noe Esperas and Kahea Alohikea. Brittany Akana, Sasha Koki (12) and Ashley Smith. W—Esperas (10 strikeouts). L—Akana.

Leading hitters: Kamehameha—Sharlese Javillo 2-6, home run, 2 RBIs; Kaui Tom 2-5, double; Dara Pagaduan 5-6, double, grand slam. Saint Francis—Smith 3-6, double, RBI; Koki double.

IOLANI 11, SACRED HEARTS 3: Winning pitcher Chelsey Keola batted 4 for 4 with two RBIs to lead Iolani.

IOLANI (10-3) 713 010 0-11 17 1

SACRED HEARTS (4-9) 101 010 0- 3 8 2

Chelsey Keola, Kelly Imada (6) and Kai Masutani, Kelli Ann Lum (5). Joslyn Eugenio, Tiara Ilae (3) and Chelsea Kawai. W-Keola. L-Lum.

Leading hitters-Iol: Masutani 2-3, 2 triples, 2 RBIs; Keola 4-4, double, 2 RBIs; Kaz Masutani 2-2, double, 1 RBI; Allison Chu 2-3; Kyli Ahlo 2-4, 1 RBI. SH: Samantha Saito 2-4; Kiane Dalit 2-4.

Reported by Chris Shimabukuro

Pac-Five 3, Maryknoll 2: Jessica Ghazali pitched a three-hitter and Cara Hasegawa drove in the winning run with no outs in the bottom of the eighth as Pac-Five clinched the ILH Division II championship.

MARYKNOLL (2-12) 001 010 00—2 3 4

PAC-FIVE (6-7) 200 000 01—3 11 2

Ariel Silva and Kim Okaneku. Jessica Ghazali and Cara Hasegawa. W—Ghazali. L—Silva.

Leading hitters—Mary: Joni Shimomura double. P5: Stacie Sueda 2-4; Leann Lariosa 2-4; Reesene Choy 2-4; Ghazali 2-4.

Reported By Dean Sueda

Punahou 11, Mid-Pacific 0: Taila Autele pitched a three-hitter and batted 2 for 3 to pace Punahou.

MID-PACIFIC (2-10) 000 00— 0 3 3

PUNAHOU (5-8) 560 0X—11 10 3

Shelby Drabman, Shari Shobu (1), Kelly Furuike (2) and Kim Onishi, Brianne Ahmook-Sang (3). Taila Autele and Sara Sameshima. W—Autele. L—Drabman.

Leading hitters—Puna: Erin Nagata 2-4; Kelli Kobayashi 2-3, 2 runs; Christen Aona triple, 2 runs; Autele 2-3; Erin Moon 2-3, double.


KAILUA 4, CASTLE 3: Shyenne Hussey doubled and drove in a run as Kailua handed Castle its first loss of the season.

KAILUA (10-2) 002 110 0-4 7 1

CASTLE (10-1) 002 001 0-3 11 4

Krystal Dumandan, Ashley Hopfe (6) and Berittany Tokunaga. Michal Panee and Kehau Fung. W-Dumandan. L-Panee.

Leading hitters-Kail: Shyenne Hussey double, RBI, Jarrish Kaheakua triple. Cas: Kelly Nishitomi 2-4, RBI; Shaunalei Naki triple, Jenna Kon 2-3, Tiffany Farias 2-3.

Reported by Jon Berinobis

Moanalua 5, Kahuku 0: Sarah Robinson pitched a three-hitter with nine strikeouts to lead Moanalua to an O'ahu Interscholastic Association East victory.

MOANALUA (8-4) 050 000 0-5 6 1

KAHUKU (2-10) 000 000 0-0 3 4

Sarah Robinson and Sissy Hillsbary. Marissa Keao, Keli Saniatan (3) and Tatiana Vaimoui, Natiana Tayaba (7). W-Robinson. L-Keao.

Leading hitters-Moa: Glannis Rodrigues 2-4, 1 RBI. Kah: Kaohi Kalili 2-2.

Reported by Anue Santiago

Kaimuki 6, Kaiser 4: Mindy Hirokawa had two RBIs as Kaimuki rallied from a 4-0 deficit.

KAISER (1-11) 000 400-4 6 1

KAIMUKI (7-5) 000 033-6 8 1

Louise Fifamata and Zesha Wells. Marissa Rimia and Sharde Pratt. W-Fifamata. L-Rimia.

Leading hitters-Kais: Rebecca Newman 1-3, 4-run homer; Alex Tuohy 2-3. Kaim: Mindy Hirokawa 1-3, 2 RBIs; Malu Bautista 2-3; Fifamata 1-3, triple; Wells 1-3, triple.

Reported by George LaRosa


Mililani 4, Kapolei 0: Makani Duhaylonsod threw a no-hitter with three strikeouts and batted 2 for 3 to boost Mililani.

MILILANI (11-1) 010 011 1—4 10 1

KAPOLEI (7-5) 000 000 0—0 0 1

Makani Duhaylonsod and Syke Virtudes. Taija Acierto and Kaili Smith. W—Duhaylonsod. L—Acierto.

Leading hitters—Mili: Casey Sugihara 2-3, triple; Duhaylonsod 2-3.

Reported By Linda Naone

Pearl City 7, Campbell 5: Marina Gusman-Brown hit a grand slam and three-run homer, and pitched a five-hitter with eight strikeouts to propel Pearl City.

PEARL CITY (10-2) 040 300 0—7 7 0

CAMPBELL (6-6) 100 300 1—5 5 2

Marina Gusman-Brown and Noelle Hirahara. Lenna Kalua and Chanel Bali-Gaui. W—Gusman-Brown. L—Kalua.

Leading hitters—PC: Gusman 2-4, grand slam, 3- run homer, 2 runs; Corrie Nishikida 2-3, double; Sanoe Aina 2-3, 2 runs. Camp: Kai Clark 2-4; Kalua 2 RBIs.

Reported By David Perreira

leilehua 9, Wai'anae 3: Alex Smith pitched a four-hitter, tripled and drove in two runs to lead Leilehua.

WAI'ANAE (1-11) 003 000 0-3 4 4

LEILEHUA (6-6) 233 100 X-9 17 3

Elizabeth Hanamaikai and Cheylyn Manuel. Alex Smith and Ashley Phillips. W-Smith. L-Hanamaikai

Leading hitters-Lei: Ciera Paracuelles 2-2; Nikki Ige 3-4, 2 runs; Smith 2-4, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Shanell Treu 2-2, triple; Mahealani Christian 2-4; Phillips 2-3.

Reported by Berdina Kubo


Kalaheo 12, Farrington 0: Kaliko Kepa and Kaliko Serrao teamed on a one-hitter, and Lili Cabral batted 4 for 4 with three doubles to carry Kalaheo.

KALAHEO (9-0) 412 14-12 10 0

FARRINGTON (2-7) 000 00- 0 1 5

Kaliko Kepa, Kaliko Serrao and Malia Samson. Stephianne Sanders and Brooke Gascon-Vea. W-Kepa. L-Sanders.

Leading hitters-Kalah: Samson 2-4, double; K. Kepa 2-2, double, 3 RBIs; Lili Cabral 4-4, 3 doubles, 2 RBIs; Jasmine Napiho 2-2, double, 1 RBI.

Reported by Glenn Zukeran.

'Aiea 13, Radford 3: Rayna Strom-Okimoto homered and Tierra Tauanuu batted 3 for 4 to carry 'Aiea.

RADFORD (2-6) 002 010- 3 4 4

'AIEA (6-2) 503 005-13 11 2

Spencer Clark and Puni Kakiwa. Ashley Scharsch and Sasha Andrade. W-Scharsch. L-Clark.

Leading hitters-Rad: Clark 2-3, 1 run. 'Aiea: Rayna Strom-Okimoto homer; Tierra Tauanuu 3-4, 2 runs; Kristine Woodin 2-4, 3 runs; Jayde Tandanguen 2-4, 1 run.

Reported by Tracie Koide

Kalani 16, McKinley 1: Tasha Fong pitched a four-inning no-hitter, and Krystal Patterson hit a grand slam and drove in seven runs for Kalani.

MCKINLEY (3-6) 010 0- 1 0 4

KALANI (2-7) 308 5-16 11 0

Gloria Hong and Trudy Hong. Tasha Fong and Kathy Kinoshita. W- Fong. L- G. Hong.

Leading hitters-Kalan: Nicole Isemoto 1-1, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Kari Odo 2-4, 3 runs; Kinoshita 1-4, 3 runs, 1 RBI; Krystal Patterson 2-3, grand slam, 2 runs, 7 RBIs; Fong 3-4, 1 run, 2 RBIs; Tia Kobayashi 2-4, 1 run.

Reported by George Okada.


Castle 5, Mililani 4: Castle captured the OIA junior varsity championship.

Reach Stacy Kaneshiro at skaneshiro@honoluluadvertiser.com.