Punahou shackles Mililani, 8-3 Campbell in title game
By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer
Jasmine Ioane scattered seven hits, struck out seven and hit two home runs with five RBIs last night to lift Punahou past Mililani, 8-3, in DataHouse Division I State Softball Championship semifinal action.
The Interscholastic League of Honolulu runner-up Buffanblu improved to 14-3 in the regular and postseason and will face Campbell (17-1) in tonight's title game at Rainbow Wahine Stadium.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m., and the game will be televised live statewide on OC16.
Like Campbell, Punahou is also seeking its first state title.
"We're super excited," said Ioane, a senior right-hander. "We want to play our game, just like we've been doing."
The Buffanblu jumped to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning on Mysha Sataraka's RBI double and Ioane's towering three-run homer over the left-field fence. They made it 7-0 in the second after an RBI single by Sataraka and Ioane's two-run homer over the fence in right-center.
"That (lead) really helped," Ioane said. "It boosted my confidence."
Punahou went up, 8-0, in the fifth on two hits and an error.
"Our pitching is young," Trojans coach Rose Antonio said of junior starter Tiari-Jay Fernandez and sophomore reliever Alysia Maddison. "It's been a learning experience."
No. 1 seed and O'ahu Interscholastic Association champion Mililani (13-4) got two runs in the sixth on one hit, one error and a wild pitch, and closed to 8-3 with two outs in the seventh on Rebecca Lee's RBI infield single.
But Ioane got a popup back to the pitcher's mound to end the game.
The Trojans had overcome a 5-0 deficit and rallied past Wai'anae, 12-5, in Wednesday's quarterfinals, a game that Buffanblu coach Bob Makahilahila watched from the bleachers.
"Actually, we were waiting for them to come back again (last night), because you can't keep a good team like that down the whole game," Makahilahila said. "I thought they might eventually have a big inning."
Ioane escaped her first jam in the fourth inning, with runners at the corners and two outs, when second baseman Reina Furuya smothered a hard grounder by Mililani cleanup hitter Andi Felise with a diving stop and threw to first from her knees to kill the rally.
"That was huge," Antonio said.
PUNAHOU (14-3) 430 010 0 — 8 9 2
MILILANI (13-4) 000 002 1 — 3 7 2
Jasmine Ioane and Kayla Shimoda. Tiari-Jay Fernandez, Alysia Maddison (2) and Rebbeca Lee W — Ioane. L — Fernandez.
Leading hitters — Punahou: Ioane 2-2, 2 home runs, 5 RBIs; Mysha Sataraka 2-5, double, 2 RBIs; Jaci Young 2-3. Mililani: Lee 3-4, RBI; Maddison 2-3.
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