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ON THIS DATE: Punahou prepares for 1917 baseball season

By Jerry Campany on April 2, 2020

On this date in 1917, Godfrey Bergman‘s Punahou baseball team assembled during the start of Easter break with a captain already named. Pitcher Ernest “Sleepy” Baldwin, who went on to play at Hawaii and Oregon, was bestowed the honor the previous year in anticipation of taking the title from Saint Louis. It didn’t happen, though, as the Crusaders won the ILH. The season was cut short when weather left too many games left before Kamehameha’s commencement in June.

ON THIS DATE: Farrington knots up OIA East baseball race

By Jerry Campany on April 1, 2020

On this date in 1972, the OIA East baseball race was thrown into chaos when Calvin Shiroma, Kerry Kiyabu and Gordon Costa helped Farrington beat Kailua. The result put the Governors in a tie with the Surfriders and Kaimuki with Kalani just a half game back due to an earlier tie. The Bulldogs ended up winning the race in a playoff over Kailua behind pitcher Clyde Hayashida. Farrington finished just a game back. Aiea went on to win the first […]

ON THIS DATE: LLWS heroes propel Saint Louis

By Jerry Campany on April 1, 2020

On this date in 2011, Little League World Series heroes Kaeo Aliviado and Iolana Akau helped Saint Louis over Mid-Pacific in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2 on the Owls field. Saint Louis ended up winning the ILH and both schools lost their first games at states. They were supposed to finish with a matchup against each other for fifth place but the game was canceled due to rain. Click the image to zoom.


ON THIS DATE: Pearl City baseball team stays perfect

By Jerry Campany on March 30, 2020

The only bad thing about a long winning streak is that it is bound to end sometime. On this date in 1991, the Pearl City baseball team overcame a three-run deficit to beat Mililani 6-3 to win the OIA West with a perfect 10-0 record.  Brent Furuyama won his fourth game of the season by allowing seven hits with five walks and six strikeouts. Chad Oshiro and Chance Sing Chow paired hits and John Aiken drove in two runs, one of them […]

ON THIS DATE: Arthur Oshita helps Kaimuki to big lead in OIA East

By Jerry Campany on March 29, 2020

As a rare four-year starting pitcher, Kaimuki’s Arthur Oshita was denied his chance to win an OIA or state championship as a senior. On this day in 1975, Oshita appeared to be well on his way with a 3-2 win over Kalani. The victory moved the Bulldogs two full games ahead of the field in the OIA East with a 9-1 record.  Oshita allowed six hits in the complete game, striking out eight Falcons and only walking one. His defense committed […]

ON THIS DATE: Frank Manalili puts clamps on Ka’u

By Jerry Campany on March 26, 2020

It appears coaches on the Big Island were ahead of their time as far as analytics go. On this day in 1963, St. Joseph pitcher Frank Manalili limited Ka’u to a single hit in a 7-2 victory. It was one of three wins for the senior, against four losses, but he was still judged the best right-handed pitcher at the end of the season. In the pivotal South Division of the BIIF, Manalili helped deal the Cowboys their first loss, […]

ON THIS DATE: Kamehameha beats McKinley in 25 innings

By Jerry Campany on March 25, 2020

Perhaps nobody told McKinley’s Martin Borja that baseball games are not supposed to go 25 innings. On this date in 1967, Kamehameha beat McKinley 9-7 in 25 innings at Honolulu Stadium. Borja pitched 24 2/3 innings in the six hour, 12-minute affair only to lose. He faced more than 100 batters in the game, allowing 14 hits and walking 11. McKinley committed 10 errors, so Borja allowed only four earned runs in his 25 2/3 innings. The effort is still […]

ON THIS DATE: Nathan Aipa leads Iolani to upset of Saint Louis

By Jerry Campany on March 23, 2020

From its inception in 1909 to the present day, every game during the ILH baseball season seems to matter.  Iolani’s Nathan Aipa struggled on the mound but made up for it with his bat as the Raiders knocked Saint Louis from the unbeaten ranks on this date in 1972. Aipa went the opposite way for a single to score Howard Araki and Dean Okimoto in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Raiders upset Saint Louis 9-8 at ‘Iolani’s […]