Pauline pitches Kapolei into semis
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
Can't spell Kapolei pitcher Winona Pauline's first name without the letters w-i-n.
Against Roosevelt yesterday, the sophomore right-hander was masterful in helping her team pick up an upset.
Pauline pitched a four-hitter with two walks and 11 strikeouts as Kapolei beat Roosevelt, 6-2, in the quarterfinals of the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red Conference tournament at Stevenson Intermediate field.
"Winona has been working hard," said Kapolei coach Stacie Mahoe. "She is somebody that gets the ball across and keeps us in the game. The girls feel really confident with her on the mound."
Pauline walked one and didn't allow a hit from the second through fifth innings. She struck out the side in the second and seventh.
"It was mostly my curves, just placing it in spots and making my ball move," Pauline said.
Kapolei, the West's No. 4 team, plays West runner-up Mililani tonight in the semifinals at Central O'ahu Regional Park. The game will follow the Campbell-Castle matchup, which starts at 5 p.m. All four semifinalists have qualified for the Division I state tournament.
"It's nice to have that out of the way," Mahoe said. "That's something that the girls really wanted and have been working really hard for the last two weeks. Now that that's out of the way, we can focus on what's next."
Roosevelt, the East champion and ranked No. 4 in The Advertiser's Top 10 poll, must beat visiting Kailua today to clinch a state berth.
The Hurricanes went up 2-1 in the third yesterday on Kulana Cristobal's run-scoring groundout and Mikela Manewa's RBI single. Kapolei benefitted from two fielding errors, a walk, a wild pitch and a passed ball in the inning.
Kapolei (8-6) added a run in the fourth on a bases-loaded walk to Dorian Acierto, and tacked on three in the sixth on two hits and a crucial throwing error.
The Hurricanes finished with eight hits — all singles.
"A lot of times in the past, we've gone for big hits and wound up popping up and making easy outs," Mahoe said. "Today, the girls did a really great job putting the ball in play, making solid contact and keeping it on the ground."
Roosevelt finished with four errors, and three of Kapolei's runs were unearned.
"Things like that happen," said Roosevelt coach Clay Okamura.
Pauline and most of her teammates got into the postseason spirit by dyeing their hair teal — Kapolei's school color along with black and silver — on Thursday and even yesterday during school.
"We all worked hard for this," Pauline said. "We were all ready. We all dyed our hair. We were all pumped up to do this, so I'm happy that we won today."
KAPOLEI (8-6) 002 103 0—6 8 3
ROOSEVELT (11-2) 100 001 0—2 4 4
Winona Pauline and Aimee Aipa. Lianna Bajarin and Lindsay Takekawa. W — Pauline. L — Bajarin.
Leading hitters — Kapolei: Dorian Acierto 2 runs; Mikela Manewa 2 RBIs; Pauline 2-4; Brittni Crabbe 2 runs.
CAMPBELL 12, MOANALUA 1
Katie Manumā pitched a three-hitter, and Daylene Antonio and Nicole Arata both scored three times as the host Sabers beat Nā Menehune.
Antonio, Brianne Silva Kapihe and Summer Palipti each drove in two runs for Campbell in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
MOANALUA (6-8) 000 10— 1 3 0
CAMPBELL (13-0) 104 52—12 13 0
Vanessa Villa, Stephanie Putman (NA) and Dori Ann Sugai. Katie Manumā and Summer Palipti. W — Manumā. L — Villa.
Leading hitters — Campbell: Gerika Pantohan 2-3; Sharae Esprecion 2-4, double; Nicole Arata 2-3, 3 runs; Daylene Antonio 3-3, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Brianne Silva Kapihe 2-3, 2 RBIs; Palipti 2 RBIs.
Reported by David Perreira
MILILANI 4, KAILUA 0
Alysia Maddison pitched a three-hitter with no walks and six strikeouts as the host Trojans beat the Surfriders.
Mililani's Rebecca Lee drove in two runs and Kristi Oshiro scored twice.
KAILUA (10-4) 000 000 0—0 3 2
MILILANI (10-3) 200 002 X—4 9 0
Jaelleen Johnson and Sharla Kumai-Farrell. Alysia Maddison and Rebecca Lee. W — Maddison. L — Johnson.
Leading hitters — Mililani: Kristi Oshiro double, 2 runs; Lee 2-4, double, 2 RBIs.
Reported Joe Lee
CASTLE 2, WAI'ANAE 1
Maycee Moe pitched a three-hitter and doubled as the host Knights beat the Seariders.
WAI'ANAE (8-6) 000 100 0—1 3 4
CASTLE (10-3) 000 010 1—2 4 0
Wehi Keopuhiwa, Chaeani Manuel (7) and Kristi Keomalu. Maycee Moe and Alyssa Cipriano. W — Moe. L — Keopuhiwa.
Leading hitter — Castle: Moe double.
Reported by Jon Berinobis