Kamau lifts Roosevelt over Moanalua, 4-3
• Photo gallery: Roosevelt vs. Moanalua baseball
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
Billy Kamau pitched a complete game with 10 strikeouts and hit a three-run triple yesterday to help Roosevelt hold off Moanalua, 4-3, in O'ahu Interscholastic Association baseball action.
The victory at Stevenson Middle School field improved the 10th-ranked Rough Riders to 6-1 in the OIA Red Conference Eastern Division, 1 1/2 games ahead of second-place and sixth-ranked Kailua (3-3). Seventh-ranked Moanalua fell to 2-3.
"I felt good, I had the mentality where I was hungry for the win," said Kamau, a senior right-hander.
That was evident since two outs in the bottom of the third inning, when he collided with his catcher, Cameron Fuchigami, on a popped up bunt between home plate and the pitcher's mound (Moanalua was the designated home team). Michael Egami scored from third base on the play, putting Nā Menehune up, 2-0, and Kamau bruised his right shin.
"That was my mistake, I should have called for (the pop up)," said Kamau, who needed several warm-up tosses before play resumed. "At first, I thought I couldn't (pitch), but then I thought I could fight through it."
Kamau got out of the inning with a strikeout, then got his chance for redemption in the fifth when he came to bat with two outs and Roosevelt trailing 2-1 with the bases loaded. Kamau sliced an outside fastball down into the right-field corner for a triple, putting the Rough Riders up, 4-2.
"I was thinking, 'This is my chance to get us back in the game,' " Kamau said.
Moanalua cut it to 4-3 with one out in the bottom of the seventh, after back-to-back doubles from Timothy Arakawa and pinch-hitter Jordan DePonte, who took third on the throw home. Ryan Cortez was then hit by a pitch and pinch runner Austin Inabata stole second, so cleanup batter Bronson Shim was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Kamau then induced a grounder near second base, which shortstop Randon Mamuad fielded cleanly before stepping on the bag and throwing to first for a game-ending double play.
"We had our chances, but you gotta give credit to (Kamau)," Nā Menehune coach Scott Yamada said. "He got injured, but he battled back."
ROOSEVELT (6-1) 000 040 0 4 4 2
MOANALUA (2-3) 002 000 13 6 3
Billy Kamau and Cameron Fuchigami; Dae Yang Kim, Zach Manago (6) and Brandon Kong. W Kamau. L Kim.
Leading hitters Roosevelt: Kamau triple, 3 RBIs. Moanalua: Jordan DePonte double, RBI; Timothy Arakawa double.
OIA RED WEST
PEARL CITY 12, 'AIEA 2
Jordan Oshiro went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and Kahana Neal and Royce Murai each had two hits, with Murai contributing a solo homer, as the host and top-ranked Chargers beat Nā Ali'i in an OIA Red West game.
'AIEA (2-3) 110 000 0 2 6 2
PEARL CITY (5-0) 802 002 X12 11 1
Kaulona Wong, Trevor Ling (1), Remi Daveport (3) and Brent Tanonaka. Edwin Izumigawa and Royce Murai. W Izumigawa. L Wong.
Leading hitters 'Aiea: Chase Aquino 2-3, 1 RBI; Brock Asher double, 1 RBI. Pearl City: Jordan Oshiro 3-4, double, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Kahana Neal 2-3, double, 1 RBI; Reid Ramos 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Royce Murai 2-3, homer.
Reported by Gary Nakamoto
CAMPBELL 7, KAPOLEI 6
Donato Gallano singled in Kaeo Kapana with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning as the host and No. 9 Sabers outlasted the Hurricanes.
Charles Kaalekahi pitched a complete game for Campbell, which scored two in the seventh to send it into extra innings. Chad Kaalekahi had an RBI single and Jaren Maghamil scored on a passed ball.
Both teams scored twice in the eighth.
KAPOLEI (2-5) 100 003 0206 10 2
CAMPBELL (5-0) 100 100 2217 11 4
Brandon Damas, Michael Filio (7) and William Leskovec. Charles Kaalekahi and Chadwick Kaalekahi. W Char. Kaalekahi. L Filio.
Leading hitters Kapolei: Matt Moses 2-5; Damas 2-5 double, 2 runs; Trey Kamachi 2 RBIs; Cody Kamei 2-4, triple, 2 RBIs; Trent Hiramoto 2-4. Campbell: Robert Kahana 3-5, double, triple, 2 runs; Char. Kaalekahi double, 2 RBIs; Chad. Kaalekahi 2-5.
WAIPAHU 13, FARRINGTON 0
Jonathan Igarta pitched a one-hitter and also drove in two runs as the host Marauders routed the Governors in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule.
Jarrin Abreu went 3 for 3 with a homer, Dane Chee also homered, and Jonathan Casamina went 2 for 2 with three RBIs.
FARRINGTON (2-3) 000 00 0 1 3
WAIPAHU (5-0) 043 6013 12 1
Bradley Parras, Shane Machado (4) and Bryston Doctolero. Jonathan Igarta and Edward Agag. W Igarta. L Parras.
Leading hitters Farrington: none. Waipahu: Jarrin Abreu 3-3, homer, 2 RBIs; Dan Chee 2-3, double, homer, 2 RBIs; Jonathan Casamina 2-2, double, 3 RBIs; Jonathan Igarta 2-3, 2 RBIs.
Reported by Milton Takenaka
NĀNĀKULI 12, MCKINLEY 7
Ryan Talo hurled a five-hitter and went 4 for 4, Isaiah Pavo batted 3 for 3 and Eric Scott had two hits as the Golden Hawks beat the host Tigers in an OIA White game.
MCKINLEY (1-4) 131 101 0 7 5 1
NāNāKULI (1-3) 433 020 X 12 11 3
Cutis Kometani, Andrew Kwon (4) and Rendell Cardano. Ryan Talo and Clayton Alualevau. WTalo. LKometani.
Leading hitters: McKCardano 2-4, triple. NānāTalo 4-4, 3 runs; Isaiah Pavo 3-3, double, 2 runs; Eric Scott 2-4, 2 runs.
Reported by Kimo Kaululaau
KAIMUKĪ 11, WAIALUA 6
Eddie Char went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Shawn Kitahara drove in two runs, and visiting Kaimukī scored five runs in the top of the ninth inning to beat Waialua. Kaimukī rallied for two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings.
KAIMUKĪ (4-1) 012 001 20511 11 3
WAIALUA (1-4) 222 000 000 6 7 3
Taku Cossey, Tevin Nishiyama (4) and Pono Ayers. Kai Albeso, Justin Tantog (6), Mykal Guigui (9) and Christian Whittaker. W Nishiyama. L Tantog.
Leading hitters Kaimukī: Eddie Char 2-4, double, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Maa Tau triple, 3 runs; Kohta Nishitani 2 runs; Shawn Kitahara 2 RBIs. Waialua: Guigui 2-5, 1 RBI.
Reported by Terry Onizuka
RADFORD 8, KAHUKU 1
The visiting Rams beat the Red Raiders. Details of the game were not available.
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