Star-Bulletin Sports

Wednesday, May 2, 2001


Campbell's Landon Newcomb, left, scored the winning
run as Aaron Powell, right, tries to tag.

Aiea slips past
Campbell as OIA resumes


By Jason Kaneshiro

The Campbell baseball team shook off the rust of a three-week break in time to squeeze past Aiea, 4-3, yesterday at the Sabers' field.

Josh Cutrer's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Landon Newcomb with the winning run as the Sabers improved to 4-1 in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Western Division. Aiea fell to 3-1.

"We knew in order for us to be successful we would have to get by the Aieas, the Pearl Citys, the Mililanis," said Campbell coach Lane Watanuki. "This was our first test and it's fortunate we came out on the winning end."

The game marked the teams' return to the playing field after having their season disrupted by the statewide teachers' strike.

"Whether we win or lose I like it when people get to see a good baseball game," Watanuki said, "because I think it shows the public that these kids really deserve to have a season."

Aiea travels to Mililani today for a game at 4:30 p.m. Campbell plays at Pearl City on Friday.

Campbell fell behind early yesterday as starting pitcher Chad Bailey struggled with his control. Skip Saito led off the game with a walk and later scored on a single by Chase Nakamura. Taylor Watanabe, who bunted for a base hit, scored Aiea's second run on a wild pitch.

But Bailey shut Aiea out over the next four innings. He finished with eight strikeouts.

Campbell struck back in the bottom of the first inning to tie it. Keahi Kapana doubled to score Abraham Labatos, and Bailey singled to bring in Kapana. The Sabers took the lead in the second on Shaunsey Saito's sacrifice fly.

Na Alii manufactured a run in the sixth inning to tie the game as Justin Nii drew a bases-loaded walk. Watanuki then pulled Bailey, who had thrown 116 pitches, with two out and the bases still loaded in favor of Labatos. The junior promptly struck out Brian Tucker to end the threat.

"If he had walked the guy I would have been kicking my okole from now to next season," Watanuki said.

Campbell opened the bottom of the seventh with Kapana drawing a lead-off walk from Aiea relief pitcher Blake Lamug. Bailey and Garrett Hermosura followed with infield singles to load the bases.

Cutrer then lifted a fly ball to right field, just deep enough for Newcomb, pinch running for Kapana, to slide into home under the tag of Aiea catcher Aaron Powell.

At Campbell field

Aiea (3-1) 200 001 0 -- 3 4 2
Campbell (4-1) 210 000 1 -- 4 9 1

Casey Onaga, Blake Lamug (5) and Aaron Powell; Chad Bailey, Abraham Lobetos (6) and Garrett Hermosura, Ikaika Trinidad (2). W -- Lobetos. L -- Lamug.

Leading hitters--Aiea: Brandon Armstrong double. Campbell: Keahi Kapana double, RBI; Bailey 2-3; Trinidad 2-3.

Other OIA West

Waipahu 11, Radford 2:

Curtis Evans went the distance, pitching a five-hitter and striking out three for the Marauders.

Travis Atualevao went 2-for-4, including a bases-loaded triple in a seven-run first inning for the visiting Marauders.

At Radford field

Waipahu (2-4) 721 000 1 -- 11 9 1
Radford (1-3) 000 101 0 -- 2 5 5

Curtis Evans and Shane Jelf; Tyler Ferguson, Victor Mejia (2) and Richard Killen. W--Evans . L--Ferguson.

Leading hitters--Waip: Travis Atualevao, 2-4, 2b, 3b, 4 RBIs; S. Jelf, 3-5, 2b. Rad: Brant Onaga, 3b.

Pearl City 7, Waianae 2:

Shawn Benson went 613 innings and struck out 11 for the win, and Blane Kagamida had a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth for the Chargers.

At Pearl City Field

Waianae (3-1) 000 002 0 -- 2 3 0
Pearl City (3-1) 003 103 x -- 7 7 1

Dane Awana, Chad Rodrigues (3), Duran Adams (6), Chad Fuller (6) and Peter Sarono; Shawn Benson, Chad Itokazu (7) and Gavin Concepcion. W--Benson. L--Awana.

Leading hitters--PC: Erik Mizoshiri, 2-4, 2b; Blane Kagamida, 3-run HR, 4 RBIs; Cory Fujinaga, 2b; Chad Itokazu, 3 runs scored.

Leilehua 11, Waialua 4:

Jay Baptista hit a two-run home run to lead the Mules past the Bulldogs in a game marred by 14 errors committed by both teams.

At Fred Wright field

Leilehua (2-3) 013 122 2 -- 11 10 7
Waialua (0-5) 010 111 0 -- 4 8 7

Spencer Omalza, Jermayne Hightower (4), Daylen Hale (6) and Matt Omalza; Gavin Nakamura, Jonathan Kaeo (2), Calvin Kawai (4) and Charles Tantong Jr. W--S. Omalza. L--Kaeo.

Leading hitters--Leilehua: Jay Baptista two-run home run; M. Omalza 2-5; S. Omalza 2-4; McKenzie Hanson double. Waialua: Keoni Peiler 2-4, triple; Kaeo 2-4; Nakamura double.

OIA East

Kailua 14, Farrington 2:

Michael Cathcart hit two doubles in a 10-run fourth inning as the host Surfriders beat the Governors.

Cody Vickery struck out 11 and allowed only one hit, an infield single by Micah Alexander on the first pitch of the game.

At Kailua field

Farrington (0-5)
001 01 -- 2 1 3
Kailua (4-1)
013 (10)x -- 14 13 0

Barba, Tabil (4) and Rodrigues; Vickery and Kekaula. W--Vickery. L--Barba.

Leading hitters--Kailua: Cathcart, 3-3, 2 2b, 3 RBIs; Hayashida, 2b; Pearce 2-3, 2b, 3 RBIs; Kekaula, 3-3, 2 2b, 3 RBIs; Vickery, 2 RBIs.

Kalaheo 5, Kahuku 1:

Chase Woods struck out five while pitching a two-hitter for the Mustangs. Shane Harada and Aren Verios hit run-scoring singles in the third inning for Kalaheo.

At Kailua Recreation Field

Kahuku (2-4) 100 000 0 -- 1 2 2
Kalaheo (4-1) 003 011 x -- 5 6 3

Bobby Wallace, Kyle Pao (4) and Melvin Silva; Chase Woods and Mike Garcia. W--Woods . L--Wallace.

Leading hitters--Kah: Jeremiah Bonnett, 2b. Kalah: Shane Harada, 2-3.

Roosevelt 4, Kalani 3:

Chris Mols struck out nine and went the distance for the Rough Riders.

The Rough Riders added what proved to be the game-winning run on a sac fly by Corey Higa.

Bryce Sumida also went the distance with six strikeouts for the Falcons.

At Kahala Field

Roosevelt (4-2) 020 002 0 -- 4 5 2
Kalani (2-4) 100 002 0 -- 3 7 1

Chris Mols and Joey Shimabuku; Bryce Sumida and Sean Kaku. W--Mols. L--Sumida.

Leading hitters--Roos: Matt Terukina, solo HR. Kaln: Rodney Roque, 2-3; S. Kaku, 3b.

McKinley 4, Castle 2:

Three Tiger pitchers limited the Knights to two hits and benfitted from five double plays as McKinley picked up its first win of the season. The win also marked McKinley's first over Castle in more than a decade.

At Castle field

McKinley (1-4) 102 100 0 -- 4 9 1
Castle (3-2-1) 100 001 0 -- 2 2 2

Ty Tokunaga, Shaughn Kayatani (6), Evan Costa (6) and Justin Book; Charles Teixeira, Kurt Okumura (3) and Jason Taniguchi. W--Tokunaga. L--Teixeira.

Leading hitters--McKinley: Reid Goto, 2-4, 2 runs; Casey Lee 2-4, 2 doubles; Cole Sugimoto 2-3.

Kaiser 4, Kaimuki 1:

Nathan Ota pitched a complete-game three hitter and hit a solo home run to lead the Cougars over the Bulldogs. Kaiser remains the only undefeated team in the OIA.

At Kaimuki Field

Kaiser (4-0-1) 100 012 0 -- 4 7 1
Kaimuki (2-3) 000 100 0 -- 1 3 1

Nathan Ota and Chris Gallego; Jeffrey Yee, Sean Nomura (4) and Leland Ohelo. W--Ota. L--Yee.

Leading hitters--Kais: B.J. Bernard, 2-2; David Chu, 2-3, double; Nathan Ota, solo home run.

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