St. Francis 10, KS-Hawaii 0, final (5 innings)
The Saints capture their first state championship in softball with a dominant performance. Sierra Kupihea hurls a two-hitter with three strikeouts and two walks. The Saints win the Division II crown with the biggest margin of victory in the final since Waimea topped Nanakuli 12-4 in 2012.
The Warriors get a walk by Baptiste and a two-out single by Kuulei Ili, but Kupihea gets Kawehi Ili to fly out and it’s over.
Ah Yat is hit by pitch and after a single by Kalani, Matsumura brings Ah Yat home with a groundout. ST. FRANCIS 10, KS-HAWAII 0.
The Warriors go 1-2-3 and that’s 10 in a row retired by Kupihea.
Another KSH error, their fourth of the game, sets the Saints up again. Keliinoi is hit by pitch — the third of the game by Baptiste — and Mahelona singles to left, scoring Kalani. KSH LF Jessica Cameros saves further damage, leaping at the fence to steal a home run by Ofoia. After walking Kealoha, Baptiste gets Perreira on a forceout to end the frame. ST. FRANCIS 9, KS-HAWAII 0.
Again, Kupihea sets the Warriors down in order. That’s seven batters retired in a row.
The Saints tack on two more runs, benefitting from two hit batters and an error. Skye Ah Yat’s two-run single down the left-field line scores Mahelona and Ofoia. ST. FRANCIS 8, KS-HAWAII 0.
The Warriors go 1-2-3 in the top half of the second against Kupihea: pop-up, fly out, strikeout.
Saints are extremely opportunistic from the start. With one out, Ka‘ena Keliinoi reaches base on a throwing error by SS Kawehi Ili. Kailee Mahelona then yanks an 0-2 pitch from Taylor Sullivan for a two-run homer to left. That. Was. Quick. It doesn’t end there. Sullivan walks Sammie Ofoia, the clean-up hitter, on four pitches, and walks Kolbee Kealoha on five tosses. Kamaile Perreira comes up clutch again, drilling a triple to the corner in right, scoring Ofoia and Kealoha for a 4-0 lead. Brooke Baptiste replaces Sullivan on the mound. Perreira later scored on a groundout by Jordyn Lono and Ah Yat, who walked, came home on a single by Kaitlyn Kalani. ST. FRANCIS 6, KS-HAWAII 0.
Huge opportunity for the visiting Warriors, who get a one-out walk from Kawehi Ili, a single by Dioni Lincoln and a sac bunt-turned-fielder’s choice for Jessica Cameros — Ili was safe at third on the tag attempt — to load the bases. But St. Francis pitcher Sierra Kupihea retired Leiloa Bustamante (strikeout) and Taylor Sullivan (fly out) to end the threat.
The game is underway between unseeded St. Francis and No. 2 seed Kamehameha-Hawaii. The Saints are ranked No. 4 in the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 rankings, tied with Punahou, but aren’t seeded in the state tourney because the ILH has only two D-II programs in softball. BIIF D-II champ KS-Hawaii is 20-3 entering the game. St. Francis is 12-3.