Kamehameha downs 'Iolani, 6-3
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
With a fresh start in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball second round, Kamehameha got off on the right foot and held off 'Iolani yesterday, 6-3.
The Warriors are 1-0 in the second round, 5-3-1 overall. 'Iolani fell to 0-1, 5-4.
Saint Louis won the first round and clinched a state tournament berth in the process; the second-round winner also will secure a state tourney berth.
"We just gotta keep doing what we've been doing (the past week)," said Kamehameha reliever Jordyn Ah Chong, who pitched 1 2/3 innings to earn the save yesterday. "We're putting the ball in play, the pitchers are throwing strikes and our defense is making plays."
Yesterday's victory at 'Iolani turned out to be much closer than the final score might indicate, as the Raiders had the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and power hitter Tiras Koon at the plate. But Ah Chong got Koon to hit a high pop-up to center field for an apparent sacrifice fly to score Jensen Park from third base, and Park was called out on appeal for leaving the bag early, abruptly ending the game on a delayed double play.
"(Park) stumbled (near third base), so I thought it didn't look right," Warriors coach Vern Ramie said. "The scary part about a park like this is that a fly ball can turn the tide of the game, but we had a good matchup and fortunately Jordan made a good pitch."
Through the first five innings, it appeared as if Kamehameha would win comfortably. The Warriors took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Jacob Meyer's sacrifice fly to score TC Campbell, then made it 3-0 in the second after Ali'i Pedrina's run-scoring groundout and Campbell's RBI double to right-center.
Kamehameha then stretched the lead to 5-0 in the third after Kewby Meyer's sacrifice fly and Bryson Kenolio's home run over the center-field fence.
'Iolani — held to one hit through the first four innings — finally broke through against Warriors starter Harley Holt in the fifth with Kila Zuttermeister's run-scoring double to right-center, then made it 5-2 in the sixth on Sean Nada's RBI single to the right-field corner to score pinch-runner Andrew Skalman from third.
Kamehameha got a run back in the seventh on Campbell's home run over the right-field fence, but the Raiders closed it to 6-3 in the bottom half after Zuttermeister singled with one out and scored on Park's double to right. Jarrett Arakawa followed with a single to right and Kurt Yoshikawa was hit on a 3-2 pitch to load the bases for Koon.
KAMEHAMEHA (5-3-1, 1-0) 122 000 1 — 6 9 0
'IOLANI (5-4, 0-1) 000 011 1— 3 8 1
Harley Holt, Jordyn Ah Chong (6) and Moku Kukonu; Sheldon Lee and Tiras Koon. W — Holt. L — Lee. S — Ah Chong.
Leading hitters — Kamehameha: TC Campbell 3-4, double, home run, 2 RBIs; Jacob Meyer 2-3, double, triple; Bryson Kenolio home run; Alika McGuire double. 'Iolani: Kila Zuttermeister 2-3, double, RBI; Jensen Park double, RBI; Jarrett Arakawa 2-3.
OIA WHITE SOFTBALL
'Ānuenue 21, McKinley 3: Kala Lewis batted 3 for 3 and the visiting Rainbow Wahine scored in each inning.
'ĀNUENUE (3-1) 256 53—21 9 1
MCKINLEY (0-6) 001 11— 3 3 4
Nalani Kamano and Wewehi Ganeau, Lukia Rios. Aiga Malagamaalii, Amanda Sakagawa (3) and Sakagawa, Ashlen Hanaoka (3). W — Kamano. L — Malagamaalii.
Leading hitters — 'Ānuenue: Kala Lewis 3-3. McKinley: Amanda Sakagawa homer, Yoon Ryu triple.
Reported by Summer Nagareda
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