Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, March 26, 1999

Damien comeback
squeezes out Buffs

A suicide squeeze bunt by Austen Ito in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Matthew Higa to cap a nine-run rally and give Damien a stunning 13-12 victory over Punahou in an Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball game played yesterday at Ala Wai Field.

The Monarchs (1-1) trailed the Buffanblu (0-2), 12-4, going into the bottom of the fifth. Stean Abe's two-run homer in the fifth narrowed the margin to 12-6 and Damien exploded for six runs to tie it in the sixth.

Higa, the fourth Monarch pitcher, held Punahou scoreless in the seventh, setting up Ito's dramatic game-winning hit.

Punahou		005	700	0--12	12	4
Damien		022	026	1--13	11	0
Doug Shinokawa, Eric Ching (5), Lance Yoshihara (6), Reid Matsushima (6) and Larry Burgess, Chad Sakumoto (3), Burgess (5); Brandon Kamanaha, Oscar Marcos (3), Ryan Lancaster (4), Matthew Higa (7) and Ricky Yagi, Marshall Sabey (5). W--Lancaster. L--Yoshihara.

Leading hitters--Pun: Dallas Nakashima 3-5, Kai Austin 2-2, 2b. Dam: Austen Ito 2-2, RBI; Stean Abe 3-4, 2b, 2-run HR, 3 RBI; Darrell Sagucio 2-4.

Mid-Pacific 10, Maryknoll 6: Jacob Flick drove in two runs as the Owls pulled away from the visiting Spartans.

Maryknoll rallied to close to 5-4 in the bottom of the fifth but Mid-Pac put the game away with six runs over the next three innings.

Mid-Pacific	031	132	1--10	13	0
Maryknoll	100	302	0--6	8	1
Sing Chow, Bauer (5) and Flick; Tsukamoto, Keli'inoi (5), C. Higa (6), B. Higa (7) and Bagayas. W--Sing Chow. L--Tsukamoto.

Leading hitters--MP: Takaki 3-5; Sing Chow 2-2, RBI; Flick 2-2, 2 RBI.

Iolani 11, UHBA 0:Tyler Kimura, Kainoa Obrey and Brent Wong all homered as the Raiders shut out visiting University/Hawaii Baptist Academy in a game halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.

Pitcher Ethan Wayne gave up just two hits in the complete-game victory.

UHBA		000	00--0	2	2
Iolani		306	2X--11	9	0
Chaz Hirota, Aaron Lee (4) and Kyle Abe; Ethan Wayne and Travis Mitsuda. W--Wayne. L--Hirata.

Leading hitters--Iol: Doug Jackson 2-4, 2b, RBI; Tyler Kimura 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Kainoa Obrey 1-1, HR, RBI; Brent Wong 2-3, HR, 2 RBI; Brad Takamori 2-2, RBI.

Kamehameha 12, St. Louis 5: Alika Kuraoka's two-run homer helped the Warriors hold off the Crusaders at Ala Wai Field.

Bronson Sardinha homered and drove in three runs and Kamehameha took advantage of three St. Louis errors.

St. Louis	000	230	0--5	5	3
Kamehameha	042	132	0--12	9	2
Brandon League, Chad Santos (6) and Joel Cabansag; Sid Kawahakui, Kahi Ka'anoi (6) and Regan Yokoi. W--Kawahakui. L--League.

Leading hitters--StL: Chad Santos 2-3, HR, 3 RBI; Jovaustin Murray-Thornton 2-3, 3b, RBI. Kam: Bronson Sardinha 2-4, HR, 3 RBI; Alika Kuraoka 2-run HR.

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