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Mililani’s Joie Baker strikes out 11, smacks HR in New City Nissan Classic finals win

By Paul Honda on June 14, 2021

Off the field, Joie Baker sometimes fidgets. The lens of a camera can do that to a lot of high school students. On the mound, it’s a different Joie Baker. The senior struck out 11 and walked just one as Team LEAF rallied past Team Rogue, 10-5, to win the 15th Annual New City Nissan Softball Classic on Sunday night. The all-senior, two-day tournament featured 60 players representing all 30 softball programs on Oahu on the pristine diamond of Tiger […]

15th Annual New City Nissan Classic begins Saturday

By Paul Honda on June 11, 2021

The 15th Annual New City Nissan Softball Classic begins on Saturday and concludes with the championship game on Sunday evening at Tiger Softball Stadium. New City 2021 Cover New City 2021 Rosters No spectators will be allowed. The event began at a time when softball was not quite as prominent as it is now on the high school level. Now, the likes of Jocelyn Alo, the former Campbell slugger, are bashing home runs and making plays for elite college teams […]

Maryknoll seniors bask in championship glow after 11-1 win over ‘Iolani

By Paul Honda on May 13, 2021

It took awhile, maybe 30 minutes after the final out, but the Maryknoll Spartans finally gave coach John Uekawa a Gatorade shower. Maryknoll’s 11-1, five-inning win over ‘Iolani on Wednesday night made it three softball crowns in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu. Long after the media interviews and post-game team meeting, the Spartans were to themselves in Tiger Softball Stadium, preparing to leave. Then, two of them got ahold of the Gatorade jug. Uekawa never had a chance. The warm […]

Timely hitting, power surge push Pearl City in win at Leilehua

By Paul Honda on May 12, 2021

The freshman provided the spark and the seniors added the power. Freshman Mya Grado and seniors Tiari Hernandez, Julia Oshiro and Jewel Larson homered as Pearl City remained unbeaten with a 14-4 win over Leilehua on Tuesday. Grado went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. Pearl City was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position through the first four innings. After that, the Chargers were 5-for-9 with runners in scoring […]

‘Iolani’s cardiac kids rally for ILH semifinal win over Kamehameha

By Paul Honda on May 9, 2021

Mother’s Day is a wee bit happier than usual this year in the Agbayani household. In every ‘Iolani softball household. Dad saw his struggling team rise up to the league championship game. Daughter No. 2 was the epitome of guts and perseverance in ‘Iolani’s 7-6 comeback win over Kamehameha. After Ailana Agbayani hurled six innings in relief, dad Benny Agbayani’s Raiders are in the ILH championship game. Ailana Agbayani curtailed a Kamehameha squad that looked every bit a Goliath, striking […]

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 […]