DAY 1: HHSAA State Baseball Championships

The 2018 Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships begin today with four first-round games in Division I at Les Murakami Stadium.

Updates will follow below.

Mililani catcher Korrey Siracusa, who has signed with Cal State Fullerton, was featured in today’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser which you can read here. The OIA champion Trojans open the tournament Wednesday against the ‘Iolani/Kalani winner.

GAME 1: Campbell 3, KS-Maui 0
Long layoff no problem for Silva, Sabers
GAME 2: Kailua 3, Leilehua 0
Ballesteros shuts down Leilehua
GAME 3: ‘Iolani 11, Kalani 1 (6)
Raiders off to a perfect start
GAME 4: Punahou 6, Pearl City 2
Kurasaki carries Punahou past Pearl City

Punahou 6, Pearl City 2

at Les Murakami Stadium
Punahou (14-6) 001 010 4 — 6 8 0
Pearl City (9-7) 011 000 0 — 2 6 2
Kahi Bisho, Matt McConnell (5), Kyson Donahue (7) and Ryan Nishi. Cade Halemanu, Alika Almaraz and Joey Casarez, Christian Pacrem (3). WP—McConnell. LP—Almaraz.
Leading hitters—Pun: Aja Kurasaki 3-3, 2b, 3b, run, 2 RBIs; Kalae Harrison 1-1, bb, 3b, 2 runs, RBI; Kirk Terada-Herzer 2 runs. PC: Pacrem 2-2, run, RBI; Jensen Kaya 2-2, bb.

BOT 7: Punahou pulls Matt McConnell in the seventh after 33 pitches, so he is available for tomorrow. Kyson Donahue in to pitch after Jensen Kaya (2-for-3) reaches on an infield single. Chargers leave runners at first and second.

TOP 7: An error at first is followed by an RBI triple by Kalae Harrison and Punahou has its first lead. Asa Kurasaki follows with an RBI triple to make it 4-2. Kurasaki a home run shy of the cycle. Ola Aina with a single to score Kurasaki and that’s it for Cade Halemanu, who goes six innings for Pearl City. Aina scores on a sacrifice fly as Punahou scores four in the inning.

BOT 6: Christian Pacrem singles to lead off and the go-ahead run is at first. Chargers drop a bunt but pitcher Matt McConnell goes to second to get the lead runner. A strike out, caught stealing double play ends the sixth.

BOT 5: Matt McConnell on in relief.

Final line for Bisho: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K. 98 pitches

TOP 5: Kirk Terada-Herzer with teh leadoff single and he immediately steals second. Asa Kurasaki with the one-out RBI single to tie the game.

BOT 3: Carter Hirano is hit by a pitch as the Chargers get the leadoff guy on for the third straight inning. Hirano steals second and scores on Christian Pacrem‘s RBI single to right.

TOP 3: Kalae Harrison works a leadoff walk and takes third on a double by Aja Kurasaki. Buffanblu try a squeeze bunt with one out but it’s a wild pitch and Harrison scores to tie it up. Catcher Joey Casarez hurts himself on the play and tries to stay in but he is hurt the next pitch and has to take himself out. Christian Pacrem moves to catcher.

BOT 2: Bisho walks his third batter to lead off the inning and a wild pitch moves Christian Pacrem to third. RBI groundout by Caleb Young puts the Chargers ahead 1-0. Two-out singles by Shawn Iwane and Jensen Kaya and a walk to Matt Aribal loads the bases. Bisho with the strikeout to leave the bases loaded.

BOT 1: First two Chargers work walks. Tight strike zone it looks like. Chargers pop out to the catcher on a two-strike bunt attempt and then the runner at second is picked off trying to steal third. Bisho then gets the swinging strikeout to escape unscathed.

Punahou: Kahi Bisho
‘Iolani: Cade Halemanu

‘Iolani 11, Kalani 1

at Les Murakami Stadium
Kalani (11-5) 000 010 — 1 1 8
‘Iolani (15-5-1) 102 602 — 11 9 0
Riece Myers, Jarod Kaneshiro (4), Pablo Ruelas (6) and Chad Kagawa. Trevor Ichimura, Brandon Yamane (5), Aaron Wehrman (6) and Micah Yonamine.
Leading hitters—Kaln: Noah Nakasone 2b, RBI. ‘Iol: Shaydon Kubo 2 runs; Micah Yonamine 3-3, 2b, RBI; Kyler Mento 2 runs; Cade Yonamine 2b, RBI; Jordan Hara 2 runs.

Game ends on Kalani’s eighth error, a dropped fly ball in right, that allowed two runs to score.

TOP 5: Perfect game gone on a hit batter and the no-hitter and shutout are gone the next pitch as Noah Nakasone doubles to the wall in right to score Duke Knott.

Brandon Yamane in for Ichimura, who throws four perfect innings but is out after just 46 pitches. Ichimura will be eligible to pitch Thursday.

BOT 4: Sixth error by Kalani is on the pitcher throwing to first on a bunt. Ball gets away allowing Rayden Kaneshiro to score. Shaydon Kubo with an RBI single up the middle and it’s 5-0. Matt Inaba with a sacrifice fly to bring in Jordan Hara. 6-0. Falcons drop a fly ball in center that would have been the third out for the seventh error. Two runs score. Cade Yonamine adds an RBI double and it’s 9-0.

‘Iolani pitcher Trevor Ichimura is perfect through 4 IP.

BOT 3: Kalani with four errors in the bottom of the third. RBI single by Micah Yonamine makes it 3-0 ‘Iolani.

BOT 1: Micah Yonamine with a two-out single to left and the ball gets past the left fielder for a two-base error. Shane Sasaki then with an infield single up the middle and it’s 1-0 Raiders.

Kalani: Riece Myers
‘Iolani: Trevor Ichimura

Kailua 3, Leilehua 0

at Les Murakami Stadium
Leilehua (10-8) 000 000 0 — 0 2 1
Kailua (13-3) 000 300 x — 3 6 2
Ty Yukumoto, Jerin Po’opa’a-Adaro (4) and Jaxon Hotta. Bryson Ballesteros and Kalua Neves. W—Ballesteros. L—Yukumoto.
Leading hitters—Kailua: Matthew Kaleiohi 2-3.

TOP 7: Mason Yamashiro draws a four-pitch leadoff walk. Ballesteros comes back with a strikeout and a double play to end it. Two-hit shutout for Ballesteros with six K’s.

TOP 6: Zayvan Agbulos leads off with a single and Christian Ontai works a walk to bring the tying run to the plate with nobody out. Leilehua tries a two-strike bunt and it goes foul for a strikeout. Fourth K for Ballesteros who then gets a groundout to end it on pitch No. 84.

BOT 4: A leadoff walk and an error by the right fielder sets up the Surfriders, who score first on a sharp single to left by Dakota Kadooka. With two outs and the bases loaded, the Mules bring in shortstop Jerin Po’opa’a-Adaro to pitch. Stone Parker purposely gets in a rundown at first and by the time the Mules get him out, two runs score. 3-0.

TOP 3: Kaika Cordero reaches first on an error by the third baseman and takes second on an errant pick-off throw. Mules bunt him to third but he’s stranded as Ballesteros gets a groundout and a fly out.

BOT 2: Kailua’s Dylan Kurahashi Choy Foo gets the first hit of the game on a one-out single but is stranded at second.

Leilehua: Ty Yukumoto
Kailua: Bryson Ballesteros


Campbell 3, KS-Maui 0

at Les Murakami Stadium
KS-Maui (10-5) 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Campbell (14-2) 110 100 x — 3 6 0
Tristan Catan and Ross Panlasigui. Ayzek Silva and Dylan Ramon. W—Silva. L—Catan.
Leading hitters—KSM: Nate Facuri 2-3. Camp: Shayden Sabangan 1-1, 3b, 2 runs.

Ayzek Silva CG, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 K (78 pitches). Sabers are 6-0 in first game of states in last six years. Advance to play Waiakea tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Ayzek Silva at 65 pitches through six clean innings.

BOT 4: Shayden Sabangan triples off the glove of William Thompson in right, who nearly makes a great catch. Sabangan scores on sac fly by Dylan Ramon to make it 3-0 Sabers.

BOT 2: Ikaika Ganancial with a two-out RBI single to right to score Shayden Sabangan. Five hits in first two innings for Sabers.

BOT 1: Sabers string together three straight two-out hits. Nick Sampson scores on Ansley Isaacs-Acosta‘s infield single to first. First baseman went to field the chopper and pitcher couldn’t cover in time at the bag.

Tristan Catan, KS-Maui
Ayzek Silva, Campbell

Game has been pushed back 30 minutes. UH baseball decided to hold practice this morning. About seven players total showed up due to finals.


KS-Maui (10-4) vs. Campbell (13-2), 10:30 a.m.
Winner plays No. 3 seed Waiakea
Tournament history (Winners bracket only)
KS-Maui: Fourth appearance, 1-3 (.250); KS-Maui’s lone win came in the opening round in 2007 (5-2 vs. Kalani)
Campbell: 12th appearance, 16-10 (.615); 2 state titles (1978, 2015)
The first game of the tournament features two teams ranked in the top nine in the state by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The Warriors, making their fourth appearance at states and first since 2011, finished second to Baldwin and handed the Bears their only loss in the MIL, 2-1. Baldwin won two of three in the series but only outscored KS-Maui 5-3. The Sabers are in the state tournament for the sixth straight season and are 5-0 in their first game during that run.

Leilehua (10-7) vs. Kailua (12-3), 1 p.m.
Winner plays No. 2 seed Mid-Pacific
Tournament history (Winners bracket only)
Leilehua: Eighth appearance, 5-6 (.455).
Kailua: 28th appearance, 30-23 (.570); 4 state tiles (1965, 1967, 1969, 2001)
The Mules defeated Hilo 4-3 today in the play-in game to get into the state tournament for the first time since 2013. Leilehua won its only state baseball title in 1962. The OIA runner-up Surfriders have the longest active streak of state tournament appearances at 14. Kailua’s only state title under Corey Ishigo came in 2001.

‘Iolani (14-5-1) vs. Kalani (11-4), 4 p.m.
Winner plays No. 4 seed Mililani
Tournament history (Winners bracket only)
Kalani: Ninth appearance, 5-7 (.417); One state title (1970).
‘Iolani: 21st appearance, 39-12 (.765); 8 state titles (1971, 1975, 1977, 1983, 1986, 1996-1998).
The Falcons have lost their last five opening-round games in the state tournament. In fact, Kalani’s last win in the first round came in 1986 against Waiakea. ‘Iolani’s 39 wins in the state tournament are second only to Punahou despite the Raiders making the tourney for the first time since 2013 and just the third time since 2000. ‘Iolani is the highest ranked team in the state to play in the first round at No. 3.

Punahou (13-6) vs. Pearl City (9-6), 7 p.m.
Winner plays No. 1 seed Baldwin
Tournament history (Winners bracket only)
Punahou: 26th appearance, 55-12 (.821); 13 state titles (1961, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1972, 1989, 2004-2010).
Pearl City: 24th appearance, 21-22 (.488); 1 state title (2011).
The Buffanblu are in the state tournament for the second time since 2012. The Chargers’ last appearance in the state tournament was in 2016 when they won three games to get to the final before losing to Baldwin. Punahou is 5-0 against Pearl City in the state tournament and outscored the Chargers 38-7 in those games. The Buffanblu have lost both opening-round games in the state tournament since its run of seven straight state titles ended in 2010.

Division I

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 8KS-Maui vs. CampbellCamp, 3-0Les Murakami Stadium
2May 8Kailua vs. LeilehuaKail, 3-0Les Murakami Stadium
3May 8'Iolani vs. KalaniIol, 11-1 (6)Les Murakami Stadium
4May 8Pearl City vs. PunahouPun, 6-2Les Murakami Stadium
5*May 9KS-Maui vs. LeilehuaTie, 6-6Hans L'Orange Park
6May 9(3) Waiakea vs. CampbellWaik, 6-2Les Murakami Stadium
7May 9(4) Mililani vs. 'IolaniIol, 12-8Les Murakami Stadium
8May 9(1) Baldwin vs. PunahouBald, 8-7Les Murakami Stadium
9May 9(2) Mid-Pacific vs. KailuaKail, 6-1Les Murakami Stadium
10*May 10Kalani vs. Pearl CItyKaln, 9-5Hans L'Orange Park
11*May 10Mililani vs. PunahouMil, 5-4Hans L'Orange Park
12*May 10Campbell vs. Mid-PacificCamp, 4-2Hans L'Orange Park
13May 10Waiakea vs. KailuaWaik, 5-0Les Murakami Stadium
14May 10'Iolani vs. BaldwinBald, 9-4Les Murakami Stadium
15*May 11Leilehua vs. KalaniKaln, 2-1Hans L'Orange Park
16*May 11Mililani vs. CampbellMil, 2-1Hans L'Orange Park
17*May 11'Iolani vs. KailuaIol, 8-1Les Murakami Stadium
18May 11Baldwin vs. WaiakeaBald, 14-4 (5)Les Murakami Stadium
* — consolation

Division II

Game #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 9(4) Molokai vs. FarringtonFar, 12-8Hans L'Orange Park
2May 9(3) Kapaa vs. WaianaeKapa, 9-3Hans L'Orange Park
3May 9(1) Damien vs. KonawaenaDMS, 11-1 (5)Hans L'Orange Park
4May 9(2) KS-Hawaii vs. RadfordRad, 6-4Hans L'Orange Park
5*May 10Konawaena vs. MolokaiKona, 6-1Hans L'Orange Park
6*May 10KS-Hawaii vs. WaianaeKSH, 7-3Hans L'Orange Park
7May 10Damien vs. FarringtonDMS, 8-3Les Murakami Stadium
8May 10Radford vs. KapaaRad, 3-2 (8)Les Murakami Stadium
9*May 11Konawaena vs. KS-HawaiiKSH, 7-3Les Murakami Stadium
10*May 11Farrington vs. KapaaKap, 7-6Les Murakami Stadium
11May 11Damien vs. RadfordDMS, 12-0 (5)Les Murakami Stadium
* — consolation


  1. aaaaa May 8, 2018 1:02 pm

    Is Kailua looking ahead by not starting Stone Parker today??

  2. ILH May 8, 2018 1:59 pm

    Maybe, they have just as much confidence in who they started today??

  3. Falcon Future May 8, 2018 3:02 pm

    LOL, somebody haven’t been following Kailua this year. Bryson is money. He don’t throw as hard as Stone, but might be more consistent and reliable.

  4. AOK May 8, 2018 10:21 pm

    Stone vs MPI yyeeeeeehhhh

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