Pearl City's Paul Domingo slid safely into second base yesterday as Kaiser's Andy Uehara awaited the throw.

Pearl City upends
Kaiser to advance

Matt Ko hadn't pitched in many crucial situations for Pearl City this season, but that quickly changed yesterday.

Ko replaced starter Craig Calantoc with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning and got Ho'o Obed to ground into a 4-6-3 double play as the Chargers upset the Cougars 3-1 yesterday at Kaiser.

Casey Fujishige had three hits and drove in two runs, and Paul Domingo added a solo homer in the seventh as the West's sixth seed defeated the East's third seed in the first round of the Oahu Interscholastic Association baseball playoffs yesterday.

"That was the toughest game I've pitched in and they were just clutch," Ko said of his middle infielders. "I was very nervous because I could feel the weight of the whole game on my shoulders."

Calantoc picked up the win for Pearl City, giving up just one run and four hits in 5 1/3 innings while striking out five.

"(Calantoc) has been consistent for us all season and I expected him to carry us from the beginning," Chargers coach Mel Seki said. "Today, he rose to the occasion again."

The Cougars got on the board first as Andy Uehara scored on an RBI groundout. The Cougars managed to get the leadoff batter on base four times in seven innings, but could only muster one hit with runners in scoring position.

"Sometimes the ball just doesn't bounce your way," Cougars coach Peter Ho said. "No matter how hard you play, sometimes you just can't get it done, but that's baseball."

Obed's single in the fourth was Kaiser's only hit with runners in scoring position, but Bryant Katakura threw out Landon Kaaua at home for the third out on a very close play.

"I have a hard time believing that a guy can be tagged on top of the plate and still be called out," Ho said. "That was another big momentum swing."

The Chargers took a 2-1 lead in the third inning on a two-run double by Fujishige. After Ko worked out of the bases-loaded jam in the sixth, Domingo added a huge insurance run for the Chargers with a solo homer to right-center in the seventh.

"That was huge because now we're chasing two runs," Ho said. "Instead of bunting over the runner at first we have to swing away and we just couldn't execute in those spots."

Neale Asato reached on an infield single to open the seventh, but Jarryd Maeda bounced into a double play before Ko got Scott Uyehara to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

"It's a little more intense," Calantoc said of pitching in the playoffs. "You know if you lose you're gone, so I just tried to pitch my game and hopefully the offense will come through, and they did."

With the win, the Chargers travel to Leilehua to face the Mules today at 4 p.m.

At Kaiser H.S. field
Pearl City (7-4) 002 000 1 -- 3 6 1
Kaiser (8-3) 100 000 0 -- 1 5 2

Craig Calantoc, Matt Ko (6) and Paul Domingo. Trent Hamada, Evan Garcia (4) and Jarryd Maeda. W--Calantoc. L--Hamada. S--Ko.
Leading hitters--PC: Casey Fujishige 3-3, 2b, 2 RBIs; Domingo HR. Kais: Landon Kaaua 2-2.

No. 9 Kailua 8, Campbell 5

Kailua's Matthew Kinoshita scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh with a solo home run that bounced over the head of the center fielder, as the Surfriders downed the Sabers, eliminating them from the OIA playoffs.

Campbell started strong, jumping out to an early lead in the bottom of the first when Tristan Bailey tripled and then scored on a ground ball. James Bannister followed suit with a solo home run, increasing the lead to two.

Kevin Matsumoto went the distance for Kailua, striking out five and walking only one.

At Campbell H.S. field
Kailua (8-3) 000 203 3 -- 8 14 1
Campbell (7-4) 220 010 0 -- 5 8 1

Kevin Matsumoto and Michael D'Alessio. Tristan Bailey, James Bannister (7) and Ian Pantorilla. W--Matsumoto. L--Bailey.
Leading hitters--Kail: D'Allesio 2-4, 2b, 2 RBIs; Tyler Harrison 2-4; Kekoa Sua 2-4, 3b, 2 RBIs; Matthew Kinoshita HR; Preston Nakata 3 runs; Ranson Kaanoi 2-4, run, RBI; Kelii Klobucar 3-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs. Cam: Victor Cachuela 2-4, 2b, run; Bailey 2-4, run, 2 RBIs; Jacob Kaku 2 RBIs; Bannister HR; Pantorilla 2b.

Waianae 11, Castle 3

Kipi Rosa's grand slam over the left-field fence and Willy Duseigner's two-run homer ignited an eight-run third inning for the Seariders as they routed the visiting Knights.

Winning pitcher Clayton Uyechi struck out four, walked none and allowed only one hit in three innings.

At Waianae H.S. field
Castle (6-5) 000 300 0 -- 3 4 3
Waianae (9-2) 208 001 x -- 11 13 2

Jeff Akamine, Darron Meyer (3) and David Mohika. Clayton Uyechi, Liko Manuel (4), Darius Fuller (7) and Peter Carba. W--Uyechi. L--Akamine.
Leading hitters--Cas: Barron Meyer 2b; Ikaika Reppuhn 3b. Wain: Sonny Dudoit 2-3, run; Charleson Low 3-3, 3 runs; Kipi Rosa 2-4, grand slam; Willy Duseigner 2-run HR.

Aiea 5, Roosevelt 3

Shane Koga hit a three-run homer to right field in the first inning to give Na Alii a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Derek Grace added a two-run shot to center in the third to give eventual winning pitcher Kahoku Piho a hefty lead.

Roosevelt left eight runners on base. The Rough Riders got a solo homer from Nick Wong.

At Stevenson Middle School field
Aiea (8-3) 302 000 0 -- 5 8 2
Roosevelt (7-4) 000 210 0 -- 3 8 0

Kahoku Piho, Cody Aquino (5) and Brian Morihara. David Chow, Kalani Yoshimura (3) and Kevin Fujii. W--Piho. L--Chow. S--Aquino.
Leading hitters--Aiea: Lance Powell 3-3; Derek Grace 2-4, 2-run HR; Shane Koga 3-run HR; Keenan Naeole 2-3. Roos: Kila Delovio 2-4, 2b; Nick Wong 2-3, HR; Brent Maeda 2b.

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