Tuesday, May 15, 2001
KailuaKamaile Santos struck out 11 batters and Kailua successfully defended its Oahu Interscholastic Association baseball championship with a 9-3 win over Moanalua last night at Hans L'Orange Park.
Kamaile Santos throwsBy Jason Kaneshiro
a complete game to beat
Moanalua for title
Santos, a junior right-hander, threw 129 pitches en route to a complete-game performance.
He battled through a shaky first inning and survived a seventh-inning rally to finish the game.
"This was the best game he pitched all season," said Kailua head coach Corey Ishigo. "He always wants the ball in big games."
Santos got all the support he needed in the fourth when the Surfriders exploded for eight runs on eight hits.
Jarid Kawamoto's two-run single got the Kailua offense rolling and Santos, Derek Yonamine and Travis Hayashida all recorded RBI singles.
Santos gave up a run in the first inning when Geoffrey Say scored on Abe Manutai's groundout.
But after getting the lead, he settled down to keep the Menehunes off the scoreboard until the seventh.
"All you have to do is throw strikes and let the defense work," Santos said.
While the win was sweet for the Surfriders, the team is looking to accomplish an even bigger goal this weekend.
"It feels good," said Kailua senior Jory Pearce. "But I really want that state (championship)."
At Hans L'Orange Field
Moanalua 100 000 -- 3 9 1 Kailua 000 800 x -- 9 13 2
Kyle Nakamichi, Geoffrey Say (4), Lorin Nakagawa (4), Scott Batula (6) and Nakagawa, Brett Tanigawa (4), Nakagawa (6); Kamaile Santos and Cody Texiera-Vickery. W--Santos. L--Nakamichi.
Leading hitters--Moanalua: Abe Manutai, 2-4; Ric Fukushima, 2-3, RBI; James Strombach, 2-4; Kailua: Travis Hayashida, 2-4, 2B; Jory Pearce, 2-4, 2 RBI; Chris Ching, 2-3; Kawika Kekaula, 2-3, RBI; Jarid Kawamoto, 2 RBI; Santos, 2B, RBI.
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