Manumā best in family and state
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
The last of the softball standout Manumā sisters is also the first to be named Advertiser State Player of the Year.
Katie Manumā, Campbell's senior right-handed ace, had to follow in the footsteps of older sisters Valana, Malamaisaua and Anita, who each won All-State honors in 2004 after helping Kapolei win its first state championship.
Anita also won a Division II state title with Saint Francis in 2005.
This year was Katie's turn, and she made the most of the opportunity. She went 13-1, in the regular and postseason, with a sterling 0.68 earned run average, five shutouts and 93 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched.
Manumā also was a major contributor at the plate, batting third and hitting .490, with six home runs and 22 runs batted in.
She capped the season with four straight complete-game victories in the state tournament, starting with back-to-back two-hitters against Roosevelt and Mid-Pacific.
The MPI game went nine innings.
In the Sabers' 3-0 victory over Castle in the semifinals, Manumā pitched a three-hitter with eight strikeouts to help Campbell overcome four errors and avenge a loss to the Knights in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association semifinals two weeks before.
In the title game against Punahou, Manumā pitched a five-hitter with 10 strikeouts to help the Sabers hold off the Buffanblu, 5-1.
Mililani led the way with four seniors selected to The Advertiser's All-State first team: first baseman Andi Felise, second baseman Kristi Oshiro, shortstop Courtney Senas and catcher Rebecca Lee.
Oshiro, Senas and Lee are repeat first-team selections, but Felise emerged from part-time starter status last season to cleanup hitter this year.
She batted .407, with two home runs and 17 RBIs.
"Andi really matured this year," Mililani coach Rose Antonio said. "She really peaked in the OIA (tournament) and states."
Oshiro had another outstanding season as the Trojans' leadoff batter, hitting .517 with a .616 on-base percentage, 11 walks, 10 stolen bases and 31 runs scored. She set the table for Senas, who batted .419 with four triples, four home runs, 24 RBIs and 25 runs.
They also formed a steady middle infield combination and each accomplished a rare feat by making The Advertiser's All-State first team four years in a row.
Lee, one of the state's most consistent hitters, batted .536 with one home run and 15 RBIs, with a slugging percentage of .768.
Campbell and Punahou each placed three players on the first team.
Besides Manumā, the Sabers also were represented by third baseman Gerika Pantohan and center fielder Collette Black.
Pantohan, a senior and repeat selection, batted .348 with three home runs, 15 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .418.
Black, a junior, batted .404 with one home run, 14 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .491.
Punahou placed third baseman Mysha Sataraka, center fielder Sarah Hiramatsu and pitcher Jasmine Ioane on the first team.
Sataraka, a sophomore, batted .552 with three home runs, 14 RBIs, an on-base percentage of .682 and a slugging percentage of 1.000. She also displayed a steady and sometimes spectacular glove at the hot corner.
Hiramatsu, a senior, had an on-base percentage of .394 and anchored the Buffanblu's outfield.
Ioane, a senior right-hander, helped lead Punahou to its first state championship game after the Buffanblu finished second in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
She went 12-4, with a 1.13 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 93 innings pitched. Ioane also batted .310 with five home runs, including two in Punahou's state semifinal victory over defending champ Mililani.
She started the state tournament with a three-hit shutout of Kapolei in the first round and a two-hit shutout of Maui Interscholastic League champion and No. 3 seed Baldwin in the quarterfinals.
Pac-Five center fielder Samantha Ford and Mid-Pacific pitcher Keiki Carlos round out the first team.
Ford, a senior, was a defensive whiz and sparked the Wolfpack's offense with consistent hitting and speed on the basepaths. She helped Pac-Five capture its third Division II state title in five years.
Carlos, a sophomore right-hander, helped the Owls win their first ILH championship. In the regular season, she pitched a no-hitter, a pair of two-hitters, one three-hitter and a four-hitter, while also leading the offense as the leadoff batter.
Punahou's Bob Makahilahila and Campbell's David Perreira shared Coach of the Year honors after guiding their teams to their first state title game appearances.
The Buffanblu had to rally late in the regular season to earn their state tournament berth after finishing third in the ILH first round.
The Sabers went 12-0 in the regular season, 18-1 overall and rebounded after finishing third in the OIA tournament.
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