Campbell pounces on Waipahu in OIA
By Kyle Sakamoto
Advertiser Staff Writer
Campbell's Summer Palipti is a freshman and normally catches.
She turned in quite a performance on the mound, not behind it yesterday against Waipahu.
Palipti pitched a one-hitter with two walks and one strikeout as Campbell overwhelmed Waipahu, 11-0, in an O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red West game at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
"It was good. I didn't think I was going to do good at first, but in the end it worked out," Palipti said. "I had butterflies and I didn't pitch for a while."
She said she last pitched 14 days ago.
"I've been catching, too, and they're looking for me to be the starting catcher," Palipti said.
Campbell scored all its runs over the first two innings in a game shortened to five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
"We came out focused throughout the whole game, no matter what the score," said Campbell coach David Perreira said. "We wanted to go up there and take good at-bats. Hit the pitches you want to hit and play the situations the way they come out."
Palipti retired the first nine batters she faced before walking Angi Sakamoto to start the fourth. Two batters later, Palipti allowed a single to left by Nala Viliamu.
"She did good. She hit her spots when she had to," Perreira said. "She's still trying to develop her change-up. We threw it a bunch of times. It'll come around."
In the Campbell first, Collette Black hit a two-out, bases-loaded single to right to score Sharae Esprecion and courtesy runner Jessica Arata. Nicole Arata made it to third and Black took second on the throw to the infield.
After a walk to Daylene Antonio, Taylor Ho'ohuli hit a soft liner off the glove of the second baseman and into right field. Two runs scored on the error to make it 4-0.
The Sabers broke it open with a seven-run second. The big hits of the inning were Antonio's two-run single to center and Gerika Pantohan's three-run triple down the left-field line. Both hits came with two outs.
Every spot in the Sabers' order scored by the end of the second inning.
CAMPBELL (2-0) 470 00—11 10 0
WAIPAHU (0-2) 000 00—0 1 1
Summer Palipti and Daylene Antonio. AJ Miranda and Nala Viliamu. W—Palipti. L—Miranda.
Leading hitters-Campbell: Gerika Pantohan 2-4, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Sharae Esprecion 2 runs; Katie Manuma 2-4; Nicole Arata 2-2, double, 2 runs; Collette Black 2 RBIs; Antonio 2 RBIs.