Konawaena gets past Kahuku in D-II


POSTED: Thursday, May 07, 2009

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Today's D-II schedule

        at Hans L'Orange Park

» Hawaii Prep vs. Molokai, 11:30 a.m.


» St. Anthony vs. Konawaena, 2 p.m.


» Kauai vs. Honokaa, 4:30 p.m.


» Waipahu vs. Maryknoll, 7 p.m.




Konawaena got five hearty innings from starting pitcher Jacob Medeiros, who then switched places with shortstop Kyle Sugi. Medeiros got the win and Sugi earned a save with two scoreless innings of relief as Konawaena prevailed 8-6 over Kahuku in the Division II opening round of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships.

Konawaena, the runner-up from the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, will play No. 2 seed St. Anthony at 2 p.m. today.

“;It feels great. This is the first time we've ever advanced to the quarterfinals,”; said Sugi, a sophomore who also had singles and scored twice in the first two innings.

“;Coach (Lloyd Fujino) always says, we gotta come ready. We were ready,”; Sugi said.

Medeiros allowed just one hit in four innings before Kahuku got hot in the fifth inning.

Under a blistering sun at Hans L'Orange Park, the game was about making do, particularly for Kahuku. Sophomore second baseman/catcher Joseph Nozawa started on the mound because Kahuku's top two pitchers, R.J. Van Ness and Kekoa Kaaihue-Hughes, were ill.

Medeiros drove in a run with a groundout and Duke Akiona hit a run-scoring single as the Wildcats took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.

In the second, Jacob Kuluwaimaka tripled and Jordan Gomes walked, setting up a two-run single by Kolton Yamaguchi. Sugi then brought Yamaguchi home with a single, and Konawaena led 6-0.

Kawika Karratti followed with a twisting triple down the right-field line to score Sugi, and Karratti scored on the play when Kahuku's cutoff man threw to second base instead of home plate.

At Hans L'Orange Park















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Joseph Nozawa and Brian Kukahiko. Jacob Medeiros, Kyle Sugi (6) and Bevin Kekoa. W—Medeiros. L—Nozawa. Sv—Sugi.

Leading hitters—Kahuku: St. John Lessary III 1-2, two runs. Konawaena: Sugi 2-3, two runs; Kawika Karratti 1-3, triple.

Molokai 12, McKinley 2

With a potent offense behind him, pitcher Scott Rapanot baffled the Tigers. Rapanot allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked three in 5 1/3 innings.

“;It was the fastball outside and the curve,”; the 6-foot-1 senior said. “;We just gotta work as a team.”;















McKinley (9-4)40005031292



Molokai (9-3)2000000244


Jon Ho, Kelsen Ganeku (5) and Cody Reyes. Scott Rapanot, Kaninau Mariano (6) and Kamakana Duvachelle-Andrade. W—Rapanot. L—Ho.

Leading hitters—McKinley: Ganeku 2-3. Molokai: Kamakana Keaka 2-3, 4 RBIs; Rapanot 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kamakaohua Sproat 2-3, 3 runs.

Maryknoll 11, Makua Lani 3

Tyler Todd went 3-for-4 and drove in five runs and Craig Shoji scattered six hits over six innings as the Spartans overwhelmed the BIIF's third-place team. Shoji struck out six, walked just two and permitted two earned runs.

Josh Kaiwi started and went four innings for the Lions (5-8-1), striking out 11.















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Josh Kaiwi, Killford Hawkins (5), Ryan Orvis (6) and Hawkins, Alex Dong (5). Craig Shoji, Tyler Todd (7) and David Nishiki. W—Shoji. L—Kaiwi.

Leading hitters—Makua Lani: Hawkins 2-4, 2 runs; Kaiwi 3-4, 1 RBI. Maryknoll: Nathan Choy 2-3, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Trevor Saiki 2-2, RBI, run.

Honokaa 7, Radford 6

In a wild finish of giveaways, Radford committed three errors in the bottom of the seventh, permitting Honokaa to rally from a 6-3 deficit for a stunning win.

Hans L'Orange Park















Radford (9-5)0000006657



Honokaa (5-8-1)1000024783


Damon Puskarich, Brad Osborne (7) and Troy Evans. Dylan Shiraki, Tyler Ortiz (7) and Josh Umeda. W—Ortiz. L—Osborne.

Leading hitters—Radford: Evans 1-2, RBI, run. Honokaa: Umeda 2-4, RBI, run; Kahale Artuyo 1-4, 3 runs; Joseph Charbonneau 2-3, run.