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Thursday, March 24, 2005



HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL


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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Mason Edra of Leilehua slid head first into third base safely yesterday in the 11-2 win over Radford.


Mules rout Rams in
OIA West opener

The Leilehua baseball team had been eagerly awaiting yesterday's league opener at Radford.

After winning the Oahu Interscholastic Association's West Division last season and finishing fifth in the state tournament, the Mules returned six starters and didn't need much extra incentive.

But they have some. The losses of three all-league players and division Coach of the Year Garett Yukumoto, now a vice principal at the Central Oahu school, have the Mules out to prove they are still a force in the OIA.

Yesterday afternoon, a determined Mule squad routed the Rams 11-2 as ace John Olley struck out 12 and added two hits to spark a 16-hit attack.

"My main purpose this time around is to get the younger coaches ready to take over, now that Garett has taken his new position," said Leilehua coach Kevin Tosaka, who resumes his post after a five-year hiatus. "For our first game, our bats really seem like they're coming around and John did a good job. He had been having some problems with his mechanics, but our coaches have been working with him."

Olley, a 6-foot junior right-hander, spaced seven hits in the complete-game win, allowing two earned runs to run his record to 8-1 over the past two seasons.

The 2004 second-team All-OIA West pick struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh and did not walk a batter.

"He was pretty good," said Leilehua catcher Gavin Uyeda. "We were just trying to hit spots and work location. He was taking off of his fastball and he did really well, and we have high expectations for him after how he pitched last year."

Uyeda contributed with his arm and bat in the win, gunning down two of the three Radford base stealers, while also going 3-for-5 with two runs scored as the fifth batter in Leilehua's order.

The Mules opened their season by scoring four in the top of the first, keyed by Kelsey Yoshikami's three-run triple to left field. Following an RBI single by Joshua Pastor, Leilehua loaded the bases as Bryant Moniz was hit by a pitch and was followed by consecutive singles by Olley and Uyeda. Yoshikami then drilled a fastball over the head of Rams left fielder Sean Irish.

Radford battled back for a single run in the bottom of the inning, when Zachery Brisley scored on an errant throw. Brisley opened the inning with a solid single to center, and advanced to second when Olley hit Kyle Blair. Leilehua shortstop Andrew Ontai then fielded a chopper and tossed to Yoshikami at second on what appeared to be the front end of a 6-4-3 double play. But the pivot throw went wide, allowing Brisley to trot in from third.

Leilehua put together another four-run rally in the top of the seventh, with Olley's two-out, three-run double to right-center doing most of the damage.

Yoshikami and third baseman Sevy Tolentino joined Uyeda with three hits, while Olley, Ontai and Pastor paired hits. Radford was led by catcher Kyle Howell, who went 2-for-3 with a double in the loss.

Leilehua will host Nanakuli on Saturday at Fred Wright Park in Wahiawa, while Radford travels to Aiea.

At Radford H.S.
Leilehua (1-0) 401 020 4 -- 11 14 2
Radford (0-1) 100 001 0 -- 2 7 5

John Olley and Gavin Uyeda. Justin Lord, Chad Asi (6) and Kyle Howell.
W--Olley. L--Lord.
Leading hitters--Lei: Olley 2-5, 2b, 3 RBI; Casey Yamaguchi 1-4, 2b; Kelsey Yoshikami 3-5, 3b, 3 RBI. Rad: Howell 2-3, 2b, run; Sean Irish 1-3, 3b.

Pearl City 6, Kapolei 4

The Chargers used a four-run seventh-inning rally to down the Hurricanes.

Justin Purvey hit a grand slam to give the Hurricanes a 4-1 lead in the first inning. But starter Jason Tamanaha shut out the Hurricanes for the rest of the game to lead the Chargers to the win.

At Kapolei H.S.
Pearl City (1-0) 100 010 4 -- 6 9 1
Kapolei (0-1) 400 000 0 -- 4 8 1

Jason Tamanaha and P. Domingo. Cameron San Gregory, John Santiago (7) and Michael Kahalehoe.
W--Tamanaha. L--Gregory.
Leading hitters--PC: K. Tanabe 2-3, 2 runs, RBI; T. Yamasaki 2-3, RBI; K. Teentis 2-3, 2b, RBI. Kap: Aaron Santiago 2-4, 2b; Justin Purvey 1-3, grand slam; Jason Vierra 3-3.

Nanakuli def. Waialua

The Bulldogs forfeited the game to the Golden Hawks because they didn't have enough players.

OIA East

No. 6 Kaiser 11, Kaimuki 0

Reyn Kimura and Toby Inouye combined to throw a no-hitter to defeat the Bulldogs.

Kimura got the win for the Cougars, going four innings, striking out six and walking four.

Cougar Colby Ho went 2-for-3 with a double and scored four runs.

At Kaimuki H.S.
5 innings, 10-run rule
Kaiser (1-0) 330 32 -- 11 8 0
Kaimuki (0-1) 000 00 -- 0 0 4

Reyn Kimura, Toby Inouye (5) and Jarryd Maeda. Corey Morihara, Akoni Sexton (4) and Tyler Tausaga, Danny Berger (5).
W--Kimura. L--Morihara.
Leading hitters--Kais: Colby Ho, 2-3, 2b, 4 runs; Neale Asato, 2-4, 2 2bs; J. Maeda, 2b, 3 RBIs; Andy Uehara, 2b, 2 runs; Landon Kaaua, 3 runs.

Kailua 16, Farrington 1

Plagued by throwing errors, the Governors lost a five-inning rout to the visiting Surfriders.

Michael D'Alessio pitched a two-hit complete game. Kekoa Sua and Ryan Rodrigues each hit two doubles in the win.

At Kailua H.S.
5 innings, 10-run rule
Kailua (1-0) 032 65 -- 16 9 1
Farrington (0-1) 000 01 -- 1 2 7

Michael D'Alessio and Kevin Matsumoto. Alison Tolentino, Anthony Gabrillo (5) and Jay-Ar Mariano.
W--D'Alessio. L--Tolentino.
Leading hitters--Kail: Kekoa Sua, 2-4, 2 2bs; Ryan Rodrigues, 2-2, 2 2bs, Kurt Sasaoka, 3b. Far: Andrew Ganaban, 2b.

Kalani 4, Castle 3

Trevor Teraoka went 2-for-4 and scored twice to lead the Falcons past the Knights.

Catcher Preston Pires also went 2-for-4 in the win, driving in two runs. Micah Takahashi allowed six hits in the complete-game win.

At Castle H.S.
Kalani (1-0) 100 111 0 -- 4 9 1
Castle (0-1) 002 001 0 -- 3 6 1

Micah Takahashi and Preston Pires. Ikaika Reppuhn and David Mohika.
W--Takahashi. L--Reppuhn.
Leading hitters--Kaln: Trevor Teraoka 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Pires 2-4, 2 RBIs; S. Mikami 2-2, run. Cas: Reppuhn 3b; Kelsey Kochi 2b; Shane Dydasco 2b.

Roosevelt 13, Kalaheo 0

Kalani Yoshimura threw a one-hitter to lead the Rough Riders past the Mustangs.

Yoshimura also batted 3-for-4, scoring twice.

At Kailua Recreation Center
5 innings, 10-run rule
Roosevelt (1-0) 540 04 -- 13 12 1
Kalaheo (0-1) 000 00 -- 0 1 1

Kalani Yoshimura and Kevin Fujii. Sean Brown, Paul Smithe (4), Doug Cox (5) and David Pershin.
Leading hitters--Roos: Fujii 3-4, 2 runs, RBI; Darren Delodio, 3-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Kien Loo 2-4, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

McKinley 13, Kahuku 7

McKinley scored seven unearned runs in the bottom of the sixth to break open what had been a close game. The Tigers were aided by five walks, two hit batters and an error in the inning.

At McKinley H.S.
Kahuku 020 020 3 -- 7 7 3
McKinley 020 047 x -- 13 8 1

Keola Kahele, Kurtney Silva (5), Ben Wallace (6) and Bronson Ponciano-Ahue; Devin Okinaga, Kuniyuki (4), Hirasaki (7) and Mitani.
W--Kuniyuki. L--Kahele.
Leading hitters--Kah: B. Ponciano-Ahue, 2-3; B.J. Adolpho, 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs; Andy Lowe, 2b, 2 RBIs; Kimble Niumatalolo, 2b. McK: Maemori, 2-4; D. Okinaga, 2-5; Kraemer, 2-run HR.



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