Campbell, Kapolei win OIA playoff openers
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
Campbell High School senior Anita Manuma already has two softball state championship medals, and she's not ready to give up hope on another.
Manuma pitched a five-hit shutout yesterday to help the visiting Sabers defeat Kaimuki, 4-0, in the first round of the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference playoffs. Campbell (7-6) travels to defending state champion Mililani (11-1) for today's 3:30 p.m. quarterfinals; the winner earns a Division I state tournament berth.
Manuma was an Advertiser All-State first-team outfielder two years ago after helping Kapolei win the Division I state title. She then transferred to St. Francis as a junior, leading the Troubadours to the Division II state crown as a pitcher and shortstop.
Due to problems with her transcript, Manuma transferred to Campbell last fall (her family moved from Makakilo to 'Ewa Beach a year ago). The Sabers were eliminated in the first round of the 2005 OIA tournament.
"This is a young team, but we can still play championship softball," Manuma said. "It's my last year, and I want to go out on a good note. Our team goal is to make it to the state tournament."
Campbell is one victory away from that goal, thanks to yesterday's victory buoyed by Manuma's strong pitching, solid team defense and an opportunistic offense.
The Sabers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after a walk, error and wild pitch. Campbell made it 2-0 in the second after another walk, another wild pitch and Loreen Egdamin's run-scoring single. An inning later, freshman cleanup hitter Kai Clark slammed a one-out pitch over the left-field fence.
The Sabers stretched the lead to 4-0 in the fifth after Manuma's leadoff single, a stolen base and a two-base error.
Manuma, meanwhile, kept the Bulldogs (7-6) at bay with five strikeouts and no walks. Her defense helped by turning two double plays, including a 1-3-2 gem to end the game.
"What Anita has brought to our team is a hard-work ethic," Campbell coach David Perreira said. "She's very talented, but she also works very hard at her skills. We have a lot of juniors and sophomores on this team, and she's teaching the younger players how to take care of business. She knows that to be a champion, it takes hard work."
CAMPBELL (7-6) 111 010 0 — 4 5 2
KAIMUKI (7-6) 000 000 0 — 0 5 2
Anita Manuma and Chanel Baui-Gaui; Genesis Fruean and Louise Fiamate. W — Manuma. L — Fruean.
Leading hitters — Camp: Loreen Egdamin 2-3, RBI; Kai Clark home run.
Kapolei 12, Kahuku 2: Kapolei overcame a 2-0 deficit by scoring 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning to beat Kahuku in an OIA first-round playoff game. Tajia and Ciara Acierto teamed on a six-hitter, and Kaili Smith had two hits and three RBIs to carry Kapolei. Agesha Lightsy batted 3 for 3 for Kahuku.
KAHUKU (2-11) 2 00 00- 2 6 0
KAPOLEI (8-5) (12)00 0X-12 10 0
Keli Saniatan, Marisa Kaeo and Agesha Lightsy, Tatiana Vaimoui. Tajia Acierto, Ciara Acierto and Ashlyn Ashby. W-C. Acierto. L-K. Saniantan.
Leading hitters-Kah: Lightsy 3-3. Kap: Tihane Kaaihue 1-2, double; Jasmin Yoro 1-2, double; Champagne Paris 1-3, double; Kaili Smith 2-2, 3 RBIs.
Reported by Linda Naone
Games postponed: Two OIA first-round playoff games — Nanakuli at Moanalua and Roosevelt at Leilehua — were postponed because of inclement weather. They are scheduled to be played today, starting at 3:30 p.m.
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