Punahou shakes up ILH


POSTED: Sunday, April 19, 2009

There's another curveball in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball race.

Just one win away from clinching a regular-season title and automatic state berth, 'Iolani found an unwilling collaborator in arch-rival Punahou, losing 3-2 yesterday morning at Ala Wai Community Park. The loss dropped the Raiders, 12-2 in league play, into a first-place tie with Kamehameha, which defeated Maryknoll and improved to 12-2.

'Iolani and Kamehameha will play tomorrow for the ILH regular-season crown. The tiebreaker game could've been avoided, but both teams faltered in recent days. On Thursday, Kamehameha had a 9-5 lead at Mid-Pacific in the seventh inning, but lost 10-9.

“;We got the gift on Thursday,”; 'Iolani coach Dean Yonamine said. “;Punahou was tough against us the first time, too. We had our chances.”;

'Iolani ran into a suddenly hot Punahou squad at the wrong time. An error early in the game allowed the Buffanblu to score an unearned run and Alikai Aglipay knocked in a pair of runs against the best hurlers 'Iolani had to offer.

While 'Iolani and Kamehameha wrangle for a state berth tomorrow, dangerous teams like Mid-Pac and Punahou (13-10-1 overall), as well as Pac-Five, will rest until the league tourney begins on Wednesday.

That's why Buffanblu coach Eric Kadooka went to his bullpen often, using five pitchers in all.

“;We didn't want to extend anyone,”; said Kadooka, who led the last five Punahou teams to state championships. “;Wednesday is when we'll start throwing the kitchen sink.”;

'Iolani, ranked No. 3 in the Star-Bulletin Baseball Top 10, might have preferred seeing just one or two hurlers.

“;They purposely mixed up their pitchers to get them the work,”; Yonamine noted, “;but that made it tougher for us.”;

A win or loss made little difference to eighth-ranked Punahou (8-6 ILH).

Delivering the big hits left a wide smile on Aglipay's face. His single to center off Jarrett Arakawa in the bottom of the seventh brought home courtesy runner Travis Ganiko for the win.

“;They were mixing it up, a lot of curveballs,”; Aglipay said. “;(Arakawa's) stuff in the last inning, it was nasty, but I said there's no way I'm going to be the last out of the game.”;

Aglipay's game-winning hit came just moments after the Raiders had tied it at 2 on Trent Miyashiro's RBI single to center, scoring courtesy runner Eric Molnar in the top of the seventh.

Punahou's reluctance to use ace Jeremy Fujimoto for more than two innings paid off. Fujimoto struck out the side in the fifth, but was replaced by Evan Lim in the seventh. Lim got the win despite giving up two runs in the top of the seventh.

Tyler Tirpak, who was part of the five-armed Buffanblu armada, said his team is simply looking ahead.

“;We came out here loose. We wanted to get ready for the (ILH) tournament,”; he said.

Punahou took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Troy Hanzawa's single to left, scoring Brian Suite.

In the third, Aglipay doubled to right-center, bringing Roy Fuchigami home for a 2-0 lead.

'Iolani (23-8) got within 2-1 when J.R. Bunda's infield single turned into a throwing error, allowing Buen Hatanaka to score.

'Iolani won't have enough time to dwell on the loss.

“;We'll just get back on it. We'll be ready,”; Yonamine said of the matchup with Kamehameha. “;We're ready to roll.”;


Ala Wai Community Park

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Punahou (9-6)1010001362

J.R. Bunda, Sheldon Lee (4), Jarrett Arakawa (6) and Iwamoto. Marcus Yoshi, Burt Kawamoto (2), Ty Tirpak (4), Jeremy Fujimoto (5), Evan Lim (7) and Tyler Young. W—Lim. L—Arakawa.
Leading hittersPun: Aglipay 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs. Iol: none.


No. 2 Kamehameha 11, Maryknoll 1, 5 innings

The Warriors scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the fourth inning to breeze past the Spartans in a game shortened by the mercy rule.


At Ala Wai Park

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Matthew Guzman, Aaron Tom (4), Matthew Hara (4) and Kyle Hirata. David Lee, Tucker Troy (5) and Keanu Carmichael, Preston Hao (5). W—Lee. L—Guzman.
Leading hittersMryk: Brandon Hinck RBI. KS: Jacob Meyer 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Kalei Hanawahine 2-3, RBI, run; Piikea Kitamura 2-3, 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Kewby Meyer 2-3, 2 RBIs; 2 runs; Carmichael 2-3, 3b, RBI; Tony Tokunaga 2b, RBI, run; Arlie Johnson RBI, run; Jonathan James 2b, 2 RBIs; Makana Ramie 3b.


Saint Louis 8, No. 4 Mid-Pacific 2

With a two-run lead heading into the seventh inning, the Crusaders scored four runs on four hits to secure the win.

Saint Louis shortstop Keoki Lopez roped an RBI double and crossed home plate three times in the victory.


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Derek Nakasata, Kaeo Aliviado (5), Kini Enos (6) and Kekoa Peltier. Lawrence Chew, Davis Chang (4), Kurt Okita (6), Ryan Muraoka (7) and Dane Fujinaka. W—Nakasata. L—Chew.
Leading hittersStL: Evan Fujihara 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Moses Samia 2-4, RBI, run; Kaden Kamoe 2b, RBI; Kalei Contrades 2-4, RBI; Jordan Fukumoto 2b, RBI; Keoki Lopez 2b, RBI, 3 runs. MPI: Todd Nagamine RBI; Wade Tamaru RBI.


Pac-Five 4, Damien 1

Shayne Nakata allowed three hits over seven innings and struck out three to lead the Wolfpack past the Monarchs.


At Ala Wai Park

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Isaac Ventura, Douglas Andrade (6) and David Vasconcellos. Shayne Nakata and Reid Morihara. W—Nakata. L—Ventura.
Leading hittersDam: Jordan Murai 2-4; Aalona Amimoto RBI. P5: Brysen Honda 2-3, RBI, run; Noa Okinaka 2b, 2 RBIs; Kelsey Uyehara 2-3, RBI, run.



No. 2 'Iolani 4, Maryknoll 0

At Moiliili Park

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Brittney Guro and Kelli Ann Lum. Ariel Silva and Kori Nishitomi. W—Guro. L—Silva.
Leading hittersIol: Jana Tokuhama 2-4, 2b; Kim Souza 3b, 2 RBIs. Mryk: Nishitomi 2-3.


Punahou 6, No. 7 Pac-Five 1

At Ala Wai Community Park

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Jasmine Ioane and Taylor Yamauchi. Sheridan Mahelona and Joedee Lovell. W—Ioane. L—Mahelona.
Leading hittersPun: Kayla Shimoda 4-5; Reina Furuya 3-4, run; Ioane 2-4, run; Hilary Nakaya 2b, 3 RBIs. P5: none.


St. Francis 5, No. 9 Kamehameha 2

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Pitisi Tualau, Kayla Sakamoto (6) and Brianna Tovio-Asato. Jamie Millwood, Brandi-Lei Smith (6) and Pomai Kalakau. W—Tualau. L—Millwood.
Leading hittersStF: Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin 2-4, 2b; Tovio-Asato HR; Kelcee Santos 2-4; Brittnee Vierra 2-3. KS: Marche Llanos 2-4; Lei Naki-Kaonohi 2-4.


Sacred Hearts 2, Mid-Pacific 1

At Crane Park

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Nona Pauline, Keiki Corios (5) and Kaydi Kochi. Joslyn Eugenio and Keicha Brunn. W—Eugenio. L—Pauline.
Leading hittersMPI: Kochi 2-3. SHA: Meleina Fraga 2-3; Taimane Vegas RBI.