Kailua's arms stifle Mililani


POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mililani baseball coach Mark Hirayama said it best just moments after Kailua shut out his squad on four hits: “;It's hard to win when you don't score.”;

The Surfriders (10-3) rode 5 2/3 shutout innings from starter Bryson Gauthe, and benefited from a two-run, bases-loaded single off the bat of Keoki Reis-Moniz to blank the visiting Trojans 3-0 in an Oahu Interscholastic Association quarterfinal playoff game yesterday afternoon.

Kailua, the OIA East No. 1 seed, advances to today's semifinal game against Campbell (8-4, West No. 2). More importantly, the Surfriders claimed a state tournament berth by guaranteeing themselves a position among the league's top four teams.

“;Our goal is always to try to make it to states, and this year's team did it,”; Kailua coach Corey Ishigo said. “;We're still trying to move forward, win the OIA. But there are still some tough teams we have to beat to have a chance to win.”;

Gauthe scattered four singles and struck out three as the right-hander spotted his pitches effectively, throwing 51 of 84 for strikes. He retired nine of his last 10 batters before giving way. Closer Alika Ramseyer-Ho shut down Mililani the rest of the way for the four-out save.

“;They both threw strikes, and they were able to throw strikes with every pitch—it wasn't just spotting their fastball, they were able to spot their off-speed pitches as well,”; Ishigo said. “;Bryson pitched well when he was in jams today, he made quality pitches.”;

Kailua, ranked No. 6 in the Star-Bulletin Baseball Top 10 statewide poll of coaches and media, scratched a run across in the third frame to take a 1-0 lead as Reis-Moniz doubled to lead off the inning, advanced to third on Alan Baldwin's bunt single, and scored when Trojans starter Joey Aquino unleashed a wild pitch.

The Surfriders added two insurance runs in the sixth inning as Reis-Moniz laced a single up the middle with the bases loaded to plate Reyn Matsuki and Ryan McMonigle.

Conversely, OIA West No. 4 seed Mililani (7-7) could not convert on two early scoring opportunities. The Trojans put runners on second and third base in the first inning, and loaded the bases in the third frame, but came up empty on both occasions, as Travis Goo flied out to left field and third base to kill both rallies.

“;That was the big difference. They came through in the clutch and we're still trying to get to that point,”; said Hirayama of his squad, which stranded five runners in scoring position. “;Kailua just did a better job executing today. They never die, they're always going to come after you, and that's the mark of a good team.”;


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Joey Aquino and Jacob Matsukawa. Bryson Gauthe, Alika Ramseyer-Ho (6) and Alan Baldwin. W—Gauthe. L—Aquino. S—Ramseyer-Ho.
Leading hitters—Mil: Andrew Benitez 2-3. Kail: Reyn Matsuki 2-3, double, run, stolen base; Keoki Reis-Moniz 2-2, double, 2 RBIs, run, stolen base.


No. 10 Moanalua 5, Roosevelt 4

A Rough Riders error plated Michael Igami to give Na Menehune the win in the bottom of the seventh inning. Moanalua advances to an OIA Red semifinal matchup against Pearl City.


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Peter Rockholm and Cameron Fujigami. Zachary Manago, Todd Takabuki (5), Jacob Fukuyama (5) and Chris Liu-Saguid. W—Fukuyama. L—Rockholm.
Leading hitters—Roos: Fujigami 2b, RBI. Moan: Miles Higa 2b, 2 RBIs; Tim Arakawa 2-3, RBI; Landon Yoshikawa 2-2, 2b.

Campbell 5, Kaiser 4

Charles Kaalekahi drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th to propel the Sabers past the Cougars.


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Kekoa Torres, Brandon Toriki (6), Zachary Wong (9) and Bryce Marcouiller. Charles Kaalekahi, Nicholas Tiglao (7), Keanu Kapana (8) and Kapana, Chadwick Kaalekahi (8). W—Kapana. L—Wong.
Leading hitters—Kaiser: Cal Tashiro 2-5, 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Joe Honma 2-5, 2b, RBI; Landon Tamanaha 1-2, 2b, RBI. Campbell: Allyn Olica-Respicio 3b; Tiglao 2b, 2 runs; Robert Kahana 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs, run; Charles Kaalekahi 3-4, RBI.



Kahuku 15, Waialua 5, 5 innings

The Red Raiders won handily at home over the Bulldogs, scoring in every inning.


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Ronnie Powell, Kakai Revera-Albeso (3), and Christian Whitaker. Joe Deal, A.J. Kubota (4) and Brian Kukahiko. W—Deal. L—Powell.
Leading hitters—Waialua: Powell 2-3, 2 RBIs; A.J. Hernandez 1-2, 2b. Kahuku: John Lessary 2-3, 2b; J.J. Nozawa 3-4; Kukahiko 3-4, 3 runs; Kubota 2-4, 3b, 3 RBIs.


Radford 15, Kaimuki 6

The Rams used a five-run surge in the sixth inning to solidify their lead.

Damon Puskarich picked up the win and Matthew Canerer got a save.


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Ma'anpa Tau and Shawn Kitahara. Damon Puskarich, Jobi Fontenot (3), Matthew Canerer (5) and Troy Evans. W—Puskarich. L—Tau. S—Canerer.
Leading hitters—Kaim: Dillon Salanoa 2-2. Rad: Puskarich 2-5, 2 RBIs, 3 runs; Erik Espenshade 3-5, 2 RBIs; JB Fontenot 3b; Brad Osbourne 2-4, 3b, 2 runs; Robert Cevallos 2 RBIs; Zach Lagier 3 runs; Bobby Wolshlager 3 runs.



No. 7 Punahou 4, Saint Louis 1

The Buffanblu scored all four runs in the second inning.

Jeremy Fujimoto picked up the pitching win and Kainoa Crowell led Punahou with a double and two RBIs.


At Central Oahu Regional Park

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Chris Chung and Kekoa Peltier. Jeremy Fujimoto and Tyler Young. W—Fujimoto. L—Chung.
Leading hitters—StL: Lucas Gonsalves 2-4. Pun: Kainoa Crowell 2b, 2 RBIs; Michael Suiter 2 RBIs.


No. 2 Kamehameha 16, Maryknoll 5, 5 innings

The Warriors scored 10 runs in the first inning on their way to dismantling the Spartans.


At Ala Wai Community Park

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Trevor Saiki, Aaron Tom (1), Matt Hara (2), Josh Arakaki (3), Tyler Todd (4) and David Nishiki. Tucker Troy, Kainoa Inafuku (5), Harley Holt (5) and Keanu Carmichael, Brawnson Adams (5). W—Troy. L—Saiki.
Leading hitters—Mryk: Saiki 2-3, 2b; Matt Guzman 3-3, 2b; Kyle Hirata 2b; Craig Shoji RBI. KS: Jacob Meyer 2b, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Kalei Hanawahine RBI; Kewby Meyere 2 RBIs; Carmichael 3b, 2 RBIs; Preston Hao 2b, RBI; Arlie Johnson 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Jonathan James 2-2; Brawnson Adams HR, RBI; Makana Ramie 3 RBIs, Kash Kalohelani HR, 2 RBIs.


Mid-Pacific 12, Damien 3

Derek Tan had a big game for the Owls, hitting two home runs and driving in five runs.


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Isaac Ventura, Derrick Dudoit (6) and Aalona Animoto. Lawrence Chew, Dylan Tawata (4), Gavin Kinoshita (5) and Dane Fujinaka. W—Chew. L—Ventura.
Leading hitters—Damien: Taylor Kauweloa 2-3, 2b, run; Douglas Andrade HR, 2 RBIs, run. Mid-Pacific: Todd Nagamine 2-4, 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Matthew McDaniel RBI, 2 runs; Derek Tan 2-3, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 2 runs; Ryan Muraoka 2-3, RBI; 2 runs.


No. 3 'Iolani 10, Pac-Five 0, 5 innings

The Raiders broke open a scoreless tie in a big way, posting 10 runs in the fifth.


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Ryan Ueunten, Christian Morimoto (5) and Reid Morihara. Trent Miyashiro, Tyson Tsutsumi (5) and Grant Iwamoto. W—Tsutsumi. L—Ueunten.
Leading hitters—Pac-Five: none. 'Iolani: Jensen Park 3-3, 2b, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Jarrett Arakawa 2-3, 2 RBIs, run; Breland Almadova 2b, RBI, 2 runs; Kela Marciel 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs, 2 runs.


Kamehameha-Hawaii 18, Pahoa 0



No. 2 'Iolani 2, Punahou 0

At Ala Wai Community Park

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Jasmine Ioane and Taylor Yamauchi. Brittney Guro and Kelli Ann Lum. W—Guro. L—Ioane.
Leading hitters—Pun: Reina Furuya 3b. 'Iolani: Kim Souza 2-3; Marissa Terayana RBI; Lum RBI, 2b.


No. 9 Pac-Five 6, Kamehameha 4

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Sheridan Mahelona and Joedee Lovell. Brandy-Lei Smith, Briana Sauer (5) and Pomai Kalakau. W—Mahelona. L—Smith.
Leading hitters—Pac-Five: Chante Tesoro 2b, RBI, run; Aja Keyes 2-3, RBI, run. Kamehameha: Marche Llanos 2-4, 2b, run; Jamie Millwood 2b, run; Tia Perreira 2b; Smith 2 RBIs.


St. Francis 7, Sacred Hearts 5

At Crane Park

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Pitisi Tualau and Briana Tovio-Asato. Joslyn Eugenio and Keicha Brunn. W—Tualau. L—Eugenio.
Leading hitters—St. Francis: Chelsea Kaluhiokalani-Glackin 2b; Kayla Sakamoto 2-4, 2b; Mia Arroyo 2-3. Sacred Hearts: Eugenio HR; Tai Vegas 2-3, 3b; Laura Abellanida 2-4.