DIVISION II STATE SOFTBALL
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARBULLETIN.COM
Pahoa third baseman Jacqueline Abellira tagged out Waialua's Rebecca Barone yesterday during the sixth inning.
Reborn Waialua wins state opener
At the start of the season, just fielding a team represented a victory for the Waialua softball program.
Division II State Softball
1. Kauai; 2. Farrington; 3. Kohala; 4. Lanai
At Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park
Game 1: Waialua 10, Pahoa 1
2: Kapaa 13, Nanakuli 1
3: Kaiser 13, Konawaena 2
4: Pac-Five 7, Waianae 1
5: Pahoa vs. Konawaena, 5 p.m. (field 1)
6: Nanakuli vs. Waianae, 5 p.m. (field 2)
7: Kauai vs. Waialua, 5 p.m. (field 3)
8: Lanai vs. Kaiser, 7 p.m. (field 1)
9: Farrington vs. Kapaa, 7 p.m. (field 2)
10: Kohala vs. Pac-Five, 7 p.m. (field 3)
11: Game 7 & 8 losers, 5 p.m. (field 1)
12: Game 9 & 10 losers, 5 p.m. (field 2)
At Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
13: Game 7 & 8 winners, 1 p.m.
14: Game 9 & 10 winners, 3 p.m.
Now the Bulldogs' comeback campaign includes a state tournament victory.
Waialua, which didn't have a large enough turnout to assemble a team last year, advanced to the quarterfinals of the DataHouse/HHSAA Division II Softball Championship with a 10-1 win over Pahoa yesterday at Central Oahu Regional Park.
"It's always been a problem for softball," Waialua coach Jay Keao said.
"Softball is not a big thing on the North Shore the way soccer is. It's a blessing we have the girls coming out where we can do something."
Marissa Keao, the daughter of the head coach, did the job in the circle and at the plate to lead Waialua (12-3) into today's quarterfinals.
Keao held Pahoa (6-6) to three hits while striking out seven and drove in two runs to lead the Bulldogs offense.
One of her few mistakes resulted in a home run to Pahoa's Tumamao Enos for the Daggers' lone run.
The win was particularly gratifying for Keao, who was left without a team last season.
"It's really big -- there's a lot of girls who stuck it out," she said. "All the other years, people would quit. ... I've been playing my whole life and it was very frustrating."
Keao and freshmen Althia Dicion and Alyssiah Hernandez are the only members of the Waialua team who play in outside softball leagues and the Bulldogs were able to fill out the roster with student-athletes from other sports.
"Just going out to volleyball and basketball and encourage them to come out," said Jay Keao, who returned to Waialua after a two-year break. "It helped us as a small school moving softball a little bit later in the year.
If not, the girls would have gone to soccer. It's a big plus for us."
In the school's first appearance in the Division II tournament, Marissa Keao gave the Bulldogs the lead yesterday with a triple to left field to score Hernandez from second.
The Bulldogs added two runs in the second when Jessica Temblor doubled and later scored on a passed ball and Dicion singled in Chanelle Naki.
Waialua padded the lead with two runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth, taking advantage of four walks and an error in the inning.
Other than the home run in the sixth, Keao was in control.
"I was just hitting my spots and my changeup was working," she said. "I've been working on it a lot and it worked today."
Noel Filoteo and Faagalupegao Enos; Marissa Keao and Alyssiah Hernandez.
Leading hitters--Pahoa: Tumamao Enos, HR. Waialua: Hernandez, 2-3; Keao, 2-3, 3b, RBI; Jessica Temblor, 2-3, 2b.
Kapaa 13, Nanakuli 1, 5 inn.
Jocelyn Enrique hit two home runs, including a game-ending three-run shot in the fifth inning, to lead the Warriors past the Golden Hawks.
Sheila Argayoso and Olafau Suaava. Melina Obar and Hanalei Gomes. W--Obar. L--Argayoso.
Leading hitters--Nanakuli: Kamil Keawe run. Kapaa: Kori Kimura 3-3, 2 runs, RBI; Jocelyn Enrique 3-3, 2 HRs, 3 runs, 4 RBIs; Leilani Laranio 2-3, HR, 2 runs.
Kaiser 13, Konawaena 2, 5 inn.
Cougars pitcher Kayla Alcoran struck out nine in a two-hit performance and Calianne Fukuda drove in three runs to lead Kaiser past the Wildcats.
Kayla Alcoran and Chelsey Okuma; Kayla Kurashige and Sierra Fujikawa.
Leading hitters--Kaiser: Codie Lii, 2-4, 3b, 2 runs; Okuma, 2-4, 2 RBIs; Calianne Fukuda, 3 RBIs; Kristyn Mathewson, 2 RBIs. Konawaena: Rachel Omija, 2b.
Pac-Five 7, Waianae 1
Annie Lariosa held the Seariders to two hits and struck out seven as the Wolfpack advanced.
Pac-Five's Chante Tesoro hit a three-run triple in the sixth inning to put the game away.
Samantha Kuakini and Chaelyn Manuel, Annie Lariosa and Britany Hagihara.
Leading hitters--Waianae: Rylen Hoapili, 2-3. Pac-Five: Chante Tesoro, 3b, 3 RBIs; Lariosa, 2-3, 2b; Keline Yoshimura, 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs.