Carlos keeps MPI undefeated
• Photo gallery: Kamehameha vs. Mid-Pac softball
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
Mid-Pacific's Keiki Carlos already is dominating enough in the pitcher's circle.
Throw in a pitching tip from a local softball legend over the weekend that added velocity to her offerings, and her opponent yesterday had no chance.
Carlos pitched a no-hitter with seven strikeouts and drove in three runs as host Mid-Pacific beat Kamehameha, 9-0, in a matchup of Interscholastic League of Honolulu unbeatens.
"It's no different," said Mid-Pacific coach Willie Quinn. "She's been like that all year. We played some defense and she got ahead of batters. It's what we see every time she's on the mound."
Carlos, a sophomore right-hander, walked three and hit a batter as Mid-Pacific improved to 6-0.
On Saturday, Tony Sellitto, a fast-pitch softball legend in his day, watched Carlos pitch against Maryknoll. On Sunday, he made an adjustment to her "leg follow through."
"To use my legs more, not just my arm," Carlos said.
Sellitto, more known for his basketball coaching stints at Maryknoll School and Hawai'i Pacific University, said Carlos was throwing "3 to 4 mph" harder yesterday.
"She is a talent, I'm telling you," he said.
Carlos has pitched every inning of every game this season for the Owls, including four shutouts.
Mid-Pacific, ranked No. 2 in The Advertiser's poll, broke through for three runs in the third against the Warriors' Jamie Millwood.
With two runners in scoring position, Carlos hit a bloop single to center to score Kacy Aoki. The Owls scored the other two runs on errors.
"She (Millwood) kept her composure on the mound," Kamehameha coach Aloha Yamaguchi said. "The defense needs to do a better job backing her up when she's out there."
Kamehameha's best chance to score came in the fourth when it had a runner at second with two outs.
Leiana Naki-Kaonohi hit a grounder to the Owls shortstop, the base runner clipped the fielder's glove on the way past and the ball went into left field.
No interference was called so the play continued with left fielder Karis Kochi throwing a strike to sister Kaydi Kochi at the plate to nail the runner.
The shortstop was charged with an error on the play, and it was the only ball to reach the outfield for No. 4 Kamehameha (5-1).
Mid-Pacific made it 4-0 in the fifth on Kristin Yama's opposite-field homer to left, her second extra-base hit of the game.
"She's our third batter and that's why she's there," Quinn said. "That's her job, to drive the ball."
Mid-Pacific tacked on five in the sixth with Carlos driving in the first two with a single to left.
"Every game she comes up with big hits and pitching," Quinn said.
Two more scored on Tasi Docktor's single and fielding error by the center fielder, and pinch hitter Jenna Savusa had a run-scoring single.
Mid-Pacific can wrap up the league's first-half title and state tournament berth with a victory over Sacred Hearts on Saturday. A loss by the Owls, and a Kamehameha win over Punahou on Saturday would force a playoff.
Note: Sellitto has worked with Carlos since she was 8. Sellitto worked with Carlos' mother, Lori, when she pitched for Maryknoll and he was the school's athletic director/basketball coach.
KAMEHAMEHA (5-1) 000 000 0—0 0 4
MID-PACIFIC (6-0) 003 015 X—9 8 2
Jamie Millwood and Fraser-Ann Fellezs. Keiki Carlos and Kaydi Kochi. W — Carlos. L — Millwood.
Leading hitters — Mid-Pacific: Carlos 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Kristin Yama 2-3, double, solo homer; Kacy Aoki 2 runs; Karis Kochi 2 runs.
'IOLANI 9, ST. FRANCIS 7
Marissa Teryama drove in three runs, and the Raiders scored four runs in both the first and fifth innings at Kamamalu field.
Kimberlee Souza and Alex Masaquel each had two hits for 'Iolani.
'IOLANI (4-2) 410 040 0—9 10 2
ST. FRANCIS (2-4) 101 004 1—7 7 2
Nani Taniguchi, Chelsea Nakai (6) and Kryn Masutani. Pitisi Tualau, Shealee Koki (3) and Briana Tovio-Asato. W — Taniguchi. L — Tualau.
Leading hitters — 'Iolani: Kimberlee Souza 2-3, double; Alex Masaquel 2-4, double; Kaitlyn Shikada double; Amanda McCaskill double; Kaulawena Reis-Moniz double; Masutani double; Marisa Terayama 3 RBIs. St. Francis: Chelsea Kaluhiokalani double; Mia Arroyo double; Koki double.
Reported by Lance Watanabe
PUNAHOU 11, MARYKNOLL 1
Jasmine Ioane and Mysha Sataraka homered, powering the Buffanblu past the Spartans.
MARYKNOLL (2-4) 000 001— 1 1 0
PUNAHOU (4-2) 401 016—11 12 2
Briana Guro and Carolann Toyama. Jasmine Ioane, Tai Manu-Olevao (5) and Kayla Shimoda. W — Ioane. L — Guro.
Leading hitters — Punahou: Ioane 3-4, homer, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Mysha Sataraka homer, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Kristin Lee 2-3.
Reported by Paul Smith
SACRED HEARTS 3, PAC-FIVE 2
Sara Souza went 4 for 4, including a homer, and had two RBIs to lift the Lancers over the Wolfpack.
PAC-FIVE (0-6) 000 020 0—2 7 1
SACRED HEARTS (1-5) 000 020 1—3 5 0
W — Jordyn Waracka. L — Sheridan Mahelona.
Leading hitters — Pac-Five: Kylee Yamamoto 3-4, homer; Samantha Ford 2-3, homer; Kailyn Osaki 2-3. Sacred Hearts: Sara Souza 4-4, homer, 2 RBIs; Tori Nakashima 2-3, Jordan Nelson 2-3.
Reported by Darcie Okamura