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APRIL 15, 2019: Punahou clinches state berth in softball

By Jerry Campany on April 15, 2020

On this day a year ago, D’Asha Saiki doubled and scored in the eighth inning to earn Punahou an 8-7 victory over Iolani and its second straight state berth. The Buffanblu went on to win the ILH but fell short of the state title with a 12-4 thumping by Leilehua in the semifinals. Iolani picked things up for the ILH, though, beating the Mules 17-2 in the state final. The Raiders scored 50 runs in four games.

APRIL 3, 2013: Jaci Young beats Kama Dung in battle of elites

By Jerry Campany on March 31, 2020

On this date in 2013, The Punahou softball team went to the small ball to beat Kama Dung and Kamehameha. Heaven Wong and Sara Sumida reached on infield singles and Thalen Masada reached on an error before Kylie Popovitch squeezed in the go-ahead run in the fifth. Jaci Young made the lead hold up with a complete game from the circle. It was the second time that season elite pitchers Jaci Young of Punahou and Kamehameha’s Kamalani Dung opposed each […]

OIA West rivals Campbell and Mililani share final No. 1 ranking if season is indeed over

By Paul Honda on March 16, 2020

One of the most intriguing softball seasons in Hawaii history was cut short, perhaps just temporarily, but may have ended with two powerhouses from the OIA West sharing the throne. What’s new? Campbell and Mililani finished in a tie for first place in Monday’s Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. Campbell (9-3, 2-1) blanked dangerous Kapolei Charter last week, 4-0, and collected three of the 10 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media. Mililani (7-2-1, 2-0) blanked then-No. 2 Kapolei, […]

Kamehameha opens at No. 1 in Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10

By Paul Honda on March 9, 2020

The 2020 softball season may turn out to have the most parity of any in Hawaii high school history. It begins with Kamehameha at the top of the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. Kamehameha (5-0, 2-0 ILH) collected six of 10 first-place votes to establish a comfortable lead over OIA West powerhouse Kapolei. The Hurricanes are coming off a 2-1, 11-inning thriller over rival Campbell at McKinley Stadium on Saturday. No. 2 Kapolei (5-2, 2-0 OIA West) collected two first-place votes. […]

Waianae’s Alohilani Napalapalai strikes out 17 batters in home win

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2020

Some pitchers are so locked in, they have no time to think about esoteric things like how many strikeouts they had. Just getting outs is all that matters. That’s why Waianae junior Alohilani Napalapalai said “nine” when asked how many strikeouts she thought she had after Saturday’s 4-3 home win over Kapolei Charter. Try again. “Ten?” she guessed. Obviously, art is more important to her — such as how she painted the corners — than the math of the 17 strikeouts […]

Kapolei Charter School makes eventful first appearance in OIA varsity softball

By Nick Abramo on March 7, 2020

Kapolei Charter School made a bit of history Saturday, playing its first OIA varsity softball game. And for two reasons at both ends of the spectrum, it was a memorable game for the school that opened three years ago. First, the ‘Iwa (Hawaiian frigate bird) held a late lead in the game at Waianae. Second, despite a solid effort, 17 Kapolei Charter girls went down swinging against the hot pitching of Waianae’s Alohilani Napalapalai in a 4-3 loss. Had it […]

Keila Kamoku powers Kamehameha over Punahou

By Paul Honda on March 4, 2020

The last time Keila Kamoku hit a ball this far, she was a seventh grader playing Little League baseball. She was a shortstop for the Kapolei All-Stars back then. “I remember one time, I was at a baseball state tournament in Hilo and I just had that same feeling as I have right now. We were losing by one or two runs. There’s two runners on base and I just swung, and it cleared the fence all the way on […]

Freshman ace Taryn Irimata the real deal as Campbell TKO’s Waianae to open the OIA season

By Paul Honda on March 3, 2020

Chloe Sales knows how much a pitcher means to a title-contending team. The former starting pitcher now plays first base. The Campbell senior got a good look at new teammate Taryn Irimata and other freshmen in preseason. Irimata has been on fire since day one, and she kept that momentum going with a 13-3 TKO win over Waianae in the OIA regular-season opener for both teams on Tuesday afternoon. The Sabers are now 10-4 overall with wins over an impressive […]