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Arakawa out as Pearl City baseball coach

By Nick Abramo on July 21, 2017

Pearl City is looking for a new baseball coach. The Chargers went 6-9 a year ago under first-year head coach Peter Arakawa, and that included a 1-2 run in the OIA Division I playoffs. They didn’t make the state tournament. Arakawa played his high school baseball at Moanalua, and he took over for Gavin Concepcion at Pearl City prior to the 2017 season. Pearl City athletic director Reid Shigemasa is in the process of finding a replacement. No reason was […]

Cantillo makes MaxPreps national team

By Nick Abramo on July 6, 2017

CBS MaxPreps picked Joey Cantillo to its 2017 All-American baseball team, the website announced Tuesday. Cantillo, a left-handed pitcher who led Kailua to its second straight Oahu Interscholastic Association championship, was one of 31 players to make the second team. Thirty-one players were picked to the first team. Cantillo, who is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, recently signed with the San Diego Padres and received a signing bonus of $302,500 after he was selected in the 16th round.

Kailua’s Cantillo will sign with Padres

By Nick Abramo on June 29, 2017

Kailua left-handed pitcher Joey Cantillo plans to play professional baseball and sign with the San Diego Padres, Hawaii Prep World learned via sources today. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound former Surfriders star will sign within the next few days. He was chosen by the Padres in the 16th round of the Major League Baseball Draft, the 468th overall pick. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. If he hadn’t decided to go pro, Cantillo would be headed to the University of […]

MLB draft had quite the Hawaii presence

By Billy Hull on June 14, 2017

For the first time since 2000, six Hawaii high school graduates were taken in the first 20 rounds of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft that ended Wednesday. After KJ Harrison, Ryley Widell and Tanner Nishioka were taken in the first 10 rounds on Tuesday, four more prep stars heard their names called today. Unlike Harrison (Oregon State), Widell (Central Arizona College) and Nishioka (Pomona-Pitzer), Hilo’s Joey Jarneski, Kailua’s Joey Cantillo, Waipahu’s Kobie Russell and Punahou’s Cole Cabrera were […]

3 with Hawaii ties taken on Day 2 of MLB draft

By Billy Hull on June 13, 2017

Oregon State junior KJ Harrison, a Punahou alumnus, was selected in the third round of the 2017 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as the 84th overall pick of the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday. Harrison, who was the Pac-12 freshman of the year in 2015 and played for Team USA twice, is hitting .330 with 13 doubles, eight homers and 39 RBIs for the No. 1-ranked Beavers, who will play in the College World Series beginning Saturday. Harrison homered twice […]

Punahou trip to China: ‘Life changing’

By Paul Honda on June 9, 2017

Keenan Sue says China is simply unlike anything he has seen. The Punahou baseball team was en route to Nanjing to play with more teams. Sue, the varsity baseball coach at Punahou, is with the team on a tour that has taken the Buffanblu to different locations to play against teams from Major League Baseball academies. Punahou has 67 players and parents on the voyage. “The cultural experience we’ve had thus far has been amazing,” Sue texted on Friday night, […]

Excellence at a new position: Jio led Maui to title

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2017

Micah Jio is one part of the formula that led the Maui Sabers — the second-place-in-the-Maui-Interscholastic-League Maui Sabers — to the 2017 state baseball championship. Jio’s versatile skills were a huge asset in that equation, and his clutch play at the state tourney opened the eyes of voters on the Star-Advertiser All-State panel, who voted him position player of the year. The senior was a three-year standout at shortstop, but made the move to center field at the request of […]

Adding slider made Yamaguchi a master ace

By Paul Honda on June 4, 2017

The season chugged along, a gauntlet of merciless forays in the wickedly difficult Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Sure, Mid-Pacific was extremely young. They could take down a seasoned foe by meticulous means. ‘Iolani? Very scary, particularly for any opponent who considered the Raiders a peg down from the top. At that peak level, it was Saint Louis, Punahou and Kamehameha vying for not just an ILH crown, but a state-tournament berth. During that crescendo to the finish, the teams with […]