Kamehameha tops 'Iolani, 4-3
• Photo gallery: Iolani vs. Kamehameha baseball
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
Jordyn Ah Chong pitched a complete game and Bryson Kenolio went 2 for 3 with three RBIs and added two outfield assists last night as Kamehameha rallied past and then held off 'Iolani, 4-3, in Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball action.
The victory at Ala Wai Field improved the Warriors to 3-3-1 in the ILH; the Raiders finished first-round play at 5-3.
"It's a good win, but we can't be big-headed about it," said Kenolio, a senior left-fielder. "The first round has been kind of frustrating, but we want to come back hard in the second round. It was a lot of little things, but if we minimize our errors and keep doing what we did tonight, we should be fine."
With Kamehameha trailing 3-2 and two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Kenolio hit a two-run single to left field to score TC Campbell from third base and Kainoa Inafuku from second. Kenolio, who bats right, said he got jammed on a first-pitch fastball but he managed to poke the ball into left field anyway.
"My coach (Vern Ramie) got me mentally in the zone, he said to go for it if I saw a good pitch, so I tried to be aggressive," Kenolio said. "I was looking for a base hit, something small."
'Iolani threatened in the top of the sixth, after Jensen Park led off with a single to right and advanced to third on Tanner Nishioka's single to left, but Nishioka was caught in a rundown trying to take second on Kenolio's throw, and was tagged out.
Ah Chong then got a flyout to right to escape the jam.
The Raiders also had runners at first and second with two outs in the seventh, but Ah Chong got a strikeout to end the game.
Ah Chong gave up 11 hits but walked only one, and that came with two outs in the seventh.
"He battled and he spaced the hits well," Ramie said. "Our defense played well, and that's something we haven't done the whole first round."
'Iolani took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning after Dylan Goto led off with a single, advanced to third on a bad throw following Kila Zuttermeister's bunt single and scored on a 6-4-3 double play. The Warriors responded with two runs in the bottom half, on RBI singles from Jacob Meyer and Kewby Meyer.
The Raiders took the lead back at 3-2 in the fifth, after pinch-hitter Corey Gokan's run-scoring single to left and Zuttermeister's RBI single down the left-field line. But Kenolio's throw home caught Kevin Barayuga to end the inning.
'Iolani played without All-State utility player Jarrett Arakawa, who injured his foot Thursday in an off-field accident.
'IOLANI (5-3) 100 020 0 — 3 11 0
KAMEHAMEHA (3-3-1) 200 020 X — 4 7 1
Michael Diebold, Carlos Rodriguez (5) and Tiras Koon; Jordyn Ah Chong and Moke Kukonu. W — Ah Chong. L — Diebold.
Leading hitters — 'Iolani: Kila Zuttermeister 2-4; Brett Watanabe 2-3, double. Kamehameha: Jacob Meyer 2-2; Bryson Kenolio 2-3, 3 RBIs.
SAINT LOUIS 13, PAC-FIVE 6
Derek Nakasato and Moses Samia both drove in four runs as the Crusaders beat the Wolf Pack at Central O'ahu Regional Park.
Kaeo Aliviado batted 3 for 3, and Jordan Fukumoto and Nakasato both scored twice for Saint Louis.
Pac-Five's Reyn Sugai batted 4 for 4 with a triple and three runs.
PAC-FIVE (2-5) 010 031 1— 6 7 0
SAINT LOUIS (6-1) 064 300 X—13 12 2
Royce Yamaki, Adam Oshiro (3), Micah Ganiron (4), Christian Morimoto (4), Jon Kagahiro (5), Jordan Kumasaka (5) and Bryson Kihara. Chris Chung, Kekona Mauricio (6), Joshua Nakamura (7) and Dallas Correa, Kekoa Peltier (7). W — Chung. L — Yamaki.
Leading hitters — Pac-Five: Reyn Sugai 4-4, triple, 3 runs; Noa Okinaka 2-4, double, 2 RBIs. Saint Louis: Jordan Fukumoto 2-2, 2 runs; Derek Nakasato 2-3, double, 2 runs, 4 RBIs; Moses Samia 2-3, double, 4 RBIs; Kalei Contrades 2 RBIs; Kaeo Aliviado 3-3.
Reported by Lonnie Mahi
MID-PACIFIC 15, PAC WEST 1
Dane Fujinaka drove in three runs and Nikolas Alarcio scored three runs as the Owls beat Pac West at Mid-Pacific.
Kelly Meguro, Blayne Chang and Justin Lee combined on a three-hitter for Mid-Pacific.
Justin Protacio, Travis Garcia-Perreira, Landon Awada and Tyler Nishimoto each drove in two runs for the Owls.
MID-PACIFIC (6-1) 11(10) 30—15 15 0
PAC WEST (1-6) 00 1 00— 1 3 2
Kelly Meguro, Blayne Chang (4), Justin Lee (5) and Dane Fujinaka, Joshua Donovan. Micah Witty-Oakland, Alec Kimura (3), Christian Nelligan (3), Shayne Nakagawa (4) and Nakagawa, Frank Perkins. W — Meguro. L — Witty.
Leading hitters — Mid-Pacific: Justin Protacio 2 RBIs; Nikolas Alarcio 2-2, 3 runs; Travis Garcia-Perreira 2 RBIs; Landon Awada double, 2 RBIs; Fujinaka 2-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Jordan Obata double, 2 runs; Cy Higashi 2-3; Tyler Nishimoto 2 RBIs. Pac West: Kellen Abe homer; Evan Fujimoto 2-2; Daniel Muraoka double.
OIA RED EAST
ROOSEVELT 10, MOANALUA 8
The host Rough Riders scored eight runs in the fifth on four walks, three hit batters, four hits and an error.
The rally put Roosevelt up 10-8, and Billy Kamau pitched the final two innings for the Rough Riders, allowing one hit and one walk with one strikeout.
MOANALUA (2-4) 210 410 0— 8 6 3
ROOSEVELT (7-1) 100 180 X—10 7 2
Regan Lum, Bronson Shim (4), Jordan Dupont (5), Zach Manago (5) and James Higa. Randon Mamuad, Jensen Miyasato (4), Brandon Ikeda (5), Billy Kamau (6) and Cameron Fuchigami. W — Ikeda. L — Manago. S — Kamau.
Leading hitters — Moanalua: Lum 2-4, 3 RBIs; Dupont double, 2 RBIs; Ross Hasegawa 2 runs; Tim Arakawa 2 runs; Shim double. Roosevelt: Fuchigami 2-3, double, 2 runs.
Reported by Matt Apana
OIA RED WEST
WAI'ANAE 4, LEILEHUA 2
Kalei Hensley pitched a three-hitter with three strikeouts as the host Seariders beat the Mules.
Wai'anae's Daniel Medrano batted 2 for 3 with two doubles.
LEILEHUA (2-5) 000 100 1—2 3 3
WAI'ANAE (2-5) 100 003 X—4 5 3
Jake Baptista and Aaron Higa. Kalei Hensley and Austin Reese. W — Hensley. L — Baptista.
Leading hitters — Leilehua: Wayne Pacheco 2-3, double. Wai'anae: Daniel Medrano 2-3, 2 doubles.
Reported by Kekoa Kaluhiokalani
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