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St. Francis softball request to go D-I denied twice

By Nick Abramo on March 22, 2019

Two St. Francis softball assistant coaches were denied twice in requests to the ILH, asking for permission for the team to move up to Division I for league and state competition. The denials came from ILH executive director Blane Gaison to Saints athletic director Chad Konishi, according to the assistants — Ululani Reyes and Briana Tovio-Asato. The latest denial came last week, about a day and a half after the assistants started a petition. The first denial came in mid-February. […]

St. Francis can’t hold off Punahou comeback

By Nick Abramo on March 21, 2019

Big leads don’t always mean much in high school softball on Oahu this year. St. Francis went up by six runs and appeared to be cruising on Wednesday at Punahou. In the early going, the home team Buffanblu were struggling big-time at the plate. As soon as the second inning ended and after his girls had popped or flied out for five of the first six outs, Punahou coach Boy Eldredge exclaimed, “No more fly balls.” The Buffanblu took his […]

Freshmen Ailana Agbayani, Allie Capello spark ‘Iolani rally

By Paul Honda on March 19, 2019

There’s a reason why fences exist. When they don’t, confusion can arise. No. 2 Maryknoll led 1-0 entering the bottom of the fifth inning of a key showdown with No. 6 ‘Iolani on Tuesday at Ala Wai Park. The Raiders took the lead, 2-1, and had two runners on base when freshman Allie Capello stepped into the box. After taking a strike on the inside corner, Capello waited and saw the same pitch in the same location. She lined the […]

Roosevelt’s walk-off homer upstages Kaiser’s incredible catch

By Nick Abramo on March 19, 2019

Athletically speaking, Lauryn Wee‘s catch was the play of the game Tuesday at the Lincoln Elementary School softball field. It came in a losing cause, however. On the scoreboard, Kanilehua Pitoy‘s inside-the-park, walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh that gave Roosevelt a 2-1 victory over Kaiser gets the nod as the play of the game. Things were still scoreless in the third inning when the third-ranked Rough Riders’ Maya Nakamura hit a deep drive that looked to be […]

Campbell widens its lead for No. 1; Waianae, MPI jump up

By Nick Abramo on March 18, 2019

Mid-Pacific and Waianae moved up in a big way this week in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser softball Top 10. The Owls (5-1 ILH) jumped three spots to No. 4 and the Seariders (4-1 OIA West) climbed the same amount of slots to No. 5. A surprise team so far this season, Waianae knocked off then-No. 5 Mililani 4-0 on Tuesday. Campbell (5-0 OIA West) and Maryknoll (5-1 ILH) stayed put at Nos. 1 and 2. The Sabers were fortunate to rally […]

Jayda Favela lights Campbell’s fuse in comeback win over Leilehua

By Nick Abramo on March 16, 2019

Those judging a softball player’s worth by on home runs and RBIs may miss the value in a player like Campbell’s Jayda Favela. She is a Jayda of all trades. A solid second baseman, she quietly fueled the top-ranked Sabers’ 7-6 comeback victory at home over No. 10 Leilehua on Saturday morning. This is what the kid sister of former Campbell standouts Elisa and Trinity Favela did: >> Reached base four times >> Went 2-for-3 by beating out two infield […]

Q&A: Punahou’s slugging shortstop, D’Asha Saiki

By Paul Honda on March 12, 2019

This is the season of D’Asha Saiki, doing Babe Ruth kind of things. The Punahou senior picked up a new bat, courtesy of Mom and Dad, after breaking her old one. Great hitters simply wear out the old and bring in the new. She has not missed a beat. She batted .760 in preseason with 26 RBIs. In ILH play, after five games, she is batting .917 with an OPS of 2.584, 10 RBIs and eight runs scored. She has […]

St. Francis assistants start petition to move up to D-I

By Nick Abramo on March 11, 2019

Two St. Francis softball assistant coaches have started an online petition asking for support in their request for the ILH to immediately move the Saints up from Division II to D-I for league and state competition. “I fully support their effort,” St. Francis head coach Randy Langsi said Monday. “I’m really hopeful and I feel like the girls deserve it.” Langsi said he doesn’t know if the ILH can grant the request and referred that question to Saints athletic director […]