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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kamau lifts Roosevelt over Moanalua, 4-3

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Roosevelt pitcher Billy Kamau collided with catcher Cameron Fuchigami while chasing a pop up in the third inning against Moanalua yesterday.

NORMAN SHAPIRO | Honolulu Advertiser

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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 1—3 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.



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 X—12 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


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) 100 003 020—6 10 2

CAMPBELL (5-0) 100 100 221—7 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.



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 60—13 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


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. W—Talo. L—Kometani.

Leading hitters: McK—Cardano 2-4, triple. Nānā—Talo 4-4, 3 runs; Isaiah Pavo 3-3, double, 2 runs; Eric Scott 2-4, 2 runs.

Reported by Kimo Kaululaau


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) 012 001 205—11 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


The visiting Rams beat the Red Raiders. Details of the game were not available.

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