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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Thursday, April 8, 2010

Neal's one-hitter lifts Pearl City

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Hawaii news photo - The Honolulu Advertiser

Pearl City's Kahana Neal took a perfect game into the sixth and finished with a one-hitter to beat Campbell, 4-0.

NORMAN SHAPIRO | The Honolulu Advertiser

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PEARL CITY Pearl City High School senior Kahana Neal took a highly anticipated pitchers' duel to another level yesterday, tossing a one-hitter and facing only one batter over the minimum in a 4-0 victory over Campbell.

The Chargers, ranked No. 1 in The Advertiser's statewide Top 10 poll of coaches and media, improved to 9-0 in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association and clinched at least a share of the OIA Red Conference Western Division title. Campbell fell to 6-3.

"I felt pretty confident," said Neal, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound right-hander. "I hit my spots and my team backed me up. Everything fell into place."

Neal took a perfect game into the top of the sixth inning, retiring the Sabers' first 15 batters until Cole Nagamine lined a sharp single into right field. Nagamine advanced to second on a wild pitch, but was stranded as Neal set down the next three batters on a popup to short and two strikeouts.

Neal then set down Campbell in order in the seventh, finishing with nine strikeouts.

"Kahana threw unreal from the get-go," Sabers coach Rory Pico said. "It felt like our guys were in an 0-2 hole all game ... I'm not sure how many good pitches they had to hit."

Pearl City gave Neal a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, on Austin Bali's two-out, two-run double to left-center field. The Chargers made it 3-0 in the fourth on Royce Murai's two-out RBI single to left, and 4-0 in the sixth on another run-scoring single by Murai.

All four runs were charged to Campbell senior ace Kale Ka'alekahi, a hard-throwing right-hander who has signed a national letter of intent to pitch for the University of Hawai'i next season.

CAMPBELL (6-3) 000 000 0 0 1 2

PEARL CITY (9-0) 200 101 X 4 8 0

Kale Ka'alekahi, Kaeo Kapana (6) and Po'o Ka'alekahi; Kahana Neal and Isaac Shim. W Neal. L Ka'alekahi.

Leading hitters Campbell: Cole Nagamine 1-2. Pearl City: Austin Bali 2-2, double, 2 RBIs; Royce Murai 2-3, 2 RBIs; Jonathan Kealoha 2-4, double.


Kenan Sadanaga, Bronson Smithe and Alfred Paas each had two hits and the visiting Mules rallied with two runs in the top of the seventh to beat the Hurricanes.

LEILEHUA (4-6) 020 020 26 9 4

KAPOLEI (3-6) 012 200 05 8 4

Cyrus Ah-Quin, Wayne Pacheco (5) and Aaron Higa. Cody Kamei and Brandon Damas. W Pacheco. L Kamei.

Leading hitters Leilehua: Kenan Sadanaga 2-4, double, 2 runs; Bronson Smithe 2-4, 1 RBI; Joshua Chandler 1 RBI; Alfred Paas 2-3, double, triple. Kapolei: Kamei double, 1 RBI; Christian Estabillo 2-4, triple, 2 RBIs; Trent Hiramoto 1 RBI.

Reported by Tom Ebanez


The game between Nā Ali'i and the Trojans was postponed because of rain and will be made up today at 4 p.m. at Mililani.



Kamalu Kamoku went 4 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs, Jordan Deponte had two hits and two RBIs and visiting Nā Menehune held off a late rally by the Cougars.

MOANALUA (4-5) 204 220 212 12 1

KAISER (5-4) 010 300 4 8 10 2

Jacob Fukuyama, Bronson Shim (7), Tim Arakawa (7) and Brandon Kong. Kaipo Oamilda-Scholtz, Royce Kuromoto (3), Austin Ortega (5), Tyler Lau (7) and Makana Lyman. W Fukuyama. L Oamilda-Scholtz.

Leading hitters Moanalua: Kamalu Kamoku 4-4, homer, 2 RBIs; Shim triple, 1 RBI; Todd Takabuki double, RBI; Jordan Deponte 2-4, double, 2 RBIs. Kailua: Shane Tsutara homer, 4 RBIs; Landon Nakai homer, RBI; Dennis Duro 2-3.

Reported by Vince Bedoya


Devin Lee pitched four innings and went 2 for 2 with four RBIs, and Jace Shimabukuro singled, homered and drove in three runs to lead the host Falcons.

KALĀHEO (0-9) 101 000 0 2 3 5

KALANI (2-5) 013 520 X 11 7 2

Luke Pauli, Schmeding (3), Nathan Milca (5) and Justin Pagan. Devin Lee, Cal Sumida (5) and Kiel Odo. W Lee. L Pavli.

Leading hitters Kalāheo: Pagan 2 runs. Kalani: Jace Shimabukuro 2-4, homer, 3 RBIs, 2 runs; Spencer Shiroma 2-2, 2 runs; Lee 2-2, double, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Sean Nii 2 runs.

Reported by Kalani Athletics



Jobi Fontenot went 3 for 5 to lead a 14-hit offense as the visiting Rams beat the Marauders in a battle of unbeatens.

RADFORD (9-0) 100 018 010 14 1

WAIPAHU (8-1) 100 101 0 3 7 5

Rylee Moore and Troy Evans. Drake Yoshioka, Sam Chee (6) and Aldrin Padilla. W Moore. L Yoshioka.

Leading hitters Radford: Jobi Fontenot 3-5; Christian Espenshade 2-4; Jesus Tenorio 2-4; Joseph Masnas 2-4; Damon Puskarich 2-4. Waipahu: Yoshioka triple; Chee solo homer; Jonathan Casamina 2-3.

Reported by Milton Takenaka


Maa Tau and Eddie Char combined to scatter six hits, and Kohta Nishitani and Char had two hits each for the host Bulldogs.

FARRINGTON (2-7) 000 110 02 6 1

KAIMUKĪ (1-2) 101 001 X3 8 3

Bradley Parras and Bryston Doctolero. Maa Tau, Eddie Char (6) and Char, Pono Ayers (6). W Tau. L Parras.

Leading hitters Farrington: Doctolero 2-3, double; Lester Alcaje 2-3. Kaimukī: Kohta Nishitani 2-3; Char 2-3, double; Dallas Reis double.

Reported by Reid Yoshikawa


Iukini Hughes went 4 for 4 with an RBI, Mike Lin tripled in two runs and Joe Nozawa struck out nine in pitching a complete game for the visiting Red Raiders.

KAHUKU (5-4) 002 003 27 9 2

MCKINLEY (2-6) 010 220 05 5 2

Joe Nozawa and Austin Hite. Kurtis Kometani and Rendell Cardano. W Nozawa. L Kometani.

Leading hitters Kahuku: Iukini Hughes 4-4, double, 1 RBI; Kai Saniatan double, 1 RBI; Mike Lin triple, 2 RBIs. McKinley: Adam Buote double, Tyren O'Connell double; John Kaawa double, 2 RBIs.

Reported by Pat Ganeku




Shaydon Apela-Moku pitched a one-hitter and went 2 for 3 with four RBIs, and Chelsea Lima went 3 for 4 with two RBIs for the host Cougars in a game shortened to five innings due to the 10-run rule.

MCKINLEY (0-7) 000 00 0 1 2

KAISER (6-3) 354 4X16 9 1

Amanda Sakagawa and Ashlen Hanaoka. Shaydon Apela-Moku and Sadie Katti-Abordo. W Apela-Moku. L Sakagawa.

Leading hitters McKinley: none. Kaiser: Chelsea Lima 3-4, double, 2 RBIs; Shelby Pa 2-3; Apela-Moku 2-3, triple, 4 RBIs.

Reported by Mitchell Matsumoto


Sarah Fitzherbert and Teone Farley-Mahoe combined to space three hits and both went 2 for 4 to lead the visiting Mustangs over Nā Ali'i.

KALĀHEO (4-2) 202 200 06 6 4

'AIEA (3-3) 000 200 13 3 7

Sarah Fitzherbert, Teone Farley-Mahoe (4) and Tiffany Harada. Kelcie Takeuchi, Joe-Ann Rapoza and Ashlei Liilii. W Fitzherbert. L Takeuchi.

Leading hitters Kalāheo: Fitzherbert 2-4; Farley-Mahoe 2-4. 'Aiea: Tani Tauanuu 2-2, triple.

Reported by Tracie Koide



Kim Souza had a triple and two RBIs, and Nani Taniguchi pitched a four-hitter as the host Raiders held off the Buffanblu in a playoff for second place in the first round.

PUNAHOU (6-3) 010 000 01 4 0

'IOLANI (6-2) 000 030 X3 4 0

Jasmine Ioane and Kayla Shimoda. Nani Taniguchi and Kryn Masutani. W Taniguchi. L Ioane.

Leading hitters Punahou: Shimoda 2-3, double, triple; Ioane homer. 'Iolani: Kim Souza triple, 2 RBIs.

Reported by Lance Watanabe

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