Mililani holds off Leilehua, 18-14
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
The Mililani softball team countered Leilehua's comeback for the ages yesterday with a rally of its own in extra innings.
Both coaches mentioned the word "character" when this wild one was over.
Mililani, which allowed 12 runs in the bottom of the seventh, scored four in the eighth to beat Leilehua, 18-14, in their O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West opener at rainy Ka'ala Elementary School field.
"They settled down, dug deep and they came back," Mililani coach Rose Antonio said of her team. "That's the character of the team. Great character they have."
In the Trojans' eighth, Rebecca Lee singled in TJ Fernandez with the go-ahead run, and three more scored on a two-run single by Andi Felise and fielding error on the right fielder.
Fernandez retired the Mules in order in the bottom half for the complete-game victory.
"It feels real good, but there are some things we have to work on," said Mililani freshman left fielder Kacie Oshiro, who homered twice.
In Leilehua's 12-run seventh inning, the first nine batters scored with four reaching by error. The Mules had four hits, three walks and benefitted from two wild pitches in the inning.
In all fairness to the Mililani defense, it started to pour during the inning.
"It was just a domino effect," Antonio said. "You know how that goes. These conditions ... I don't know what to say. I don't know what happened. It was just like a bad dream."
No. 9 hitter Camey Narusawa had two hits in the inning, including a two-run triple to make it 14-4.
Later, Jazmyn Dangaran delivered a two-out, two-run triple to left to make it 14-13, and she scored on a wild pitch to tie it.
Narusawa, Kaylen Ynigues and Dangaran each scored twice in the inning for Leilehua, which had 10 hits.
"They showed character," said Leilehua coach Stacy Araki. "My girls are basically younger. We have a younger bunch, but they showed a lot of heart and character today and I'm proud of them."
Mililani appeared to be headed for an easy victory after scoring four in the sixth and five in the seventh for a 14-2 lead.
The Trojans finished with 18 hits, including nine for extra bases.
"I thought the offense was really positive for us," Antonio said. "They executed well, kids came in in clutch situations and we manufactured runs. That's a lot of runs."
Oshiro hit a two-run homer in the fifth and a lead-off shot in the seventh.
"It feels good," she said. "I just hope I can improve my play on the field and everything."
Senior second baseman Kristi Oshiro, her older sister, led off the game with a homer.
MILILANI (1-0) 210 204 5 418 18 4
LEILEHUA (0-1) 100 001 (12)014 10 5
TJ Fernandez and Rebecca Lee. Kaylen Ynigues, Tiffany Abear (5), Maegan Tupinio (5) and Kelina Nakai. W Fernandez. L Tupinio.
Leading hitters: MililaniKristi Oshiro 3-6, double, homer, 2 RBIs; Rebecca Lee 3-6, double; 2 runs; 2 RBIs; Courtney Senas 2-5, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Andi Felise 3-5, double, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Chesarey Silva double, 3 RBIs; Kacie Oshiro 3-5, 2 homers, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Toni Baysa double, 4 runs. LeilehuaYnigues 2 runs; Jazmyn Dangaran triple, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Krystin Kubo 2-4, homer, 3 runs; Jasmine Villegas 2-5; Camey Narusawa 2-4, triple, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.
WAI'ANAE 10, PEARL CITY 0
Pililani Keopuhiwa allowed one hit and struck out seven in five innings, and Kyree Naiwi and Samantha Kuakini each had three hits to lead the host Seariders over the Chargers in a game called because of the mercy rule.
PEARL CITY (0-1) 000 00 0 4 1
WAI'ANAE (1-0) 205 2110 13 1
Courtney Ahlo, S. Rodriguez (4) and Maya Nagata. Pililani Keopuhiwa and Kristi Keomalu. W Keopuhiwa. L Rodriguez.
Leading hitters Pearl City: None. Wai'anae: Jazmyn Savini double; Kyree Naiwi 3-4, solo homer, 2 RBIs; Samantha Kuakini 3-4; Chaeani Manuel 2-3; Tiani Hensley 2-3, 2 RBIs; Aukai Hauhio 2-3, double, 2 RBIs; Keomalu 2-3, triple, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Lincoln Naiwi
CAMPBELL 23, WAIPAHU 2
Gerika Pantohan went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs, and Sharae Esprecion drove in five runs as the host Sabres pounded out 19 hits in beating the Marauders in a game called due to the mercy rule.
WAIPAHU (0-1) 000 20 2 6 5
CAMPBELL (1-0) 80(10) 5X23 19 0
AJ Miranda, Dara Aiwohi-Dutro (4) and N. Viliamu, Angie Sakamoto. Sharae Esprecion and Daylene Antonio. W Esprecion. L Miranda.
Leading hitters Waipahu: Dutro 2-3, homer; J. Mendiola double; D. Fuataga double. Campbell: Gerika Pantohan 4-4, double, homer, 4 runs, 3 RBIs; Esprecion 2-3, double, 3 runs, 5 RBIs; Nicole Arata homer, 3 RBIs; Cici Rosa Ramon 2 RBIs; Antonio 2-5, 4 RBIs; Kamalani Fujiyama 2 RBIs; Collette Black 3-3, 2 RBIs.
Reported by David Perreira
CASTLE 6, KAHUKU 1
Leisha Liilii pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts and drove in two runs, and batterymate Kaisha Dacosin had two hits, leading the host Knights over the Red Raiders in an OIA Red East game.
KAHUKU (0-1) 100 000 01 2 5
CASTLE (1-0) 000 024 X6 7 0
Kellie C. and Quiana H. Leisha Liilii and Kaisha Dacosin. W Liilii. L Kellie C.
Leading hitters Kahuku: None. Castle: Liilii triple, 2 RBIs; Dacosin 2-4.
Reported by Natasha Berinobis
ROOSEVELT 7, KAIMUKĪ 3
The visiting Rough Riders scored three runs in the first inning and three in the fourth to beat the Bulldogs.
ROOSEVELT (1-0) 300 3017 8 1
KAIMUKĪ (0-1) 100 0023 4 0
Lianna Bajarin and Lindsay Takekawa. Ehlen Awaya and Mikki Morihara. W Bajarin. L Awaya.
Leading hitters Roosevelt: M. Wada 3-4, double, 2 RBIs;Bajarin 2-3, triple, 2 RBIs; Takekawa 2-3. Kaimukī: Lindsey Matsunaga double; Dejah Faasoa double, RBI.
Reported by George LaRosa
MOANALUA 11, FARRINGTON 5
Kylee Oshiro homered and drove in four runs, and Sharee Acosta and Hope Arakawa each had two hits to propel visiting Nā Menehune past the Governors.
MOANALUA (1-0) 102 042 211 8 0
FARRINGTON (0-1) 100 121 0 5 7 3
Peylon Buen and Jaimee Tabagay. Kinciana Ngiralmau and Seaana Kaapa-Napulou. W Buen. L Ngiralmau.
Leading hitters Moanalua: Kylee Oshiro 2-4, 4 RBIs, 3 runs, homer; Sharee Acosta 2-3; Hope Arakawa 2-3. Farrington: Natasha Miller 2-4, triple; Ngiralmau 2-3, 2 RBIs, 4 stolen bases; Kaapa-Napulou 2 RBIs.
Reported by Glenn Zukeran
'AIEA 15, MCKINLEY 0
Joe Ann Rapoza tossed a one-hitter, Macy Burton homered and Ashlei Liilii drove in two runs to lead the visiting Nā Ali'i over the Tigers in an OIA White game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
'AIEA (1-0) 223 1715 8 0
MCKINLEY (0-1) 000 00 0 1 3
Joe Ann Rapoza and Ashlei Liilii; Aiga Malagamaalii, Ashlen Hanaoka (5) and Amanda Sakagawa. L Rapoza. W Malagamaalii.
Leading hitters Aiea: Kori Nishi 2-3, 3B; Ashlei Liilii 1B, 2 RBI; Temu Lautolo 2-3, RBI;
Macy Baron HR. McKinley: Ashlen Hanaoka 3B.
KALANI 14, RADFORD 1
The visiting Falcons rolled past the Rams in a game called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
KALANI (1-0) 343 1314 7 6
RADFORD (0-1) 000 01 1 3 0
Jade Teruya and Kristi Belshe. Erin Laurent, Amanda Nicholas (3) and Ilona Petersen. W Teruya. L Laurent.
Leading hitters Kalani: Teruya 3-4, 2 doubles; Belshe 3-3, 3-run home run; Kristiann Endow 3-4, double; Rayme Awaya 2-4. Radford: Petersen RBI; Tuiai Elisara 2-2.
Reported by Kaui Rin
KALĀHEO 16, WAIALUA 6
Sarah Fitzherbert and Teone Farley-Mahoe each had three hits to lead the host Mustangs over the Bulldogs.
WAIALUA (0-1) (UNAVAILABLE) 6 7 1
KALĀHEO (1-0) (UNAVAILABLE)16 15 2
Charee Wong, Sabrina Talentino and Jessica Temblor. Sarah Fitzherbert, Teone Farley-Mahoe and Tiffany Harada. W Fitzherbert. L Wong.
Leading hitters Waialua: Althia Dicion 2-4, double; Chelsea Almeida 2-2; Alyssiah Hernandez triple. Kalāheo: Fitzherbert 3-5; Farley-Mahoe 3-5; Theresa Capllonch 2-5, two triples; Amanda Pavey 2-5, double; Malia Hulleman 2-4.
Reported by John Spencer
OIA RED WEST
PEARL CITY 17, KAPOLEI 5
Tyler Tokunaga had a two-run triple, a two-run homer and drove in five runs, and Kahana Neal hit a two-run homer and also drove in five runs to power the visiting Chargers over the Hurricanes.
PEARL CITY (1-0) 112 91317 1 7 1
KAPOLEI (0-1) 000 320 5 5 2
Isaac Shim, Kawika Pruett (6) and Royce Murai. Michael Filio, Mycah Kincaid (4) and Brandon Damas. W Shim. L Filio.
Leading hitters Pearl City: Jordan Oshiro 3-4, 3 runs; Tyler Tokunaga 3-5, 2 runs, double, 2-run triple, 2-run homer, 5 RBIs; Chevas Numata 4-5, 3 runs, 2 doubles, triple, 2 RBIs; Kahana Neal 3-4, 2 runs, 2-run homer, 5 RBIs; Murai 2-4, 2 runs, double; Brian Iida triple, 2 RBIs. Kapolei: Damas 2-run homer, 2 RBIs; Josh Simmons 2-run homer, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Tom Ebanez