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JT Navyac finds his groove to send both Saint Louis and Kamehameha to states

By Paul Honda on April 25, 2019

The Saint Louis Crusaders won’t be expecting any thank-you cards from the Kamehameha Warriors anytime soon. The Crusaders ended Mid-Pacific’s Cinderella run in the ILH playoffs on Thursday with a 9-6 win at Patsy T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. Until Thursday, the double-elimination format meant MPI’s state-tournament hopes were healthy and alive. The Owls had proven again to be ‘Iolani’s kryptonite, beating them twice during the regular season, then against on Wednesday to eliminate the Raiders from the playoffs. […]

Kaiser’s Curtis Chung toughens out start to pitch Cougars to states

By Billy Hull on April 25, 2019

The pain started to come in the second inning, but Kaiser’s Curtis Chung Jr. knew he had a job to do if he wanted to pitch in the state tournament. A year ago, Kaiser suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in eight innings to OIA West top seed Campbell in the OIA quarterfinals, but the even bigger disappointment came a day later in a 13-inning loss to Kalani in the consolation semifinals. In a 24-hour span, Kaiser went from being on […]

Mid-Pacific’s bats finally heating up in ILH tournament

By Jason Kaneshiro on April 24, 2019

In the midst of a frigid April, Mid-Pacific’s offense picked an opportune time to reignite. Following an 8-7 loss to Kamehameha in 15 innings on March 30, the Owls were shut out in their next three games, not including scoreless matchup with Pac-Five that was called in the third inning due a brush fire that threatened Central Oahu Regional Park. After being held to a total of seven hits in losses to Punahou (4-0), Saint Louis (1-0) and Kamehameha (1-0), […]


Jayden Simpliciano’s walk-off hit gives St. Francis the ILH D-II crown

By Billy Hull on April 24, 2019

Leave it to a sophomore who hadn’t swung a bat all game to end the Damien curse. The Saints’ baseball team ended three years of ILH tournament frustration with one swing of the bat by Jayden Simpliciano, whose walk-off single scored Bubba Akana with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 2-1 victory over Damien on Wednesday at Hans L’Orange Park. Simpliciano, who came on as a pinch hitter, drilled a ball over the head of […]

Noah Tory’s homer puts Saint Louis closer to ILH tournament title

By Billy Hull on April 22, 2019

Midway through the regular season, the ILH looked like a two-team race between Punahou and ‘Iolani. Two games into the ILH’s double-elimination tournament, the two teams remaining in the winner’s bracket are Kamehameha and Saint Louis. A roller coaster year in Oahu’s private league featured another roller coaster game Monday at Goeas Field as the Crusaders, who were outscored 31-12 in two regular-season losses to ‘Iolani, erased a 5-0 deficit and pulled out a 7-6 victory over the Raiders. Saint […]

OIA baseball playoffs begin Wednesday

By Billy Hull on April 22, 2019

After finishing tied for first in the OIA West at 10-2, defending league champion Mililani earned the tiebreaker over Campbell to serve as the top seed entering Wednesday’s OIA baseball playoffs. Kailua, which has won three of the last seven OIA titles, and Kaiser earned the top two seeds out of the East. Waipahu and Radford are the top two seeds and earned byes in the six-team Division II tournament that begins Thursday. The Sabers and Trojans, who are tied […]

Mililani shoots up Star-Advertiser baseball rankings

By Paul Honda on April 22, 2019

The Mililani Trojans have been a tough team for voters to figure out this season. Ranked as high as No. 5 five weeks ago, the Trojans dropped to a season-low No. 10 last week. But wins over Campbell and Pearl City moved the Trojans into a first-place tie with the Sabers at 10-2 to end the OIA West season. They are also tied in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 with 43 votes apiece to share the No. 5 […]

Kamehameha’s Kelena Sauer tosses 2-hit shutout to open ILH tournament

By Christian Shimabuku on April 20, 2019

With the way Kamehameha’s Kelena Sauer was throwing against Mid-Pacific, one run was all he needed. Beau Sylvester made sure he got it. Sylvester broke a scoreless tie with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning and Sauer worked a perfect seventh inning to complete a 1-0 shutout over the Owls (7-8) to open the ILH double-elimination tournament on Saturday at Ala Wai field. Sauer struck out five, walked one and allowed two infield hits for […]