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Wednesday, March 29, 2000

H A W A I I _P R E P _ S P O R T S

By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Kamehameha’s Alika Kuraoka is forced out at home
by Punahou catcher Todd LaFountaine yesterday.

grabs lead in race
for ILH title

By Dave Reardon


The future may belong to Brandon League of St. Louis, but today Mid-Pacific Institute owns first place in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.

The Owls outlasted the Crusaders, 8-6, in 10 innings last night at Ala Wai Field, as the first place tie in the ILH between the unbeatens lasted three innings beyond regulation.

MPI is now 5-0 and St. Louis is 4-1.

League, the Crusaders' highly rated pro pitching prospect, lasted nine sometimes-dominant innings and 159 pitches.

"It's early in the season and this is just one game," St. Louis coach Wade Okamura said when asked if he considered leaving League in longer. "We don't want him to go beyond his limits. He did a nice job for us."

In the 10th off reliever Leon Julian, the Owls rallied for three runs with only one ball going out of the infield.

After one out, Isaac Omura reached on a check-swing infield single to short. Ryan Tamashiro was hit by a pitch, and Shane Toguchi sacrificed them over for the second out.

Pinch-hitter Troy Kanemura then hit a high-chopper to third. The left-handed batter beat the throw to first, as Omura crossed the plate.

Then Ikaika Upchurch tripled to deep right to score Tamashiro and Kanemura.

Ricky Bauer, who gave up only two hits in 3 innings of relief, got the win.

"I know it might be a cliche, but they really showed a lot of guts and heart," MPI coach Dunn Muramaru said of his team. "They really hung in there."

Mid-Pacific center fielder Reid Asato was rushed to Kapiolani Medical Center's emergency room after a fly ball hit him in the face in the fourth inning.

Asato's father said late last night that the player seemed to be recovering well.

Mid-Pacific400 100 000 3--8 11 3
St. Louis102 020 000 1--6 11 2

Eric Lum, Keric Chang (5), Brian Terayama (5), Justin Pate (6), Ricky Bauer (6) and Bryan Tanabe. Brandon League, Leon Julian (10) and W--Bauer. L--Julian.

Leading hitters-Mid-Pacific: Ikaika Upchurch, 3b, 2 RBIs; Bryan Tanabe, 2-4, 2b; Kevin Khan, 2-5, 2 RBIs; Isaac Omura, 3-4. St. Louis: Gerald Welch, 2-3, 2 runs; Sean Paiva, 2-5, RBI; Nicholas Tudisco, 2b; Isaac Harbottle, 2b; Shaynen Arellano, 2-3.

KAMEHAMEHA 3, PUNAHOU 2: Tyler Perkins hit a two-run homer to center to lift the Warriors past the Buffanblu at Ala Wai Field.

Kamehameha ace Kahi Kaanoi struck out six and walked five while pitching a four-hitter.

Kamehameha is 4-1. Punahou is 2-3.

Punahou100 000 1--2 4 3
Kamehameha000 001 2--3 7 1

Reid Matsushima and Todd LaFountaine; Kahi Kaanoi and Kai Yamashita. W--Kaanoi. L--Matsushima.

Leading hitters-Punahou: Ryan Kitamura, 3-3, 2b, 2 runs. Kamehameha: Ikaika DuPont, 2-3; Tyler Perkins, 2-run homerun.

IOLANI 10, MARYKNOLL 0: Ethan Wayne pitched a three-hitter over five innings, and the Raiders' bats exploded for 14 hits.

The host Raiders improved to 3-2. The Spartans fell to 1-4.

Maryknoll000 00-- 0 3 1
Iolani300 7x--10 14 0

Cruz Hatanaka, Christian Keliinoe (4) and Kevin Sunada; Ethan Wayne and Travis Mitsuda. W--Wayne. L--Hatanaka.

Leading hitters-Maryknoll: Brandan Goshima, 2b. Iolani: Ryan Ishizu, 3-3, 2b , 3 RBIs; Tyler Kimura, 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Kevin Kam, 2-3; Brad Takamori, 2-3; Brent Wong, 3b; Travis Mitsuda, 2b.

Damien 12, uhba 8: Ryan Lancaster belted a three-run homer and Stan Abe had three hits as the Monarchs ruled at Joey DeSa Field.

The Monarchs are 1-4; UHBA dropped to 0-5.

UHBA021 122 0-- 8 11 2
Damien840 000 x--12 14 1

Troy Okada, Russell Ching (1), Jeff Soranaka (2) and Kyle Abe; Brandon Tamanaha, Stan Abe (6), Ryan Lancaster (6) and Marshall Sebay, Matthew DeRego (5). W--Tamanaha. L--Okada.

Leading hitters--UHBA: Ryan Monico, 2-3; Korey Shinagawa, 2-4, 2-run HR, 3 RBIs; Chaz Hirata, 2-4; Aaron Kano, 2-4. Dam: S. Abe, 3-4, 2b; R. Lancaster, 2-3, 3-run HR; M. Sebay, 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; B. Tamanaha, 2-4, 2b; M. DeRego, 2-5, 2b.

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