Warriors win withBy Brandon Lee
Special to the Star-Bulletin
Eli McAngus thought it was a routine flyball.
But the Kamehameha baseball player's long drive in the seventh inning turned into a grandslam, helping the Warriors to an 11-6 victory over Iolani's Raiders yesterday at Ala Wai Field.
"When I first hit it, I thought it was going to be like one of my other ones where they just catch it," McAngus said. "I was rounding first saying, 'please go over his glove,' and it did."
The No. 1-ranked Warriors (9-2) rebounded from a loss to Punahou on Tuesday by scoring six runs -- all with two outs -- in the top of the seventh inning to beat the No. 5 Raiders (8-3).
"We didn't play very well early, defensively; we didn't give (pitcher) Kahi (Kaanoi) much support," Warriors' coach Vern Ramie said. "Against a good ballclub like Iolani, you can't give them extra outs. They took advantage of those extra outs and built a lead."
The Raiders manufactured a run in the sixth to make the score 6-5, and appeared to be on the verge of their seventh straight victory after getting two quick Warriors' outs in the seventh.
The Warriors game-winning rally began with a check-swing double by Bronson Sardinha that dropped near the left field line.
Alika Kuraoka followed with another double to drive in Sardinha and tie the score.
Iolani starter Corey Yamamoto was relieved by Travis McGaughy. He surrendered the third consecutive Warriors' double, to Kai Henry, giving Kamehameha a 7-6 lead.
Two walks loaded the bases and set up McAngus' slam.
The five-run cushion was more than Kaanoi needed as he preservered for the complete game victory.
Kaanoi surrendered only five singles and one earned run, and had nine strikeouts with four walks.
Yamamoto, who took the loss, allowed seven hits for six earned runs, while striking out five and walking four.
Kamehameha 002 120 6--11 9 2 Iolani 203 001 0--6 5 3
Kahi Kaanoi and Kai Yamashita; Corey Yamamoto, Travis McGaughy(7) and Travis Mitsuda. W--Kaanoi. L--Yamashita.
Leading hitters--Kamehameha: Joshua Martin, 2-2; Bronson Sardinha, 2 2b, 2 RBIs; Eli McAngus, HRr, 4 RBIs. Iolani: Blaine Umeda 2-4.
NO. 3 MID-PACIFIC 9, DAMIEN 1:Ikaika Upchurch highlighted a three-run second inning with a bases-loaded two-run double and four Owls' (8-3) pitchers combined to shutdown the Monarchs (2-9) at DeSa Field.
Justin Pate pitched 2 innings to earn the win in relief.
Bobby Kumasaki relieved Pate with two outs in the fifth and the bases loaded and recorded the final out of the inning.
Damien managed just four singles.
Troy Kanemura was 3-3 with two RBIs for Mid-Pacific.
Mid-Pacific 031 041 0--9 13 1 Damien 010 000 0--1 4 1
Keric Chang, Justin Pate (3), Bobby Kumasaki (5), Wes Sato (7) and Bryan Tanabe, Vincent Farkas (7). Matthew Higa, Brandon Tamanaha (5), Destin Alameida and Marshall Sebay. W--Chang. L--Higa.
Leading hitters--Mid-Pacific: Ikaika Upchurch 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs; Kevin Khan 2-3, RBI; Troy Kanemura 3-3, 2 RBIs.
PUNAHOU 11, UHBA 0:At Ala WaiField, Josh Cardwell pitched a six-inning one-hitter as the Buffanblu (6-5) won their fourth in five games.
Spencer Kam's two-run homer in the fifth helped Punahou close the game out early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
The lone hit for UHBA (1-10) was a clean single to left by Chaz Hirata in the second inning.
University/Hawaii Baptist 000 000--0 1 4 Punahou 001 28x--11 10 1
Jon Kato, Matt Bininski (5) and Kyle Abe. Josh Cardwell and Randall Mizuno. W--Cardwell. L--Kato.
Leading hitters--Punahou: Ryan Kitamura, 2-4, RBI; Ryan Komagome, 3-3, RBI; Lance Yoshihara, RBI; Nick Sekiya, 2 RBIs; Chuck Fujita, 2b, 3 RBIs; Spencer Kam, HR, 2 RBIs.
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McKinley's Traci Torralva lit up the Kahuku Red Raiders' defense for 22 points and the 10th-ranked Tigers (6-2) jumped out to an early lead they never relinquished in a 55-35 win at Kahuku (6-2).
Both teams trail Kalaheo by two games in the Oahu Interscholastic Association East Division.
Torralva scored 10 of McKinley's 16 second-quarter points, as the Tigers led 26-16 at halftime. April Atuaia had 15 points for Kahuku.
Kahuku star Teisa Fotu sprained an ankle in the second quarter and didn't return until late in the third. She was held to three points.
McKinley 10 16 9 20--55 Kahuku 8 8 4 15--35
MCKINLEY: Nancy Nguyen 0, Rayna Isaki 2, Amber Ehia 9, Tasha Haynes 10, Brianne Ching 0, Marie Farina 0, Deena Young 0, Briana Ioane 0, Traci Torralva 22, Michele Suan 8, Jolani Bobbitt 0, Amber Lee 4, Chylon Rodrigues 0, Chanel Cerdo-Nelson 0.
KAHUKU: Aukai Pearl 4, Amanda Camit 1, Lindsey Williams 5, Jackie Peters 0, April Atuaia 15, Teisa Fotu 3, Alesi Tevaga 5, Faava Laban 2, Justine Swafford 0.
3-point goals: McKinley 3 (Haynes 2, Ehia); Kahuku 1 (Atuaia).
Junior varsity: Kahuku 39, McKinley 21.