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Aaron Ujimori’s complete game and home run lift ‘Iolani over Punahou

By Paul Honda on March 21, 2019

Having the best stuff doesn’t mean teams automatically advance in the NCAA tournament. The same goes on the mound for pitchers. Aaron Ujimori didn’t have his usual sharp curve ball, but he located his fastball and change-up with surgical precision as No. 2 ‘Iolani overwhelmed No. 7 Punahou 7-2 on Tuesday at a breezy, sunny Father Bray Athletic Complex. Ujimori allowed one earned run, struck out four and walked none for the complete-game win. The Raiders improved to 8-0 in […]

‘Iolani’s Shane Sasaki leads Hawaii’s Perfect Game Preseason All-Americans

By Paul Honda on March 21, 2019

The high school baseball preseason is a chapter of the past now, but it also came with some sterling honors locally. Shane Sasaki of ‘Iolani, Bubba Akana of St. Francis, Jake Tsukada of Punahou and Bryson Ewaliko of Kailua were selected to the 2019 Rawlings Perfect Game Preseason All-American team. Sasaki, a centerfielder, is on the second team. He played with Hawaii Baseball Group and is signed with Cal Poly. He currently has three home runs and a .591 batting […]

Q&A: ‘Iolani outfielder Shane Sasaki

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2019

‘Iolani’s hit machine is a phenomenon, a result of reps and development. The process has been simple and certainly not easy. Shane Sasaki and his teammates haven’t stopped since reaching the state semifinals in 2018. Swings in the batting cage. Reps in the weight room. No rest for the weary. Sasaki is batting .591 with three homers, 13 RBIs and nine runs scored during ‘Iolani’s 6-0 run to start the ILH season. Last year, he was a Star-Advertiser All-State second-team […]


Defending OIA champ Mililani makes biggest jump

By Paul Honda on March 18, 2019

For a third week in a row, Baldwin occupies the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10. Again, however, Baldwin (11-1, 3-0 MIL) saw its hold on first-place votes has diminished slightly. The defending state champions collected eight first-place votes, while ILH front-runner ‘Iolani (16-3, 6-0) received the other two. Waiakea (9-1, 4-0 BIIF) leaped a notch over Punahou (13-1-1, 5-0 ILH) to No. 3. Punahou and ‘Iolani will play on Thursday in a key ILH showdown at […]

Jake Tsukada’s 5 RBIs keep Punahou undefeated in ILH

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2019

The chase for the one and only automatic state-tourney berth in the regular season for the Interscholastic League of Honolulu is turning into a two-team race. Just don’t say it to the Punahou Buffanblu and ‘Iolani Raiders. Neither team is willing to call it that, even though they are the only unbeaten teams in the chase. Punahou kept it close on Saturday with a 14-2 rout of Kamehameha at sizzling-hot Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. Punahou is now […]

Bryson Ewaliko saves Kailua’s win over Castle

By Christian Shimabuku on March 15, 2019

With a new name, Bryson Ewaliko is still at the top of his game. The Kailua senior, known as Bryson Ballesteros until just two weeks ago, locked down the save in Kailua’s 7-4 win over Castle on Friday afternoon. Ewaliko was overpowering in his one inning of work, striking out two Knights before getting Ian Rivera to fly out to end the game. Ewaliko earned Star-Advertiser first-team All-State honors as a junior alongside teammate Stone Parker and Waiakea’s David Nakamura, […]

St. Francis beats Damien, but loses dance contest

By Nick Abramo on March 14, 2019

Damien right fielder Kyle Kinney probably won’t make it on America’s Got Talent anytime soon, but he almost danced his way to a Monarchs victory Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park. Instead, though, St. Francis held off hard-changing, arch rival Damien 6-4 in an ILH Division II baseball game. So let’s set the dance stage. The Monarchs were trailing 5-4 in the bottom of the sixth with Kinney on second base after a single and Jordan Donahue on first on […]

Punahou avoids crucial mistakes to stay undefeated in ILH

By Nick Abramo on March 12, 2019

Punahou coach Keenan Sue felt fortunate to be on the correct end of a 5-3 ILH baseball victory over Saint Louis on Tuesday at Goeas Field. It’s an awfully tough gig to be in the ILH, where talent and competition abounds each and every year. The Buffanblu (3-0) got it done with a four-run fifth inning to snatch the victory away from the Crusaders (2-2), who had taken a 3-1 lead. It allowed Punahou to remain one of only two […]