HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL
RICHARD WALKER / RWALKER@STARBULLETIN.COM
Cambell's Gerika Pentohen was out at first as Mililani's Cartney Abear caught the ball at Central Oahu Regional Park yesterday.
An unlikely source got things started for Mililani and a familiar source finished things up.
Trojans take off
Mililani is the latest of many teams to repeat as OIA softball champion:
1979: Pearl City
1978: Pearl City
Leadoff hitter Kristi Oshiro hit her first home run of the season to get the Trojans on the board, and pitcher Makani Duhaylonsod, the do-it-all Trojan senior, wasn't going to play her final Oahu Interscholastic Association game as anything less than a champion.
Combined, they carried the No. 1 Trojans to their second straight Oahu Interscholastic Association Red Division championship last night, 4-3 over a dangerous Campbell team.
Mililani made the most of its four hits. In the fifth with the game knotted at 3-3, Duhaylonsod launched a liner against the center-field wall to score the athletic Courtney Senas from first base for the go-ahead run.
"I was just looking for the ball in the right zone for me to hit," Duhaylonsod said. "Just wanted to make good contact and make sure I get on base."
She struck out five and set the No. 3 Sabers down in order in the seventh, and the Trojan dugout went berserk.
And, of course, there was the improbable home run from Oshiro, the Trojan second baseman, on the second pitch she saw.
"Clutch hits, timely hitting, they came through for us," Mililani coach Rose Antonio said. "(Oshiro's homer) was huge for the kids."
"It's a hard one to lose," Campbell coach David Perreira said. "We came and we battled all the way through. I'm most proud of our girls because they never gave up. We hit one of the best pitchers in the state very hard (nine hits) and I hope we play them again in the state tournament."
After Oshiro led off the game with a home run for Mililani, and Duhaylonsod added a solo shot in the third for a 2-0 lead.
Campbell responded in the fourth with a two-run single by Breanna Patton to take the lead at 3-2.
Trojan catcher Rebecca Lee knocked in a run in the bottom of the inning to tie things again.
At Central Oahu Regional Park
Leinna Kalua, Breanne Patton (4) and Anu Yamaguchi. Makani Duhaylonsod and Rebecca Lee. W--Duhaylonsod. L-- Patton.
Leading hitters--Campbell: Patton 2 RBIs, Kylie Tavai 2b, Gerika Pantohan 2-3. Mililani: Kristi Oshiro HR, Duhaylonsod 2-3, HR, 2b, 2 RBIs.
OIA RED PLAYOFFS
Moanalua 5, Kailua 0
Sarah Robinson struck out 10 batters and had two RBIs as Na Menehune defeated the Surfriders to win third place in the OIA Red Conference.
Krista Dumandan, Jaelleen Johnson (6) and Johnna-Lyn Pedro. Sarah Robinson and Kylee Oshiro. W--Robinson. L--Dumandan.
Leading hitters--Kailua: Pedro 2-3. Moanalua: Michelle Acosta 3-3, RBI; Robinson 2 RBIs; Lauren Oumaye 2-3; Oshiro 2-3; Steph Putaman 2-2, 2 RBIs.
Castle 4, Waipahu 2
The Knights scored two runs in both the third and sixth innings to drop the Marauders.
Castle captured fifth place in the OIA Red tournament with the win, and the OIA's final berth into the state tournament.
Waipahu will play a BIIF team in a play-in game.
Elsa Apo and Titi Felise-La'a. Maycee Moe and Kelsea Berinobis. W--Moe. L--Apo.
Leading hitters--Waipahu: Kari Sakamoto 2-4. Apo 3-4, 2 RBIs. Castle: Ryanne Dacosin 2 RBIs.