Saturday, February 2, 2002
[ HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL ]
After playing nine games in the past seven days, the Baldwin softball team finally hit the wall last night.
Kamehameha avenges loss
By Jason Kaneshiro
Kamehameha dethroned the defending state champion Bears with an 8-1 win in the semifinals of the Chevron State Softball Championships at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
"They played their hearts out. We just literally ran out of gas," Baldwin coach Ryan Souza said. "They're trying their best to stay focused, but I could see in their eyes they were tired."
Kamehameha will play the winner of the second semifinal between Kailua and Leilehua, which was suspended due to rain in the top of the fifth inning with Kailua leading 2-1.
The game will be resumed at noon today. Kamehameha is scheduled to play the winner for the championship at 7 p.m.
The Warriors advance to their second straight championship game. They lost to the Bears 1-0 last year.
Leo Sing Chow, who took the loss against Baldwin last year, shut down the Bears last night. The senior gave up four hits and struck out 10 to earn the win.
"It helped to really drive us this year," Sing Chow said of last year's loss. "That game comes back from time to time and when we think about it we just work harder and harder. So when it came down to tonight, we just played our best because we knew they were a tough team."
Baldwin's team of 10 players was taxed by last week's Maui Interscholastic League tournament and Monday's MIL championship game against Maui. After losing to Maui in the title game, the Bears had a day to prepare for three straight days of state tournament play.
"It's not what we wanted, but I'm proud of our effort," Souza said.
Kamehameha gave Sing Chow some early support, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning on a Brandi Peiler hit and a Sing Chow ground out. Sharee Fonoti scored on a throwing error in the second.
Baldwin tried to claw back into the game in the fourth inning. Zoie Sevilla led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Sevilla took off for third on another pitch in the dirt and scored when the throw went into left field.
The Bears mounted another rally in the fifth. Angela Larose led off with a single and Chevy Wong followed with a line drive to right field. But Napua Naumu threw Wong out at first and Robinson's throw to second caught Larose for a back-door double play.
Kamehameha put the game out of reach with five runs in the sixth inning.
Kamehameha 8, Baldwin 1
Baldwin 000 100 0 -- 1 4 3 Kamehameha 210 005 x -- 8 9 2
Sabrina Alesna-Mindoro and Ashlyn Russell; Leo Sing Chow and Kaulana Gould. W -- Sing Chow. L-- Alesna-Mindoro.
Leading hitters -- Bald: Russell 2-3. Kam: Brandi Peiler 2-3, 3 RBI; Sardinha 2-3.
Iolani 6, Kealakehe 2
Iolani 230 001 0 -- 6 8 2 Kealakehe 001 010 0 -- 2 5 4
Monique Obra and Tricia Sakamoto; Alana Power and Tasha Fabinal. W -- Obra. L -- Power.
Leading hitters -- Iol: Kelly Asato 2-3; Maile Sylva 2-3. Keal: Alana Power 3-3, 2 RBI
Waimea 7, Waiakea 2
Waimea 402 100 0 -- 7 9 3 Waiakea 000 002 0 -- 2 7 5
Albette Nawai, Lynette Perreira and Destinie Keamoai; Myra Amisone and Dawn Shiroma, Jenna Yanagi. W -- Nawai. L -- Amisone.
Leading hitters: Waim -- Ann Guewa-Bucasas 2-3, 2b. Waik: Myra Amisone 2-3, 2b.
Mililani 6, Maui 2
Mililani 110 000 4 -- 6 9 1 Maui 000 200 0 -- 2 3 1
Johnna Rowland and Erika Au; JanaLee Medeiros and Natalie Lansman. W -- Rowland. L -- Medeiros.
Leading hitters -- Mil: Charity Senas 3-4, RBI; Karyna Wilkerson 2-4, 3 RBI. Maui: Natalie Lansman 2-3.