Hopes for an ILH title and state-tournament berth are on the line for the Kamehameha Warriors and ‘Iolani Raiders this afternoon at Mid-Pacific’s Damon Field.
Weather is picture perfect: Sunny, almost cloudless sky above, gentle trades 5-10 mph. The winner stays alive in the ILH’s double-elimination tournament. The loser is done for the year. Kamehameha has beaten ‘Iolani three times in three games during regular-season play.
On the mound: Caleb Duhay of ‘Iolani against Keenan Lum of Kamehameha. Live updates will be posted below throughout the contest, which will begin at 3:45 p.m.
IOL: Southpaw Keenan Lum on the mound for KS. Leadoff man Max Look walks on four pitches. Joshua Inouye goes opposite field and lines an 0-2 pitch to right for a single. Christian Donahue deep fly to right center for the first out, Look advances to third. Inouye steals second on a 1-0 pitch. Pikai Winchester strikes out on a 3-2 fastball tailing outside for the second out. Lum then gets Joshua Inaba to chase a breaking ball on a 3-2 count for the third out. No runs, no hits, no errors, two left on base. IOL 0, KS coming up to bat.
KS: Right-hander Caleb Duhay on the mound for IOL. Leadoff man Matt Yokota walks on four pitches. Duhay throws two balls to Kekai Rios, prompting a quick visit from SS Donahue, and then a trip to the mound by IOL coach Brent Shimokawa. Duhay gets a called third strike on a breaking ball to strike out Rios for the first out. Codie Paiva sends the next pitch to left field for a single. Makana Arakaki also goes after the first pitch, flying out to center for the second out. Ethan Rosehill strikes out on a sweeping curveball for the third out. IOL 0, KS 0.
IOL: Corey Nakakura hit by pitch on Lum’s first delivery. Duhay battles back from an 0-2 count (including a missed bunt attempt) to walk. Very close on the fourth ball, just off the outside corner. Then bizarro happens: Matt Campos lays down a sac bunt, Lum is fields, pump fakes to third, then misfires to first. Nakakura rounds second and stops at third, but when Duhay overruns second base, C Rosehill throws errantly. The ball caroms into center field, allowing Duhay to score. Campos advances to second. Two errors on one play. Kainoa Fong grounds into a 6-5 fielder’s choice, Campos out at third. Look follows with a chopper in front of home plate for an infield single, Fong advances to third. Inouye then sac fly to center for the second out, Fong scores from third. Donahue follows with a double to right center on a 2-2 pitch, bringing Look home as the throw misses the cutoff man. Pikai Winchester lines a 1-2 fastball up the middle for a single, scoring Donahue from second. KS coach Billy Pieper visits the mound. Inaba’s soft liner to short is caught for the third out. Five runs, three hits, two errors, one left on base. Four of the five runs unearned. IOL 5, KS 0.
KS: William Young grounds out to second for the first out. Kahoea Akau walks on four pitches. After Duhay throws three balls to Kody Cacal, Shimokawa visits the mound, but Cacal walks on the next pitch. James De Jesus follows with a walk on four pitches. C Inaba and SS Donahue visit the mound. Yakota strikes out for the second out. Rios pops out in foul ground to third for the third out. No runs, no hits, three left on base. IOL 5, KS 0.
IOL: Nakakura grounds to second for the first out. Duhay lines a single off the center-field fence. Campos lines a single to right, Duhay stops at second. Fong grounds a single to left, loading the bases. Inouye flies to right, RF Yakota throws out Duhay at home plate to end the inning. No runs, three hits, no errors, two left on. IOL 5, KS 0.
KS: Paiva pops out to short for the first out. Arakaki walks. Rosehill walks on four pitches and Shimokawa heads to the mound, as do C Inaba and SS Donahue. Young grounds into a 5-4 fielder’s choice for the second out. Young steals second on a 2-2 pitch. Akau then walks to load the bases. Duhay throws a high fastball on a 3-2 count and walks Cacal, forcing in Arakaki from third base for KS’ first run. Duhay leaves the game, replaced by Bronson Ichimura, a lefty. Duhay threw 68 pitches in 2 and 2-3 innings. De Jesus doubles to deep center, scoring Young and Akau. Yakota flies out to right, ending the inning. Three runs, one hit, two left on base. IOL 5, KS 3.
Note: Duhay on the books with three runs on two hits, three strikeouts and seven walks. He threw 68 pitches in 2 2-3 IP. He’s the pitcher of record should IOL hang on to win without giving up the lead.
IOL: New pitcher for KS is Josh Souza. Lum gave up five runs on six hits, struck out two and walked two. He threw 63 pitches in three innings. Only one run was earned. Inouye flies out to left. Donahue singles to right center. Winchester flies out to left, a near collision between LF Young and SS Cacal, bobbled but caught by the LF. Donahue steals second. Inaba flies out to center for the third out. No runs, one hit, no errors, one left on. IOL 5, KS 3.
KS: Rios leads off with a walk. Paiva sac bunt moves Rios to second base. Arakaki pops out to short left for the second out and Rosehill strikes out after a prolonged battle to end the inning. No runs, no hits, no errors, one left on. IOL 5, KS 3.
Note: MPI leads STL 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth at Goeas Field.
IOL: Nakakura flies out to right. Duhay hit by pitch. Campos and Fong both ground out to third to end the inning. No runs, no hits, no errors, one left on base. IOL 5, KS 3.
Note: MPI leads STL 6-2, bottom seventh.
KS: Young’s pop to short right falls when the 2B and RF miscommunicate. Young advances to second on a sac bunt by Akau. Cacal grounds out to second, Young moves to third. De Jesus a hot shot to third, fielded, bobbled and thrown to first in time to get De Jesus for the third out. No runs, one hit, no errors, one left on. IOL 5, KS 3.
Note: FINAL – MPI 6, STL 2.
IOL: Look leads off with line-drive single to center. Look advances to second on a sac bunt by Inouye. Count is 2-0 on Donahue when C Rios visits the mound. Donahue flies out to left on the next pitch for the second out. Winchester flies out to center for the third out. No runs, one hit, no errors, one left on base. IOL 5, KS 3.
KS: Yokota hit by pitch to lead off. Yakota thrown out at second on a steal attempt by C Inaba. 2B Nakakura with a great snag and tag on the short-hop throw. Rios flies to center for the second out. Paiva robbed of a single on a diving catch by LF Inouye, the third out. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left on base. IOL 5, KS 3.
IOL: Leadoff man Inaba plunked on the head on the first pitch. He advances to second on a wild pitch. On the next pitch, Nakakura homers to right. Duhay walks and Pieper visits the mound. Souza is replaced by Ulu Farm. Campos grounds into a 6-3 double play and Fong lines out to first, ending the inning. Two runs, one hit, no errors, nobody left on base. IOL 7, KS 3.
KS: Arakaki grounds out to second to start the frame. Rosehill goes down swinging on a 3-2 breaking ball. Young pops out to the C Inaba in foul ground to end the game. No runs, no hits, no errors, none left on base.
FINAL: IOLANI 7, KAMEHAMEHA 3.