Punahou's Aglipay baffles 'Iolani
• Photo gallery: Punahou vs. Iolani baseball
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
Punahou's Alaka'i Aglipay kept the ball down this time out and it allowed him to shut down 'Iolani's offense yesterday.
Aglipay pitched a two-hitter, and Reece Toma and Ryan Yamane — the Nos. 8 and 9 hitters in the order — hit back-to-back homers in the sixth as visiting Punahou beat 'Iolani, 6-0, in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu game.
"It was a clutch performance," Punahou coach Eric Kadooka said of Aglipay. "It was a big game, especially at 'Iolani. For him to throw strikes, mix speeds and hold them to two hits ... it was a clutch performance for us."
Aglipay walked four and struck out five in a 103-pitch effort. The right-hander benefitted from three double plays and only two putouts were recorded in the outfield.
"My two-seam (fast ball) and curve ball were working really well today. It was going in and out," Aglipay said.
In his previous start Saturday, Aglipay lasted just 1 1/3 innings against Kamehameha. The game ended in a 9-9 tie.
"I had to stick down, so I don't get hurt,"Aglipay said. "Because that's what happened to me last game against Kam. I kept it up and I got bombed."
Both hits allowed by Aglipay came in the third — back-to-back singles by Sean Nada and Jensen Park. Aglipay got a ground out and strikeout to get out of the jam.
All the Buffanblu runs scored with two outs.
Punahou (1-0-1) scored one in the first on a throwing error by the shortstop, and one in the fourth on an infield single by Brett Fukushima.
The Buffanblu put the game away with a four-run sixth.
Rick Nomura hit a one-out single to center. Jeremy Ioane laid down a bunt single, and Nomura advanced to third which was uncovered.
After a fly out, Toma belted a three-run homer to left to make it 5-0.
"I wasn't trying to do too much," said Toma, the designated hitter. "I was just trying to do something small, but (the pitch) came up and in."
Yamane then pulled a pitch over the right-field wall.
"I always wanted to hit a home run," said Yamane, the second baseman. "That was my first home run in a very long time. With this (outfield) fence, anything can happen."
Both homers came on 2-0 pitches.
'Iolani (1-1) stranded six runners, including four in scoring position.
"I have to give Aglipay credit," said 'Iolani coach Jason Arakaki. "He kept us off-balance. He was real effective with his breaking pitch today. I didn't expect us to struggle that much against him, but it was just one of those days."
The Raiders had runners at first and second with one out in the first, and a 3-1 count on their clean-up hitter.
Aglipay got a pop up into shallow center and shortstop Fukushima made a running catch. The 'Iolani runner at second had run to third and was easily doubled off to end the inning.
"That stopped me from growing some gray hairs. It was good," Aglipay said.
The Raiders also had two on in the third and seventh, but Aglipay kept making big pitches to escape trouble, including a game-ending double-play grounder to second with runners at the corners.
PUNAHOU (1-0-1) 100 104 0—6 9 2
'IOLANI (1-1) 000 000 0—0 2 1
Alaka'i Aglipay and David Eldredge. Sheldon Lee, Brett Watanabe (6) and Tirus Koon. W — Aglipay. L — Lee.
Leading hitters: Punahou—Kainoa Crowell double; Reece Toma 3-run homer; Ryan Yamane solo homer.
MID-PACIFIC 7, MARYKNOLL 1
Kurt Okita and Rylan Kuboyama combined to scatter nine hits, and Marcus Doi and Dane Fujinaka homered for the host Owls.
Mid-Pacific's Nick Alarcio batted 3 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, and Tyler Yoshizawa was 2 for 2 with two runs.
MARYKNOLL (0-2) 001 000 0—1 9 2
MID-PACIFIC (1-1) 420 001 X—7 11 0
Aaron Tom, Matthew Hara (3), Chun (5), Tyler Todd (6) and David Nishiki. Kurt Okita, Rylan Kuboyama (6) and Dane Fujinaka. W — Okita. L — Tom.
Leading hitters: Maryknoll—Craig Shoji 2-4; Gavin Oyadomari 2-3. Mid-Pacific: Nick Alarcio 3-4, double, 2 RBIs; Ryan Muraoka double; Marcus Doi homer, 2 RBIs; Tyler Yoshizawa 2-2, 2 runs; Fujinaka homer.
OIA RED EAST
CASTLE 6, KAILUA 5
Keola Jarrett batted 4 for 4 with four RBIs and the visiting Knights scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.
Castle trailed 5-1 after four innings.
CASTLE (1-3) 100 041 0—6 15 4
KAILUA (2-2) 111 200 0—5 10 4
Seamus Yoneshige, Keola Jarrett (4) and Brede Kochi. Jared Matsumoto, Alika Ramseyer-Ho (4), Ryan McMonigle (6) and Patrick Wolfe, Alan Baldwin (6). W — Jarett. L — McMonigle.
Leading hitters — Castle: Jarrett 4-4, 4 RBIs; Harry Kawaihalau 3-4; Yoneshige 2-4, double. Kailua: Jared Iha 3-4, 2 doubles; Alan Baldwin 2-4.
Reported by Tom Ishigo
OIA RED WEST
'AIEA 10, WAI'ANAE 4
Kainoa Asing-Kaahanui, Mitchell Miyasaki and Kevin Shibata each had three hits in a 16-hit offense for visiting Nā Ali'i.
'AIEA (2-1) 060 400 0—10 16 2
WAI'ANAE (0-4) 201 100 0—4 9 3
Kaulana Wong, Jarin Agtang (6) and Brett Tanonaka. Jobe Cabral, Alan Ibanes (3), Kalei Hensley (7) and Austin Reese, Cabral (5). W — Wong. L — Cabral.
Leading hitters — 'Aiea: Chase Akino 2-4; Owen Fuellas 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kainoa Asing-Kaahanui 3-4, double; Mitchell Miyasaki 3-4, double; Kevin Shibata 3-4. Wai'anae: Ibanes 2-4, 2 runs; Bronson Barbosa 2-3, double; Lawrence Rhoads 2-3.
Reported by Kekoa Kaluhiokalani
CAMPBELL 12, LEILEHUA 0
Robert Kahana pitched a three-hitter with four strikeouts as the visiting Sabers beat the Mules.
Campbell's Chadwick Kaalekahi, Michael Memea, Rayven Kahana and Don Gallano each had two hits.
CAMPBELL (2-0) 363 00—12 10 1
LEILEHUA (1-2) 000 00— 0 3 8
Robert Kahana and Chadwick Kaalekahi. Albert Talaroc, Jordan Kalaau (2), Josh Lorenzo (3), Bronson Smithe (4), Bronson Acheta-Maeda (5) and Jeremy Suguitan, Aaron Higa (5). W — Kahana. L —Talaroc.
Leading hitters—Campbell: Kaalekahi 2-4; Michael Memea 2-2; Rayven Kahana 2-3; Don Gallano 2-4.
Reported by Lane Watanuki
MILILANI 3, LEILEHUA 2
Courtney Senas hit a homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to lead the Trojans past the Mules in a Red West game. Kristi Oshiro went 2 for 4 for Mililani.
LEILEHUA (0-2) 001 100 00—2 3 1
MILILANI (2-0) 100 001 01—3 5 0
Maegan Tupinio and Jasmine Villegas. Alysia Madison and Rebecca Lee. W — Madison. L — Tupinio.
Leading hitters — Mililani: Kristi Oshiro 2-4; Courtney Senas homer.
Reported by Joe Lee