Castle's Scott Argue slid into third base ahead of the tag by Moanalua infielder John Estores yesterday.

Meyer miffs Moanalua

A strong performance off the bench by Kazu Meyer and an opportunistic offense proved to be just what the doctor ordered for the Castle baseball team.

The Knights came from behind to defeat host Moanalua 8-5 to post their first win of the young season after enduring the loss of three key players and two heartbreaking defeats.

"I am so proud of these boys," Castle head coach Joe Tom said. "This is a very young team now, and they've had to endure a lot of loss and changes lately."

The Knights lost three players due to personal reasons, including returning second-team, all-league selection Travis Paaga.

"I'm not going to use the players we lost as an excuse, because everybody has to endure losses," Tom said. "We got quite a few more hits than we're used to today, and hopefully this will help our kids believe in themselves."

Meyer came up huge for the Knights both at the plate and on the mound. Meyer entered the game in the top of the fifth and smacked a double to score David Mohika, who reached base on one of the Menehunes' six errors. Meyer's blast started a five-run rally for Castle.

"I was just thinking about getting it done," Meyer said. "When I got to two strikes I just concentrated on getting on base. I guess it worked out."

Meyer also provided Castle with a strong relief appearance, working the final 2 2/3 innings to earn the save.

Knight starter Corey Paredes worked into the fifth and was pulled with one out and runners on second and third and Castle leading 8-4. Meyer got Andrew Blomberg to pop out to shortstop I'i Kanaeholo and then benefited from a fine play by first baseman Kyle Abasial, who snagged Dayne Dela Cruz's liner to end the threat.

Meyer breezed through the sixth and had to dig deep again in the seventh, as Moanalua got itself back into striking range on Blomberg's two-out, opposite-field RBI double to left. With Castle's lead down to three runs, Dela Cruz reached on an infield single to give the Menehunes runners at the corners. Meyer then walked Wayde Iwanaga to load the bases.

Moanalua coach Scott Yamada sent pinch hitter Bryce Onaga to the plate for catcher Donovan Souza, with a chance to win the game on one swing. But Meyer was up to the challenge, striking out Onaga with an off-speed pitch down and away.

"I felt pretty good until the end," Meyer said. "I started to struggle a little, but my catcher (third-year starter Mohika) picked me up. I was using the slider a lot today. I picked it up a week ago from our pitching coach, Joe Tom Sr., and it worked for me at practice and in the 'pen, so I threw it."

The Knights tallied 10 hits, including four in a row in their big fifth inning. Moanalua committed three errors in the frame, allowing 10 Castle hitters to take their turn at the plate. Menehune starter Chance Daskauskas pitched 4 2/3 innings in the losing effort, but surrendered only two earned runs and forced Castle to swing the bats. He struck out two and didn't walk a batter.

"Moanalua is still one of the favorites in our division," Tom said. "They're well-coached and their boys hustle and play tough. The errors today were very uncharacteristic for them, and we were just able to play a little better a little longer today."

At Moanalua H.S. field
Castle (1-2) 110 150 0 -- 8 10 0
Moanalua (1-1) 012 100 1 -- 5 10 6

Corey Paredes, Kazu Meyer (4) and David Mohika. Chance Daskauskas, Kekoa Lee (5), Adam Arakawa (7) and Donovan Souza. W--Paredes. L--Daskauskas. S--Meyer.
Leading hitters--Cas: Jordan Nakayama 3-4, RBI; Meyer 2b, RBI; Scott Argue 3b; Ikaika Reppun 2b, RBI; Kyle Kanaeholo 2-5, 2 RBIs. Moan: A.Arakawa 1-4, 2b, RBI; Andrew Blomberg 2-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Wade Iwanaga HR; Peter Arakawa 1-3, 2b.

Farrington 8, Kalaheo 4

The Governors scored four runs in the seventh inning to break a tie and get past the Mustangs.

At Kailua Recreation Center field
Farrington (1-2) 012 001 4 -- 8 11 2
Kalaheo (0-3) 130 000 0 -- 4 7 2

Newton Sardina and Anthony Gabrillo. Sean Tamba, Larry Provost (7), Doug Tox (7) and Tox, David Bershin (7). W--Sardina. L--Provost.
Leading hitters--Far: Alex Mendoza 3-4, 3 runs, 2 SB; Darwin Sabbo 3-4, 3 RBIs. Kalh: Tamba 2-4.

Roosevelt 18, Kaimuki 1

Rick Yoshikane's two-run double in the bottom of the third broke open a 2-1 game as the Rough Riders routed the visiting Bulldogs in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run mercy rule.

At Stevenson Middle School field
Kaimuki (0-3) 010 00
-- 1 3 4
Roosevelt (3-0) 117 9x
-- 18 15 0

Keha Kakau, Cory Morihara (3) and Danny Berger. Nick Wong, David Chow (5) and Kevin Fujii. W--Wong. L--Kakau.
Leading hitters--Kaim: Swaine Seto-Mook 2b. Roos: Fujii 2-2, 2b; Riki Nakagawa 2-3, 2 RBIs; Wong 2-3, 2 RBIs; Rick Yoshikane 4-4, 4 RBIs; Shannon Fukata 2-2, HR, 2b, 4 RBIs; Blake Parado 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs.

Kalani 13, Kahuku 7

A seven-run third inning wasn't enough for the Red Raiders to overcome the 13-run production of the Falcons, who remained undefeated.

At Kahala Field
Kahuku (0-2) 007 000 0 -- 7 7 4
Kalani (3-0) 551 200 x -- 13 8 4

Bronson Ponciano, Kimbell Niumatalolo (3) and Kurtney Silva. Shamus Kumashiro, Micah Takahashi (3), Jordan Sumida (5) and Joshua Markwith. W--Takahashi. L--Ponciano.
Leading hitters--Kah: Niumatalolo 3b, 2 RBIs; BJ Adolpho 2b; Mark Eda 2b. Kaln: Reid Matsumura 3-4, 2b, 3 runs, 3 RBIs; Markwith 2b, 2 runs; Trevor Teraoka 3 runs; Marcus Fujita 2 runs; Ridge Carpenter 2 RBIs; Darren Takemoto 3 runs; Stuart Mikami 2 RBIs.

oia westNo. 3 Mililani 10, Waipahu 0

Ryan Tsutsui got the win as the Trojans took care of the Marauders in five innings.

At Mililani H.S. field
Waipahu (0-3) 000 00
-- 0 5 2
Mililani (2-0) 306 1x
-- 10 8 0

Daniel Oshiro and Ridge Kaleikini. Ryan Tsutsui, Curt Ueda (5), Kamaka Crabbe and Ryne Miyamoto. W--Tsutsui. L--Oshiro.
Leading hitters--Waip: Derek Kiyabu 2-3; Jaren Rios 2-2. Mil: Tony Aquino 2 RBIs; Brandon Oshiro 2-2, 2 RBIs; Justin Watase 2 RBIs; Kyle Nakamoto 3b, 2 RBIs.

No. 9 Aiea 28, Waialua 0

Na Alii scored 28 runs on 18 hits to rout the Bulldogs and remain undefeated in league play.

At Aiea Recreation Center field
Waialua (0-2) 000 00
-- 0 0 3
Aiea (3-0) 78(13) 0x
-- 28 18 1

Casey Onizuka, Shayne Piler (3), Shawyn Piler (4) and Derrick Nacario. Derek Grace and Brian Morihara, Andrew Gouveia (2). W--Grace. L--Onizuka.
Leading hitters--Aiea: Cody Aquino 2-3, 2b, 2RBIs; Marc Alejo 3-5, 3b; Grace 2-2, 2 3bs, 6 RBIs; Robert Lau 2-3, 2b; Hoku Piho 2-3, 3b; Troy Uyeshiro 2-2, 4 RBIs; C.J. Tausaga 3-3, 3b, 2 RBI.

Pearl City 16, Nanakuli 0

Matthew Ko struck out seven, walked none and gave up only one hit in four innings as he picked up the win for the Chargers over the Golden Hawks.

At Pearl City H.S. field
Nanakuli (1-2) 000 00
-- 0 1 2
Pearl City (3-0) 253 6x
-- 16 13 0

Nathen Naehu, Curtis Wright (4) and Wright, Naehu (4). Matthew Ko, Ryan Mitsuda (5) and Paul Domingo, Rylan Nakahata (4). W--Ko. L--Naehu.
Leading hitters--PC: Dustin Kim Seu 2-3, 3b, 3 RBIs; Casey Fujishige 2b, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Tom Yamasaki 2-3, 2b, 3 RBIs; Craig Calantoc 2-4, 2 runs; Kory Valenzona 2-3, 2b, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Kelsey Poentis 3-3, 2b, 3 runs.

Campbell 6, Radford 3

James Bannister went the distance for the Sabers, striking out 11 and walking one in their win over the Rams.

At Campbell H.S. field
Radford (0-3) 000 003 0 -- 3 4 4
Campbell (2-0) 300 003 0 -- 6 9 0

Justin Lord, Sean Irish (6) and Kyle Howell. James Bannister and Ian Pantorilla, Kendall Hodson (2). W--Bannister. L--Lord.
Leading hitters--Rad: Kyle Blair 3b, 3 RBIs; Chris Espenshade 2-3, 2b. Cam: Bannister 2-3, 3b, 3 RBIs; Tristan Bailey 2-3; Keoni Gaui 2b; Ramsey Sakamoto 2 runs.

Waianae 6, Kapolei 3

The Seariders scored six unanswered runs to get their first win of the season by doubling up the Hurricanes.

At Waianae H.S.
Kapolei (0-2) 100 000 2 -- 3 6 2
Waianae (1-1) 021 102 x -- 6 8 0

John Corella, Howard Vinhasa (4), Michael Kahalehoe (6) and Kahalehoe, Justin Purvey (6). Ande Kuakini and Peter Carba. W--Kuakini. L--Corella.
Leading hitters--Kapo: Aaron Santiago 2-3, 2b, RBI. Wain: Sonny Zudoit 2-3, RBI, run; Liko Manual 2-3, 2 runs.


Konawaena 10, Honokaa 0, 5 innings
Waiakea 3, Keaau 1

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