Kamehameha blanks Mid-Pac


POSTED: Wednesday, April 01, 2009

The Mid-Pacific Owls gave and gave again until it hurt.

Five walks, four hit batters and two wild pitches later, Kamehameha said thanks and closed out a surprisingly easy—and bruising—10-0 win over the Owls in five innings.

Cloudy skies and an intermittent drizzle over Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park had the potential of shortening a contest between No. 3 Kamehameha and fourth-ranked Mid-Pac. Instead, the Owls (21-3) dropped to 5-2 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu with a lackluster performance.

“;We cannot play scared. We walked too many guys and the game got out of hand,”; MPI coach Dunn Muramaru said. “;It's hard to play like that.”;

Kamehameha (24-5) improved to 6-1 in the ILH and is in the midst of a torrential downpour of games. The Warriors play Saint Louis today at Ala Wai Community Park, and will meet Pac-Five on Friday. That's five games in the span of seven days.

“;We'll get on the bus, get ready for Saint Louis tomorrow,”; coach Vern Ramie said.

MPI starter Lawrence Chew took the loss after permitting three runs and recording two outs. Relievers Robert Dittrick and Davis Chang had a little more success, but lacked consistency. The Owls didn't play stellar defense, either, committing three errors.

Yet, all of those miscues didn't matter a whole lot. Kamehameha pitcher Bryson “;Burger”; Kenolio was sterling in his third start of the season. The junior right-hander meticulously crafted a four-hitter, walking just one Owl.

“;We just asked him to throw strikes. He's got a fastball, breaking ball and change, and he threw them all for strikes,”; Ramie said.

Tagged by a former teacher (Mililani Middle School) with the unusual nickname, Kenolio served up a winning effort and was threatened just once. Mid-Pac had two runners on base in the top of the third inning, but Kamehameha catcher Keanu Carmichael gunned down courtesy runner Jordan Doi at third base. Moments later, with Todd Nagamine at third, Kenolio induced Matthew McDaniel into a groundout to end the frame.

“;My fastball was working the most. It produced a lot of ground balls,”; said Kenolio, who got familiar with Mid-Pac after pitching against the Owls in nonconference games.

Kenolio noted the error-free play of his teammates.

“;My defense played well,”; he said.

Offensively, Kamehameha worked the count against MPI hurlers most of the way. Kalei Hanawahine and Piikea Kitamura converted first-inning walks into runs. Hanawahine, the No. 2 batter, scored on Carmichael's two-out single to left. Arlie Johnson followed with a double to right, bringing home two baserunners for a 3-0 lead.

Hanawahine delivered a clutch hit of his own in the second, pounding a triple to the wall in right-center field (375 feet) to bring home Makana Ramie with two outs. Kitamura followed with a single to center, bringing Hanawahine home for a 5-0 lead.

Two Mid-Pac errors in the third allowed the Warriors to add three more runs. Johnson reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Michael Arakaki, and after a single by Jonathan James, Josh Wong's sacrifice bunt turned into a two-base throwing error by Dittrick. Johnson scored on the play for a 6-0 cushion.

James came home on a fielder's choice grounder by Jacob Meyer. With a runner at first, Kamehameha added an odd run when MPI catcher Dane Fujioka threw down to second base on ball four to Hanawahine, allowing Wong to race home with his team's eighth run.

With the help of two walks and two hit batters, Kamehameha added two more runs in the fourth, putting the 10-run rule into effect.

For one day, at least, Kenolio is the unofficial burger king. He's come a long way from those self-described “;chubby”; years in middle school. He does not, however, eat his favorite food before games.

“;I like the double cheeseburger at McDonald's. It's cheap. Was cheap,”; Kenolio said. “;But the best is Chili's big-mouth bites.”;

Mid-Pac returns to action on Friday against Punahou.


At Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park

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Bryson Kenolio and Keanu Carmichael. Lawrence Chew, Robert Dittrick (1), Davis Chang (3) and Dane Fujinaka. W—Kenolio. L—Chew.
Leading hittersKam: Kalei Hanawahine 1-1, 3 walks, two runs, RBI; Arlie Johnson 1-2, double, two RBIs, run. Mid-Pacific: Todd Nagamine 2-2, walk.


No. 2 'Iolani 10, No. 8 Punahou 5

Jensen Park had three hits, including a triple as the Raiders defeated the Buffanblu.


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Sheldon Lee, Jarrett Arakawa (5) and G. Iwamoto. Marcus Yoshii, Jacob Ellis (6), Ty Tirpak (6) and Tyler Young. W—Lee. L—Yoshii.
Leading hittersPun: Young HR; Alaka'i Aglipay 2-4; Dylan Leong 2-4, 2b; Shane Yoshiyama 2-2. Iol: Jensen Park 3-4, 3b, RBI, 2 runs; Arakawa 2-4, 3b, RBI, run.


Saint Louis 11, Maryknoll 1

Moses Samia went 3-for-3 as the Crusaders dominated the Spartans.


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Aaron Tom, Craig Shoji (3), Matthew Hara (4), Tyler Todd (5), Jordan Kurokawa (6) and Trevor Saiki. Kekona Mauricio, Zach Markwith (4) and Moses Samia. W—Mauricio. L—Tom.
Leading hittersMryk: Matthew Guzman 2-2, RBI. StL: Kalei Contrades 2-3, 3b, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Samia 3-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Evan Fujihara 2-3, 2 RBIs.