Prep Beat

By Star-Bulletin Staff

Friday, April 27, 2001

Maryknoll baserunner Riley Maeda slides safely into second
base after the ball eludes Iolani second baseman Jeremy Kamo
during a rundown between second and third.

Iolani wakes up angry,
routs Spartans

By Jason Kaneshiro

Iolani hit the snooze bar for the first inning of yesterday's Interscholastic League of Honolulu baseball game, but once the Raiders responded to their wake-up call it quickly turned into a nightmare for Maryknoll.

The Raiders recovered from an early 3-0 deficit to rout the Spartans, 23-8, in the first round of the lLH double-elimination tournament at Mid-Pacific Field.

Blaine Umeda hit two home runs and drove in seven runs to lead the Iolani onslaught. Kila Kaaihue and Travis McGaughy also homered and Travis Mitsuda went 5-for-6 for the Raiders, who advance to tomorrow's 1:30 p.m. winners' bracket game at Aloha Stadium. Maryknoll falls into the losers' bracket.

All of Iolani's offense came after the Spartans took a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of shaky defense and a fit of wildness by the Raider pitchers to jump ahead. But the Iolani bats were able to cover up the Raiders' blemishes.

"We have to be a little sharper defensively and pitching-wise, but I think we're hitting the ball pretty well," said Iolani coach Dean Yonamine.

Iolani tied the game with a three-run rally in the top of the second inning, but Maryknoll reclaimed the lead with a run in the bottom of the frame.

The fireworks started in the third as Kaaihue and Mitsuda led off the inning with singles. Umeda then launched a Brendan Higa pitch over the center field fence to give Iolani the lead for good. Kaaihue hit a two-run bomb later the same inning to close out an eight-run outburst. McGaughy's shot led off the fourth inning and Umeda hit a solo blast in the fifth. Umeda finished his day with a two-run double in the seventh.

"(Umeda) has been swinging the bat a lot better, he's not trying to overpower things," Yonamine said. "He's just trying to get singles and it comes, because he's got some pop."

Iolani pitcher Rich Olsen was taken out in the first inning after struggling, but returned in the second and earned the win.

At Mid-Pacific field

Iolani 038 312 6 -- 23 26 4
Maryknoll 310 220 0 -- 8 9 3

Rich Olsen, Ivan Ing (1), Olsen (2), Blaine Umeda (5), Chris Loo (7) and Travis Mitsuda; Brendan Higa, Kody Seminara (4), Reid Nakamura (7) and Brandon Goshima. W -- Olsen. L -- Higa.

Leading hitters -- Iolani: Aaron Ing 2-4, 2 RBI; Brad Takamori 2B, 2 RBI; Kila Kaaihue 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Mitsuda 5-6, 2 2Bs; Umeda 4-6, 2 HR, 2B, 7 RBI; Travis McGaughy 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI; Ikaika Goo 2-3, 2B, RBI; Maryknoll: Goshima 2-4, RBI; Sean Ortiz 2-4, 2B; Greg Aquino 2B, RBI.

St. Louis 4, Pac-Five 3:

Grandon Costa's bases loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jacob Wandasan with the winning run as the Crusaders avoided a first-round upset.

At Ala Wai field

Pac-Five 000 110 1 -- 3 7 3
St. Louis 100 011 1 -- 4 8 2

Jon Kato and Corey Shinagawa; Guy McDowell and Nick Tudisco. W -- McDowell. L -- Kato.

Leading hitters -- Pac-Five: Aaron Kano double, RBI; Laine Matsuda 2-3, RBI. St. Louis: Nick Tudisco 2-4; Justin Humalon, double, RBI.

Mid-Pacific 12, Damien 2:

At Iolani field, Matt Inouye hit a home run and Ryan Basco contributed four RBIs to lead the Owls. Tuchn Palef threw all six innings, giving up a pair of runs before shutting out the Monarchs the rest of the way. Kyle Yamaby and Kevin Khan earned a pair of hits apiece in the rout.

At Iolani field

Damien 200 000 -- 2 6 0
Mid-Pac 320 061 -- 12 12 2

Matthew Higa, Chase Masuda (4), Justin Cole (5), Daniel Shimizu (5) and Cheyne Kawamoto, Justin Sharoma (5); Tuchn Palef and Matt Inouye. W--Palef. L--Higa.

Leading hitters:--Damien: David Doles 2-3, RBI, 2B. Mid-Pac: Kyle Yamaby 2-3; Matt Inouye 2-4, 2RBI HR; Kevin Khan 2-4, RBI; Ryan Basco 2-2, 4 RBI, 2B.

Kamehameha 6, Punahou 5:

Jherell Miller's double to center field drove in Tyler Perkins with the winning run as the Warriors rallied past the Buffanblu.

Trailing 6-4 with two out in the sixth inning, Kamehameha's Keoni Ruth singled and advanced to second on Perkins' hit. Ruth then stole third and scored on a wild pitch to tie the game, setting the stage for Miller's game-winning hit.

Warrior pitcher Hubert Pruett struck out eight batters in a complete-game performance.

At Ala Wai field

Punahou 200 210 0 -- 5 7 1
Kamehameha 002 022 x -- 6 8 2

Reid Matsushima and Randal Mizuno; Hubert Pruett and Danny Nitahara. W -- Pruett. L -- Matsushima.

Leading hitters -- Punahou: Matsushima double; Toby Hanzawa double, 2 RBI; Justin Ariki, 2-4, RBI. Kamehameha: Jherell Miller 2-3, double, RBI; Zach McAngus 2-3; Keoni Ruth 2-2, double.

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