HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL
Waiakea takes a walk into the semifinals
The Warriors score the winning run on a walk to beat Baldwin in the state baseball tournament
WAILUKU, Maui » The longest and, arguably, most eventful day in the history of the HHSAA/Wally Yonamine Foundation baseball tournament did not officially come to an end until 1:16 this morning.
That's when a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the seventh inning forced in the winning run in Waiakea's 4-3 quarterfinal victory over third-seeded Baldwin.
The day was supposed to have started at 9 a.m., when a rain-suspended game from the night before between Punahou and Kailua was scheduled to resume.
But the game was moved to nearby Maui High School because of the still-soggy condition of Iron Maehara Stadium and it didn't officially get under way until 10:12. Punahou eventually posted an 8-4 win and, after a two-hour break, came back to defeat fourth-seeded Kamehameha-Hawaii 9-4.
The next scheduled game was delayed for 45 minutes when Castle assistant coach Brent Taniguchi suffered a heart attack as the Knights were about to take the field for their game aginst Maui. Despite the emotional stress on the team, Castle pitcher Royce Diaz tossed only the fourth no-hitter in state tournament history to beat the Sabers 1-0.
Castle then came back to stun top-seeded Aiea 2-0 behind sophomore pitcher Glenn Silva, who was making only his second varsity start.
In fact, the only seeded team to survive was No. 2 Kamehameha.
And the Warriors had to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the bottom of the seventh and needed 10 innings to finally subdue Kaiser 4-3.
Waiakea 4, Baldwin 3
Leading 3-0 after three innings on a perfectly executed squeeze play by Garrett Ameral in the second and a two-run single by Jarom Lee in the third, Waikea watched that advantage disappear against the hometown Bears.
Shaun Shima drove home Baldwin's first run with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the fifth and the Bears added two more in the sixth on a throwing error and by virtue of a confusing botched squeeze attempt that confusing and controversially resulted in a stole base.
Baldwin again loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, but escaped the jam when Waiakea's Shelden Otsuka, tossed a third strike past Baldwin's Logan Kamanu. The Warriors then loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before Rory Inouye received a walk from Baldwin hurler Jimmy Legsay to force in the winning run.
Castle 2, Aiea 0
Admitting he was playing a wild hunch, Castle coach Joseph Tom picked recently promoted Silva to take the ball in the quarterfinal game against the top-seeded Na Alii.
"Glenn's ball has great movement, and I wanted to give Aiea something they hadn't seen before," Tom said. "The kid did a great job, but our other players helped him by coming up with some great defensive support.
"I don't really know how to describe it, but I've seen our boys visibly mature in only one day," Tom added. "To go through what went through with the medical situation with coach Brent alone says a lot about their ability to adjust and come together."
Tom said that Taniguchi was in good condition at Maui Memorial Medical Center and thanked the response of Maui High trainer Chris Pagdilao, emergency medical personnel that arrived on the scene and Maui firefighter Eric Otani -- a Castle grad who just happened to drop by to watch his old school play -- for helping to save Taniguchi's life.
Punahou 9, Kamehameha-Hawaii 4
Punahou 8, Kailua 4
The two-time defending champion Buffanblu capitalized on a pair of big innings to defeat the fourth-seeded Kamehameha-Hawaii Warriors 9-4.
Five hours earlier, the Buffanblu completed an 8-4 win over Kailua.
Michael D'Alessio, Preston Nakata (3), Pat Murphy (5) and Rayner Yokoi, Michael D'Alessio (3). Jeeter Ishida, Paul Snieder (5) and Zach Kometani. W
Leading hitters--Kail: Nakata 3-4, 2b; D'Alessio 2-3, 2b, RBI. Pun: Bucky Aona 3-4, 3 RBIs; Maika Murashige 2-3; Ishida 2-3, 2b; Scott Hiramoto 2-4, RBI; Kometani 2-2, RBI.
Kamehameha 4, Kaiser 3, 10 inn.
The second-seeded Warriors advanced on Ed Dun's one-out double to right-center, scoring pinch runner Tyler Hee from first.
Aaron Correa, Joshua Antonio (3) and Kolten Wong. Carl Graves, Paul Snider (5) and Zach Kometani. W
Leading hitters--KS-Hawaii: Reece Alnas 2b; Makaala Heidenfeldt 2-4, 2b, RBI. Pun: Snieder 2-4, 3b, 3 RBIs; Steve Dannaway HR, 3 RBIs; Matt Suiter 2-2.
Castle 1, Maui 0
Junior right-hander Royce Diaz struck out four, issued four walks and hit a batter while recording the fourth no-hitter in state tournament history to lead the Knights.
Castle scored the game's only run in the third when Kyle Kanaeholo doubled to left for the second of his three hits and scored on a throwing error by shortstop Lorenzo White.
Kalaika Kahoohalahala and Alex Hunte. Royce Diaz and Lyle Kitagawa. W
Leading hitters--Cast: Kyle Kanaeholo 3-3; Dallas Olsen 2-3.
At Iron Maehara Stadium
1. Aiea. 2. Kamehameha. 3. Baldwin. 4. Kamehameha-Hawaii.
Game 1: Waiakea 3, Moanalua 2
2: Kaiser 10, Waimea 3
3: Punahou 8, Kailua 4
4: Castle 1, Maui, 0
6: Punahou 9, Kamehameha-Hawaii 4
7: Kamehameha 4, Kaiser 3, 10 inn.
8: Castle 2, Aiea 0
9: Waiakea vs. Baldwin, not avail. at press
5: Kailua vs. Maui
10: Moanalua vs. Waimea, 10 a.m.
11: Kamehameha-Hawaii vs. Aiea, 12:30 p.m.
12: Kaiser vs. loser Waiakea/Baldwin, 3 p.m.
13: Punahou vs. Castle, 5:30 p.m.
14: Kamehameha vs. winner Waiakea/Baldwin, 8 p.m.
15: Winners of Games 10 & 5, noon
16: Winners of Games 12 & 11, 2:30 p.m.
17: Losers of Games 14 & 13, 5 p.m.
18: Winners of Games 14 & 13, 8 p.m.