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Castle’s Hao tries to smooth Rocky transition

By Nick Abramo on March 9, 2018

Going in to Friday’s Kailua vs. Castle baseball game, we heard reports there would be a new head coach in Castle’s home dugout. We just didn’t know who it would be. Maybe the reports of a transition were overblown. Maybe it would still be Rocky Fraticelli, the Knights’ coach on the diamond since 2012. Sure enough, though, Fraticelli was not in the dugout. But who was that in there, wearing his maroon cap and sunglasses? After No. 6 Kailua’s 11-0 […]

Saint Louis hands Mid-Pacific first loss in extra innings

By Christian Shimabuku on March 9, 2018

Just when it seemed that No. 2 Mid-Pacific could gain a little separation from the rest of the ILH, No. 5 Saint Louis showed the Owls what life in the league is about in a 6-5 victory at Goeas Field on Friday afternoon. It took the Crusaders (2-2) eight innings to hand the Owls (3-1) their first loss, but after committing six errors against a team that feeds off of them, coach George Gusman will gladly take it. “(Mid-Pacific) is […]

Kailua’s Ishigo talks about voters’ snub

By Nick Abramo on March 9, 2018

Kailua has been a force in baseball for quite some time and a good part of that is due to the wizardry of coach Corey Ishigo. The former steady second baseman for the University of Hawaii gives his team that same kind of steady hand year in and year out. It’s no surprise that the Surfriders are off to a 3-0 start in the OIA. Ishigo has brought them to eight league titles in his 20 years and he also […]

Hirano gives Pearl City a win over Campbell in 12

By Paul Honda on March 7, 2018

It would be easy to believe that desperate measures lead to greater urgency — and success. Or maybe baseball is just a game of pain. Down 1-0 against one of the OIA West’s top pitchers — Campbell’s Jamin Kalaola — the Pearl City Chargers didn’t gain any momentum against the fourth-ranked Sabers, especially on Campbell’s home field. Their first 11 batters failed to get on base. Kalaola turned in another masterful performance: one run on three hits, three strikeouts with […]

Defense lifts No. 2 Owls over No. 1 ‘Iolani

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 6, 2018

There’s no denying the high of delivering a timely hit. Going airborne for a catch to deny a threat? Well, that sensation comes awfully close … if not better. “It feels amazing. It feels like nothing else,” Mid-Pacific outfielder Jet Uechi said Tuesday. Uechi would know after making a diving snag with the bases loaded in the first inning of the second-ranked Owls’ ILH duel with No. 1 ‘Iolani at the Raiders’ field. MPI right fielder Micah Pi experienced much the […]

Punahou limits its mistakes in win over Saint Louis

By Billy Hull on March 6, 2018

With four sophomores in its starting lineup and pitching ace Kahi Bisho not scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, No. 7 Punahou went out anyway and played like the more polished team in a 5-1 victory over No. 5 Saint Louis in an ILH baseball game at Goeas Field. Second baseman Kalae Harrison, one of those sophomores for the Buffanblu (2-1), ripped two line-drive doubles to right-center and scored twice to lead the Punahou offense. Saint Louis (1-2) made three errors […]

Q&A: Campbell pitcher Jamin Kalaola

By Paul Honda on March 6, 2018

It’s the kind of opening statement that any pitcher would love to have. In Campbell’s OIA West opener against powerhouse Mililani last week, senior Jamin Kalaola fired a two-hit shutout with four strikeouts and no walks. It was less than perfect in his eyes, but the Sabers will gladly take that kind of performance every time. Longtime coach Rory Pico is always about team, but praised Kalaola for his excellence and work ethic in the classroom and athletics. “His overall […]

No. 1 hosts new No. 2 on Tuesday

By Billy Hull on March 5, 2018

After impressive wins over previously No. 6 Kamehameha and No. 5 Punahou to start the ILH season, Mid-Pacific jumped a spot to No. 2 in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 released today. That sets up an early-season clash between the top two teams in the state when the Owls visit No. 1 ‘Iolani on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders held on to the top spot with a win over Saint Louis last Wednesday. Mid-Pacific jumped over Baldwin by a […]