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Lovey leadership: Young Leilehua Mules pack in games, exhibitions

By Paul Honda on May 4, 2021

The present is a gift for the Leilehua Mules, who are making the most of it with their young softball squad. The Mules are 2-1-1 in the rugged Oahu Interscholastic Association West Division. On Friday night, Leilehua meets West co-leader Campbell in a classic matchup. The shortened season — no playoffs, no state tournament — means coach Wendell Au has been busy scheduling exhibition games, too. In addition to their four OIA West games, Leilehua has played Moanalua and Kaiser […]

Hustle and grit carry Pearl City in comeback win over Kapolei

By Paul Honda on May 1, 2021

The lines are the same, but nothing else is. The same theme seems to repeat at OIA softball games, but for seven innings, the Pearl City chargers refused to yield. They competed until, literally, their final out in a 4-3 comeback win over Kapolei on Friday. Lainey Honma’s speed and hustle turned a ground ball into an infield single, allowing the visiting Chargers to score the tying run in the top of the seventh. Two crucial errors in the inning […]

Big rally lifts ‘Iolani in wild 18-17 win over Maryknoll

By Paul Honda on April 27, 2021

The history of ball games under the doom of darkness at Ala Wai Field has belonged to baseball teams from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Few, if any, ever resulted in 35 runs, 29 hits and an eight-run rally to take the lead before sundown. In 4.5 innings over a span of 2 hours, 32 minutes. On Monday, softball powerhouses ‘Iolani and Maryknoll went blow for blow on the Raiders’ adopted softball field — known as “Ala Wai 2” on […]

Influx of freshmen making big difference for Moanalua softball

By Paul Honda on April 23, 2021

They are ready to rumble for years to come. Na Menehune of Moanalua have nine freshmen on their softball roster this spring. The lone returnees are junior Shyrie Santella-Delima and sophomore Tori Villarmia. Coach Gordon Fernandez has high hopes for what may be the youngest varsity team in OIA softball. “I expect a lot of my freshman to make immediate impacts while learning on the fly,” he said. “Marley Espiau, Maila Taga, Eva Kameoka, Kamryn Miyataki, Kayla Mashino, Taryn Kimura, […]

Travel quarantine violation, forfeit ends Maryknoll’s unbeaten run

By Paul Honda on April 21, 2021

Strike one win off the Maryknoll softball team’s ledger of victories. The Interscholastic League of Honolulu has ruled that Maryknoll’s 12-0 TKO win over ‘Iolani on Apr. 14 — exactly one week ago — is now a forfeiture. It goes in the books as a 2-0 loss. The ruling involves pitcher Ua Nakoa-Chung, who had returned from a showcase tournament in Las Vegas on Apr. 12, a Monday. She then played two days later against ‘Iolani after getting clearance from […]

Allie Capello’s return is a game changer for ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on April 21, 2021

Just like that, the gauntlet is back in full operation. The return of three starters, including junior Allie Capello, lifted ‘Iolani to a 13-7 win over Kamehameha on Monday. The jolt into the Interscholastic League of Honolulu softball standings is measurable. Kamehameha was unbeaten before the weekend, and has since lost to Maryknoll and ‘Iolani. Though Maryknoll (5-0) has a vice grip on first place, the Raiders have regained momentum. The missing starters were out for roughly two weeks. Part […]

Campbell ace Taryn Irimata hurls perfect game against Kapolei Charter

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2021

Perfection is spelled S-A-B-E-R-S. It can also be spelled I-R-I-M-A-T-A. Campbell sophomore Taryn Irimata fired a perfect game on Tuesday as the Sabers overwhelmed Kapolei Charter 10-0 in six innings to launch the OIA regular season. Irimata’s mastery of four pitches — fastball, screwball, curve and riser — kept the visitors off balance. She let her defense work, too. The Sabers were flawless, finishing without an error. The one KC batter who managed to get to a three-ball count on […]

Two years after OIA D-II title, Waialua on quest for success

By Paul Honda on April 20, 2021

Historic Waialua is home to some of Oahu’s rooted history in the sugar industry. Waialua High School, though, has made history of its own in the past decade with its softball program. The Lady Bulldogs won the OIA Division II crown in 2019 and reached the state semifinals after a 12-6 win over Honokaa. Wailua lost to Kohala, 6-5, but looked forward to a prosperous ’20 season. The COVID-19 pandemic led to the cancellation of the ’20 spring sports season. […]