'Aiea rolls by Kalani, 7-1, to earn state tourney slot
By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Brandon Masuoka
WAIPI'O — 'Aiea can start making travel arrangements for the state baseball tournament on Maui.
Na Ali'i clinched their fifth consecutive state tournament berth yesterday by defeating Kalani, 7-1, in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association quarterfinals at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
"Making it to the state tournament was one of our goals," 'Aiea coach Ryan Kato said. "Now we have another goal to shoot after — the OIA championship."
'Aiea, the West Division's top seed, will face East No. 2 Kaiser, in today's 4 p.m. semifinal at CORP. The other semifinal features East No. 3 Kailua against East No. 1 Moanalua at 5:30.
Kalani will visit Leilehua at 4 p.m. today in a consolation bracket game to stay alive for the OIA's fifth state berth.
'Aiea's ace left-hander, Cody Aquino, took three-hitter into the sixth inning yesterday but surrendered Jason Lee's sacrifice fly and left with the bases loaded and a 7-1 lead.
Randy Castillo finished the inning by striking out the next two batters looking, and retired the side in the seventh inning.
"Castillo has got some electric stuff," Kato said. "He's been working extremely hard to be in the position he is in now."
Aquino pitched 5 1/3 innings and allowed one run on four hits and three walks. He struck out three.
"My fielding backed me up, and our hitting came through today," Aquino said. "In the sixth inning, I kind of lost my touch."
"He's our No. 1 pitcher because of his consistency," Kato said of Aquino. "He always hits his spots. It's easy to play defense behind him."
'Aiea scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning off Kalani starter Darren Takemoto. Leadoff hitter Tripper Chung walked and moved to second on a single by Aquino, who was replaced by courtesy runner Casey Yara. Yara advanced to third on Derek Grace's run-scoring double, and after a strikeout, Reid Nakamura hit a two-run single. After Joshua Markwith replaced Takemoto, Nakamura stole second and scored on Brian Morihara's single.
'Aiea scored one run in the second inning on Grace's sacrifice fly, got another run in the third on an error and took a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning on Morihara's run-scoring single.
"I don't think we were focused," Kalani coach Shannon Hirai said. "I don't know how much they wanted this game."
The 2006 Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball State Championship is May 17 to 20 at Iron Maehara Stadium.
KALANI (8-4) 000 001 0—1 4 1
'AIEA (10-1) 411 100 X—7 11 1
Cody Aquino, Randy Castillo (6) and Tripper Chung. Darren Takemoto, Josh Markwith (1), Kenn Kamoto (2) and Jason Lee, Dillon Matsuda (1), Lee (2). W—Aquino. L— Takemoto.
Leading hitters: Kalani—Jason Lee RBI. 'Aiea—Tripper Chung 2-3, double; Derek Grace 1-3, double, 2 RBIs; Reid Nakamura 1-3, 2 RBIs; Brian Morihara 2-3, 2 RBIs; Keenan Naeole 2-2.
KAISER 5, LEILEHUA 0
Toby Inouye scattered seven hits while striking out three and walking one as the host Cougars beat the Mules in a quarterfinal game. Jarryd Maeda went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Kaiser. John Olley and Joshua Pastor each went 2 for 4 for the Mules.
Kaiser will play 'Aiea today at 4 p.m. in a semifinal game at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
LEILEHUA (9-3) 000 000 0—0 7 0
KAISER (10-1) 111 020 X—5 10 1
Brett Nakasone, Casey Yamaguchi (5) and Ehukai Woolley. Toby Inouye and Jarryd Maeda. W—Inouye. L—Nakasone.
Leading hitters: Leilehua—John Olley 2-4; Joshua Pastor 2-4. Kaiser—Colby Ho 2-3, double; Maeda 2-3, 2 RBIs; Scott Uehara 2-4; Noel Okuma double, RBI.
Reported by Peter Ho
KAILUA 4, PEARL CITY 1
Preston Nakata tossed a three-hitter to lead the visiting Surfriders over the Chargers in a quarterfinal game.
Kailua will play Moanalua today at 5:30 p.m. in a semifinal game at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
KAILUA (10-2) 001 100 2—4 7 4
PEARL CITY (8-3) 000 000 1—1 3 4
Preston Nakata and Mike D'Alessio. Jason Tamanaha, Scott Muraoka (7) and Jeff Domingo W—Nakata. L—Tamanaha.
Leading hitters: Kailua—Limihau 2-3. Pearl City—none.
Reported by Mel Seki
MOANALUA 7, CASTLE 2
Kekoa Lee went 2 for 3 with a double and drove in two runs as Na Menehune beat the visiting Knights in a quarterfinal game. David Mohika went 2 for 3 and drove in a run for Castle.
Moanalua will play Kailua today at 5:30 p.m. in a semifinal game at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
CASTLE (7-5) 100 010 0—2 7 2
MOANALUA (10-1) 005 020 X—7 7 2
Pulama Silva, Barron Meyer (6) and David Mohika. Mike Amorozo and Wade Iwanaga. W—Amorozo. L—Silva.
Leading hitters: Castle—Mohika 2-3, double, RBI; Corey Parades 2-3, double. Moanalua—Kekoa Lee 2-3, double, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Monique Albano
PUNAHOU 3, KAMEHAMEHA 2
Zackary Kometani singled in Jeeter Ishida in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Buffanblu over the Warriors at Aloha Stadium.
Matt Suiter had a solo home run for Punahou, which will face Iolani tonight at 7 at Aloha Stadium. Kamehameha will face either Saint Louis or Damien today at a time and site to be determined.
KAMEHAMEHA (6-8) 200 000 00—2 5 1
PUNAHOU (12-2) 000 110 01—3 7 2
Jordan Inafuku, Ashkon Kuhalua (4) and Stuart Kam. Carl Graves, Paul Sneider (6) and Zackary Kometani. W—Sneider. L—Kuhalua.
Leading hitters: Kamehameha—none. Punahou—Matt Suiter solo home run; Kometani 2-4, RBI; Danny Cho double.
Reported by Pua Hayashi
IOLANI 7, MID-PACIFIC 5
Travis Nishioka went 2 for 3 and drove in a run and Reyn Nagamine had a double and a triple as the Raiders beat the Owls at Aloha Stadium.
Iolani will face Punahou tonight at 7 at Aloha Stadium. Mid-Pacific will play Pac-Five today at 4:30 p.m., also at Aloha Stadium.
MID-PACIFIC (7-7) 001 301 0—5 7 3
IOLANI (12-3) 005 011 X—7 10 0
Rick Goto, Austion Floan (3) and Aaron Fujiki. Kela Marciel, Kelsey Outram (4), Chris Johnson (5) and Jarvis Nohara. W—Johnson. L—Floan.
Leading hitters: Mid-Pacific—Adam Tamashiro, triple, RBI; Chad Takabuki triple; Michael Nagamine 2-2. Iolani—Reyn Nagamine 2-4, double, triple; Johnson 2-3, double; Travis Nishioka 2-3, RBI; Brennan Nacario 2-3.
Reported by Pua Hayashi
DAMIEN-SAINT LOUIS, SUSPENDED
The Damien and Saint Louis game was suspended due to darkness in the top of the ninth inning with Saint Louis leading 8-7. The game will be resumed at a site and time to be determined today.
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