Ricky Bauer pitched a shutout to lead Mid-Pacific to a 7-0 win over Pac-Five yesterday at Ala Wai Field as the Owls captured the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's regular-season baseball crown.
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By Jason Kaneshiro
With the win, Mid-Pacific also earned a spot in next month's Hawaii High School Athletic Association tournament, and the top seed in the ILH's double-elimination tournament that starts Thursday.
"It's a big relief for us," Bauer said. "Last year we fell short, and this year we just wanted to make sure we got in, so it was kind of a relief for everybody."
The Owls will enter the tournament with a streak of 2013 innings without allowing a run as Bauer's performance capped a remarkable week for the Mid-Pacific pitching staff. Pat McGuigan tossed 613 innings of shutout relief against Punahou last Tuesday and Justin Pate threw a complete-game shutout Friday against Damien.
"That was a good surprise," Mid-Pacific coach Dunn Muramaru said. "You don't expect to throw two shutouts and have six shutout innings."
Bauer faced one batter over the minimum, limiting the Wolfpack to two hits and striking out five batters. He retired 12 consecutive hitters after giving up a single to Jeris Nakamasu to lead off the game. Troy Okada's looping single to right in the fifth was Pac-Five's only other hit.
Matthew Inouye led Mid-Pacific at the plate by going 3-for-3 with two triples. After scoring two runs in the first inning, the Owls took control with a four-run rally in the third. Singles by Dane Marcouiller and Bryan Terayama accounted for three runs batted in.
The ILH's second berth will be given to the winner of the league's double-elimination tournament. Mid-Pacific will then play the tournament winner for the overall league championship. If the Owls win the tournament, the second place teams from the tournament and regular season will play for the state tournament spot.
At Ala Wai Field
Pac-Five (4-10) 000 000 0 -- 0 2 0 Mid-Pacific (11-3) 204 100 x -- 7 9 0
Jeff Soranaka, Jon Kato (4) and Korey Shinagawa; Ricky Bauer and Matthew Inouye. W--Bauer. L--Soranaka.
Leading hitters--Mid-Pacific: Inouye 3-3, 3 runs, 2 triples, RBI. Bryan Terayama 2 RBIs.
Iolani 12, Damien 6:Blaine Umeda drove in three runs and picked up the win on the mound as the Raiders rallied past the Monarchs.
Kila Kaaihue went 4-for-5 with two doubles for Iolani.
At Ala Wai Field
Iolani (10-4) 002 130 6 -- 12 14 1 Damien (2-12) 001 500 0 -- 6 5 4
Rich Olsen, Travis McGaughy (4), Blaine Umeda (4) and Travis Mitsuda; Brandon Tamanaha, Chase Matsuda (7) and Cheyne Kawamoto. W--Umeda. L--Tamanaha.
Leading hitters--Iolani: Kila Kaaihue 4-5, 3 runs, 2 doubles; Umeda 2-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBIs; Kala Kaaihue 2-3, 3 runs, double; Travis Watanabe 2-4, RBI. Damien: Stean Abe triple, 3 RBIs.
Friday's box score
Kamehameha 16, Punahou 8At Ala Wai Field
Punahou (8-6) 103 201 1 -- 8 9 6 Kamehameha (8-6) 302 245 x -- 16 11 1
Kea Kometani, Kevin Sahara (3), Matt Oda (3), Jason Owens (5), Brent Teraoka (5) and Randall Mizuno; Hubert Pruett, Isaac Kamai (3), Kainoa Yoshida (4), Zack McAngus (5), Shannon Kahale (6) and Danny Nitahara. W--Kahale. L--Oda.
Leading hitters--Punahou: Reid Matsushima 2-3, RBI; Jordan Takaki 2 RBI. Kamehameha: Jherell Miller 2-4, RBI, double; Bronson Sardinha double, RBI; Kelii Correa 2-4, 4 RBIs, 2 home runs.
Kamehameha 53, S. Hearts 39:The Warriors held off a Lancers comeback in the third quarter and pulled away in the fourth to improve to 9-1 in the ILH.
Sacred Hearts cut an eight point Kamehameha lead to four during the third quarter. But Megan Ching and Ashley Ruff combined to score 10 of the Warriors' 20 fourth quarter points to secure the win.
Kamehameha's Tai Soo led all scorers with 16 points. Brittney Aiwohi scored 14 for the Lancers.
At Sacred Hearts gym
Kamehameha (9-1) 14 13 6 20 -- 53 Sacred Hearts (4-6) 5 14 9 11 -- 39
Kamehameha: Nia Naumu 0, Tiffiny Shim 0, India Soo 0, Ashley Ruff 8, Courtney Chai 0, Beth Nakamura 3, Lehua Wood 2, Tai Soo 16, Krystalynn Ontai 4, Megan Kanoa 1, Megan Ching 15, Noelle Russell 4.
Sacred Hearts: Tina Boncales 0, Brittney Aiwohi 14, Nicole Raiola 0, Kimberlee Young 0, Pua Reis 5, Jenilee Dowda 8, Samanta Alapa 7, Lani Faumuina 5.
3-point goals--Sacred Hearts: 1 (Dowda).
Division II playoffs
St. Francis 36, Lutheran 19: The Troubadours clinched their fourth consecutive ILH Division II title with their win over the Lions. Liz Narkon led St. Francis (12-0) with 14 points and Jamila Jarmon added nine. The team was able to wrap up the title with two games remaining in the division's round-robin tournament, thanks in part to Lutheran's win over Hawaii Baptist last night.
"We were hoping to clinch it Tuesday against Kamehameha at the earliest," said St. Francis coach Tony Tyler. "But we got an early present."
St. Francis now qualifies for the ILH tournament to determine the league's third entry in the state tournament.
La Pietra 44, Redemption 31Leading scorers--La Pietra: Ariel Jessel 11. Redemption: Sammie Starbuck 8.
JV Division IIMaryknoll 43, La Pietra 38
Intermediate Division IIWord of Life 56, La Pietra 37: Careena Onosai scored 38 points for Word of Life.
Name: Bruce Kawano
Position: Assistant coach, Waianae Boxing Club. State Junior Olympic boxing co-chairman.
Why? "To help the kids and the community. Keep the kids in the gym and off the streets. Help them use their energy in the right ways."
People would be surprised to know: "I don't smoke. I don't drink and I don't do drugs. In high school I was the total opposite."
Family tie: Sister Lynn Kawano is a morning anchor at CBS affiliate KBCI in Boise, Idaho.
The way Bruce Kawano tells it, he could easily be in prison or dead by now. But he went to rehab. Boxing rehab.
"I didn't start boxing until I was an adult, age 21," says Kawano, who was an Oahu Interscholastic Association judo and wrestling champion at Pearl City High School.
"I could have been really good in judo, but I started getting in trouble and hanging around with the wrong crowd. I barely made it out of high school," Kawano says. "When I started boxing, it turned my life around. Boxing needs 100 percent dedication."
Kawano won two Golden Gloves state titles and three Aloha State Games championships. He fought, and won, one pro bout, in 1994.
Now he passes on what he learned the hard way to youngsters at the Waianae Boxing Club and as a part-time coach with parks and recreation.
-- By Dave Reardon, Star-Bulletin
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