W I N T E R _ B A S E B A L L



Persistent Sharks finally
rally past CaneFires

Star-Bulletin staff



The Honolulu Sharks capped their season-opening homestand at Rainbow Stadium in dramatic fashion yesterday, scoring the winning run with one out in the bottom of the ninth to edge the West Oahu CaneFires, 5-4.

The Hawaii Winter Baseball victory was the Sharks' second in a row, tying them with the CaneFires for the lead in the Outrigger at 5-4.

Also yesterday in Hilo, the host Stars split a doubleheader with Volcano Division rival Maui Stingrays at Francis Wong Stadium. Hilo won the opener, 1-0, while Maui came back for 3-2 win in the second game.

No games were scheduled for today. Play in the professional instructional league resumes tomorrow with Hilo against West Oahu at 6:30 p.m. at Hans L'Orange Park and Maui taking on Honolulu at 6:55 p.m. at Rainbow Stadium.

Yesterday, the Sharks had to rally three times before finally disposing of the CaneFires in the ninth. Pinch-hitter Takayuki Saitoh, on with a walk, scored from third on Jeremy Carr's single to left.

Carr gave Honolulu a 1-0 lead in the first when he scored on Mike Asche's double down the third baseline. West Oahu came back with three runs in the second, highlighted by Kevin Lidle's two-run double.

The Sharks picked up two unearned runs in the third to tie it, 3-3. An unearned run for both teams in the sixth knotted the score, setting up Carr's heroics.



Stars 1-2, Stingrays 0-3

At Hilo, Stars' pinch-runner Michael Coleman scored on Hirotoshi Kitagawa's single in the bottom of the second for what proved to be the game's only run in the opener.

Three Hilo pitchers combined to scatter eight hits while striking out eight Maui batters.

In the second game, league leading hitter Mark Kotsay drove in Keith Johnson with a triple and then scored on a sacrifice fly by Anthony Sanders to give the Stingrays a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Maui added what proved to be the winning run in the second when Shinya Miyamoto scored on an error.

The Stars closed to 3-2 with two runs in the bottom of the second. Antonio Fernandez came home on a wild pitch by Chris Fussell and Brent Butler was forced in on a bases-loaded walk to Terrence Long.

Hilo was limited to just two hits by a trio of Maui pitchers. Fussell struck out eight but walked four in giving up both of the Stars' runs. Jerrod Riggan took the loss after striking out eight but yielding all three of the Stingrays' scores.



Standings

Outrigger Division

 	 	W	L	Pct.	GB
West Oahu 	5	4	.556	--
Honolulu 	5	4	.556	--

Volcano Division

 	 	W	L	Pct.	GB
Hilo	 	4	4	.500	--
Maui	 	3	5	.375	1

Yesterday's results

Honolulu 5, West Oahu 4

Hilo 1, Maui 0 (1st)

Maui 3, Hilo 2 (2nd)

At Rainbow Stadium

One out when winning run scored

West Oahu 	030	001	000--4  7  3
Honolulu 	102	001	001--5  7  2
Sang Soo Kang, Ji Chol Park (5), Jason Berry (9) and Kevin Lidle; Jeff Martin, John Kelly (3), Toyokazu Ohba (6), Russell Jacobs (8) and Shunsuke Hara. W-Jacobs (2-0). L-Berry (0-1).

Leading hitters-West Oahu: Manny Vazquez, 3-5, 2b; Joseph Gazarek, 2-5, 2 2bs; Lidle, 2b, 2 RBIs. Honolulu: Chad Hermansen, 2-4; Jeremy Carr, 2-5; Mike Asche, 2b; Brad Fullmer, 2b.

At Francis Wong Stadium

First game

Maui	  	000	000	0--0  8  0
Hilo 	 	010	000	x--1  3  0
Kevin Pincavitch, Orin Kawahara (6) and Kyle Cooney; Yoshiya Takeuchi, Jim Baron (5), Myung Ju Cha (7). W-Takeuchi (1-0). L-Pincavitch (0-1). Sv-Cha (1).

Leading hitter-Maui: Josh Booty, 2-2.

Second game

Maui 	 	210	000	0--3  4  1
Hilo 	 	020	000	0--2  2  1
Chris Fussell, Mark Seaver (4), Matt Snyder (7) and Ben Petrick; Jerrod Riggan, Dan Murray (5), Sang Ilyun Kim (7). W-Seaver (1-0). L-Riggan (0-1).

Leading hitters-Maui: Anthony Sanders, 2 RBIs; Shinya Miyamoto, 2b. Hilo: Antonio Fernandez, 2-3.

Today's games

No games scheduled



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