Kamehameha grabs state tourney berth


POSTED: Sunday, April 26, 2009

After every practice, the Kamehameha baseball team culminates its group yell with "States!" as a reminder of the squad's goal of qualifying for the big tournament.

The Warriors accomplished that mission yesterday. Arlie Johnson's solo home run in the sixth inning broke a tie and helped Kamehameha down five-time defending state champion Punahou 6-4 in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu postseason tournament game yesterday at Ala Wai Community Park.

"That's all Arlie—finally he got hold of one, and caught it perfectly," said Warriors senior starter Alika Pruett, who notched the victory after striking out six in a complete-game effort. "That was our goal. Finally we pulled together."

The Warriors, ranked No. 2 in the Star-Bulletin state poll, can rest until Thursday's tournament championship game. Their opponent will be the winner of Tuesday's matchup of the final two still-to-be-determined one-loss teams. That squad must beat Kamehameha twice to win the tournament. If the second game is needed, it will be on Friday.

Because the Warriors (15-3) finished second in ILH regular-season play and can finish no lower than second in the tournament, the squad clinched the second of three league berths into the state tournament. No. 3 'Iolani locked up the league's first berth by winning the ILH regular-season title with a 7-0 tie-breaking victory over Kamehameha on Monday.

"That's what we've been working toward for months now," said Kamehameha coach Vern Ramie of the state berth. "It's nice to get that thing secured. We've got a great opportunity here and hopefully we can take advantage of it."

At Ala Wai Community Park

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Evan Lim, Burt Kawamoto (1), Jeremy Fujimoto (6) and Tyler Young. Alika Pruett and Keanu Carmichael. W—Pruett. L—Fujimoto.

Leading hittersPun: Michael Suiter 2-2, 2 runs; Young 2 RBIs; Alaka'i Aglipay 2-3, RBI; Kainoa Crowell triple, RBI; Tyler Hanzawa 2-3. Kam: Jacob Meyer 3-4; Kewby Meyer 2 RBIs; Arlie Johnson solo home run, 2 RBIs; Josh Wong double; Carmichael double, RBI.

Saint Louis 4, No. 4 Mid-Pacific 2

With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning, Owls relief pitchers Dylan Tawata and Davis Chang hit consecutive batters, breaking a 2-2 tie.

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Derek Makasata, Kini Enos (5), Chris Chung (7) and Jordan Fukumoto. Robert Dittrick, Gavin Kinoshita (5), Dylan Tawata (7), David Chang (7) and Dane Fujinaka. W—Enos. L—Tawata.

Leading hittersStL: Evan Fujihara 3-4, RBI; Lucas Gonsalves RBI; Moses Samia 2-3, 3b, RBI; Keoki Lopez 2-3. MPI: Justin Protacio 3-4, 3b, 2b; Michael Arakaki 2b.

'Iolani 6, Damien 1

Buen Hatanaka belted a home run and drove in two to lead the Raiders over the Monarchs.

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Douglas Andrade, Trey Derby (6) and David Vasconcellos. Breland Almadova, Jarrett Arakawa (5) and Grant Iwamoto. W—Almadova. L—Andrade.

Leading hittersDam: Andrade 2b; Chris Wakazuru 2b. Iol: Buen Hatanaka HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Trent Miyashiro 2 RBIs.