Pearl City turns back Moanalua
• Photo gallery: Pearl City vs. Moanalua baseball
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
WAIPAHU — Kahana Neal pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts and Royce Murai had a triple with two RBIs yesterday to help Pearl City hold off Moanalua, 4-1, in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association baseball quarterfinals at Hans L'Orange Park.
The OIA Red Conference Western Division champion Chargers improved to 13-0 in league play and will face West No. 4 seed Mililani (9-5) in today's semifinals at Patsy Mink Central O'ahu Regional Park.
First pitch will take place 30 minutes after the 4 p.m. semifinal between East champ Kailua (11-2) and West runner-up Campbell (9-4).
Both games will be televised live statewide on OC16.
Pearl City is the two-time defending OIA champion, but drew a tough matchup yesterday in Moanalua, which has several returnees from last year's team which reached the state semifinals.
Nā Menehune took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning after Austin Inabata led off with a single, advanced to second on Miles Higa's sacrifice bunt and scored on Jordan DePonte's double.
But the Chargers answered in the bottom of the third when Reid Ramos led off with a double, Jonathan Kealoha followed with a single and Murai slammed a two-run double into the alley in right-center field.
Pearl City made it 4-1 in the sixth after Chace Numata's RBI double and Austin Bali's run-scoring single.
Moanalua (8-6) made it interesting in the seventh, after Ryan Cortez singled up the middle with two outs and Bronson Shim reached on an error, moving Cortez to third.
That brought cleanup hitter Kamalu Kamoku — a 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior who hit a two-run homer in Wednesday's first-round victory over Kapolei — to the plate.
But Neal got Kamoku to hit an 0-1 pitch to second base for a force play.
"I had to be careful because he's a good hitter," said Neal, a right-handed senior. "But we had a base open, so if anything I just had to make sure I didn't give him anything he could drive."
Neal allowed eight hits but none of them was consecutive, and he ended each of the first four innings with strikeouts.
"We didn't come up with enough hits when we needed them," Nā Menehune coach Scott Yamada said.
MOANALUA (8-6) 010 000 0—1 8 1
PEARL CITY (13-0) 002 002 X—4 7 2
Jacob Fukuyama and Mike Egami. Kahana Neal and Isaac Shim. W — Neal. L — Fukuyama.
Leading hitters — Moanalua: Jordan DePonte double, RBI; Bronson Shim 2-4, double; Tim Arakawa 2-4. Pearl City: Royce Murai triple, 2 RBIs; Chace Numata double, RBI; Reid Ramos double.
KAILUA 18, KAISER 6
Jared Matsumoto homered and tripled, Byson Dymond went 3 for 4, and Kory Sasaoka, Ryan Mcmonigle and Alika Ramseyer-Ho each had two hits as the host Surfriders pounded the Cougars. Kailua scored six in the first, three in the second and five in the third to take a 14-2 lead.
KAISER (6-8) 102 300 0— 6 5 1
KAILUA (11-2) 635 000 4—18 13 1
Royce Kuramoto, Nicholas Flores (2), Ryan Tano (4) and Makana Lyman. Ryan McMonigle, Kahaku Iaea (4) and Alan Baldwin. W — McMonigle. L — Kuramoto.
Leading hitters — Kaiser: Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz double. Kailua: Kory Sasaoka 2-4, double; Bryson Dymond 3-4, double; McMonigle 2-4, double; Alika Ramseyer-Ho 2-5; Jared Matsumoto 2-4, triple; homer.
Reported by Corey Ishigo
CAMPBELL 6, CASTLE 0
Charles Kaalekahi and Eddie Gascon combined on a four-hitter, and Chadwick Kaalekahi, Robert Kahana and Avery Marquez drove in runs for the host Sabers.
CASTLE (9-5) 000 000 0—0 4 3
CAMPBELL (9-4) 001 131 X—6 8 0
Keola Jarrett and Brede Kochi, Robert Fram (7). Charles Kaalekahi, Eddie Gascon (7) and Chadwick Kaalekahi. W — Char. Kaalekahi. L — Jarrett.
Leading hitters — Castle: Jarrett 2-3. Campbell: Chadwick Kaalekahi triple, 1 RBI; Robert Kahana double, 1 RBI; Avery Marquez 2-3, 1 RBI.
Reported by Rory Pico
MILILANI 7, ROOSEVELT 4
The visiting Trojans scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning, then held off the Rough Riders, who rallied for two runs in their half of the inning at Stevenson Intermediate Field. Chad Bolibol went 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Shanztyn Agbayani-Shibao and Troy Yoshizawa each drove in a run for Mililani.
MILILANI (9-5) 001 020 4—7 5 3
ROOSEVELT (9-4) 011 000 2—4 4 6
Cody Mark, Mike Asamura (7) and Kacey Miyasato. Billy Kamau and Cameron Fuchigami. W — Mark. L — Kamau. S – Asamura.
Leading hitters — Mililani: Chad Bolibol 2-3; 1 RBI; Chad Tanaka 2 runs; Shanztyn Agbayani-Shibao triple, 1 RBI; Troy Yoshizawa 1 RBI. Roosevelt: Brandon Hamasaki homer, 1 RBI.
Reported by Matt Apana
WAIPAHU 11, MCKINLEY 1
Jerry Eanupo hit a three-run homer, Edward Agag added a solo shot and Cheyne Estanique went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs as the host Marauders beat the Tigers in an OIA White playoff game shortened to six innings due to the 10-run rule.
MCKINLEY (2-9) 000 001 — 1 4 2
WAIPAHU (9-2) 004 043 — 11 11 2
Vincent Hong and Rendell Cardano. Jonathan Igarta and Aldrin Padilla W — Igarta L — Hong.
Leading hitters — McKinley: Tyren O'Connell 2-3. Waipahu: Jarrin Abreu 2-3, Sam Chee 2-4, double, 2 RBIs, Edward Agag 2-4 solo homer 2 RBIs, Cheyne Estanique 3-4, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs. Jerry Eanupo 3-homer.
KAHUKU 10, WAIALUA 7
Tainui Nagy, Iukini Hughes and Kai Saniatan each had two hits and the host Red Raiders scored four runs in the fourth for a 10-3 lead, then held off the Bulldogs.
WAIALUA (2-8) 003 040 0— 7 9 3
KAHUKU (7-4) 033 400 X— 10 12 4
Kekai Rivera-Albeso, Justin Tantog (6) and Christian Whitaker. Joe Nozawa and Samson Mamizuka. W — Nozawa. L — Rivera-Albeso.
Leading hitters — Waialua: Mykal Guigui 2-4, double; Darrin Whitaker 2-4; Chris Gervacio 2-4. Kahuku: Tainui Nagy 2-4, double; Justin Van Ness 3 runs; Iukini Hughes 2-3; Kai Saniatan 2-2.
Reported by Roger Van Ness
SAINT FRANCIS 14, SACRED HEARTS 1
Mia Arroya went 3 for 3, Kayla Sakamoto, Chelsea Kaluhiokalani and Keala Bertulfo each had two hits and Nicole Hudson hit a two-run homer as the host Saints romped in an lnterscholastic League of Honolulu game called after five innings because of the mercy rule on Wednesday.
SACRED HEARTS (6-8) 002 10— 1 4 0
SAINT FRANCIS (11-2) 608 0X—14 16 0
Jordyn Waraka and Victoria Simpson. Kayla Sakamoto, Shealee Koki (4) and Kelsie Hee. W - Sakamoto. L - Waraka
Leading hitters — SH: Waraka solo homer. SF: Sakamoto 2-3; 2 doubles, Nicole Hudson 2-run homer; Chelsea Kaluhiokalani 2-4, double; Keala Bertulfo 2-3, double; Mia Arroyo 3-3, 2 doubles.
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