Kapolei tops Campbell, 4-1
|Photo gallery: Campbell vs. Kapolei Softball|
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
By Wes Nakama
KAPOLEI — Kapolei awoke from a slow start yesterday to rally past crosstown rival Campbell, 4-1, in O'ahu Interscholastic Association softball action.
The Hurricanes, ranked No. 4 in The Advertiser's statewide Top 10 poll of coaches and media, improved to 6-2 in the OIA's Western Division, a half-game behind first-place Mililani (7-1).
Campbell, ranked No. 3, fell to 5-2; both of its league losses have come to Kapolei.
The Sabers appeared to be on their way to evening the series through the first three innings yesterday, during which they jumped to a 1-0 lead in the opening frame and starter Bre Patton retired the first nine batters she faced.
But the Hurricanes' Tehani Ka'aihue led off the bottom of the fourth with a triple to left-center field and scored one out later on Ka'ili Smith's triple to left. Smith then scored when Kailey Fernandez hit a fly ball to center field that was dropped.
Kapolei then expanded the lead to 4-1 in the fifth after taking advantage of two infield errors. Ka'aihue walked with the bases loaded and Smith stroked a run-scoring single to left.
Meanwhile, sophomore right-hander Kahana Higa held Campbell hitless over the final five innings, needing only one strikeout to do it.
"I believe in my defense, they give me a lot of confidence," Higa said. "And I couldn't do it without my catcher (Ashlynn Ashby), she made all the right calls. I felt a little more confident (with the lead), but it didn't change how hard I needed to push and work, because with one bad move I could have been in trouble."
Hurricanes coach Tony Saffery said he settled on Higa as the team's primary starter for the regular season's second round, after experimenting with others earlier.
"We have our best defense on the field when she's pitching," Saffery said.
Sabers coach David Perreira said his team had trouble finding holes in the Kapolei defense.
"We hit a lot of balls hard, but it went right to them," Perreira said.
CAMPBELL (5-2) 100 000 0 — 1 3 3
KAPOLEI (6-2) 000 220 X — 4 5 1
Bre Patton, Katie Manuma (5) and Chanel Bali-Gau, Anuhea Yamaguchi (5). Kahana Higa and Ashlynn Ashby. W — Higa. L — Patton.
Leading hitters — Campbell: Patton double. Kapolei: Tehani Ka'aihue triple, RBI; Ka'ili Smith 2-3, triple.
NO. 1 MILILANI 11, PEARL CITY 1
Chanelle Senas batted 4 for 4, and Makani Duhaylonsod and Kylee Rodrigues teamed on a four-hitter with eight strikeouts to propel the top-ranked Trojans (7-1) past the Chargers (1-7) in an OIA Red West game. Lauren Fujisaki and Sanoe Aina each had two hits for Pearl City.
PEARL CITY (1-7) 001 000— 1 4 4
MILILANI (7-1) 113 321—11 16 2
Courtney Ahlo and Maya Nagata. Makani Duhaylonsod, Kylee Rodrigues (5) and Rebecca Lee. W — Duhaylonsod. L — Ahlo.
Leading hitters — Pearl City: Lauren Fujisaki 2-2, double; Sanoe Aina 2-3. Mililani: Kristi Oshiro double; Chanelle Senas 4-4, triple; Courtney Senas 2-4, 2 doubles; Glenelle Nitta 3-3, 2 doubles; Jaimee Aiwohi double; Courtney Abear 2-2, double; Lee 2-2, double.
Reported by Joe Lee
NO. 10 LEILEHUA 4, WAIPAHU 3
Kristen Campogan hit a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning as the Mules (6-2) beat the Marauders (2-6) in an OIA Red West game Felise Laa had two hits for Waipahu, which rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh.
LEILEHUA (6-2) 000 030 1—4 9 1
WAIPAHU (2-6) 000 000 3—3 7 4
Kaylen Ynigues and Cheasea Crawford. Elsa Apo and Titi Felise-Laa. W — Ynigues. L — Apo.
Leading hitters — Leilehua: Kristen Campogan 2-4, 3 RBIs; Ciara Paracuelles 2-4. Waipahu: Felise Laa 2-3; Sweety Mandiola 1-3, RBI; Kelcey Viliamu 1-1, RBI; Dara Aiwohi-Dutro 1-4, RBI.
Reported by John Kapihe
NO. 5 MOANALUA 7, KALANI 4
Sarah Robinson had four hits, and Dawn Dela Cruz and Stephanie Putman each had two RBIs as Na Menehune (7-1) beat the Falcons (1-6) in an OIA Red East game.
KALANI (1-6) 110 010 1—4 4 1
MOANALUA (7-1) 520 000 X—7 18 1
Chelsea Yamamoto and Kristi Belshe. Mary Ann Giles and Kylee Oshiro. W — Giles. L — Yamamoto.
Leading hitters — Kalani: Kari Oda 2-3. Moanalua: Lauren Oumaye 2-3; Dawn Dela Cruz 2-4, 2 RBIs; Hoku Dela Cruz 2-3; Sarah Robinson 4-4; Stephanie Putman 3-4, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Kris Morikawa
KAILUA 6, KALAHEO 0
Jaelleen Johnson pitched a three-hitter, and Tiffany Pereza, Johnna-Lynn Pedro and Kawehilani Hall each had three hits as the Surfriders (5-3) beat the Mustangs (0-8) in an OIA Red East game.
KAILUA (5-3) 000 015 0—6 18 0
KALAHEO (0-8) 000 000 0—0 3 0
Jaelleen Johnson and Johnna-Lynn Pedro. Caira Pires and Hiileo Olson. W — Johnson. L — Pires.
Leading hitters — Kailua: Tiffany Pereza 3-4, 2 doubles; Pedro 3-4; Kawehilani Hall 3-5; Shelby Lono 2-4, double; Zsalei Kamaka 2-3; Saige Manatad double. Kalaheo: Olson double.
Reported by Alan Cofran
WAIALUA 18, KAHUKU 1
Marissa Keao pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and batted 4 for 5, with two doubles and three RBIs, to power the Bulldogs (7-1) past the Red Raiders (4-4) in an OIA White game. Kimberly Mayerowitz added two and five RBIs for Waialua.
WAIALUA (7-1) 102 04(11)—18 17 1
KAHUKU (4-4) 000 10 0 — 1 2 5
Marissa Keao and Alyssiah Hernandez. Shawntei Cabe, Josie Maiava (6) and Maiava, Dallys Tapusoa (6). W — Keao. L — Cabe.
Leading hitters — Waialua: Altia Dicion 3-5; Hernandez 3-5, double, 3 RBIs; Keao 4-5, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Kimberly Mayerowitz 2-5, triple, 5 RBIs; Jessica Temblor 2-4, 2 RBIs. Kahuku: Kaohi Kalili double.
Reported by Dean Hughs
KAISER 8, RADFORD 3
Jessie Hathaway pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts as the Cougars (6-2) beat the Rams (3-5) in an OIA White game.
KAISER (6-2) 004 200 2—8 9 6
RADFORD (3-5) 001 100 1—3 3 8
Jessie Hathaway and Chelsy Okuma. Briana Salanoa, Erin Laurent (1) and Maryann Alofaituli. W — Hathaway. L — Laurent.
Leading hitters — Kaiser: Kayla Alcoran 2-3, double, 2 runs; Caliann Fukuoka 2-4, 2 runs. Radford: Samandra Sevao double.
Reported by Dave Nichols
THREE GAMES POSTPONED
The Nanakuli-Farrington, Roosevelt-Castle and Wai'anae-McKinley games were postponed yesterday.
Farrington will play at Nanakuli and Castle will play Roosevelt at Stevenson Middle School field today, with both games set to start at 3:30 p.m. The Wai'anae-McKinley game has yet to be rescheduled.
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