DAY 3: Punahou/Leilehua, ‘Iolani/Baldwin in state softball semis

Teams like Punahou have been celebrating home runs all tournament long with 27 hit in eight games, blowing away the previous state-tournament record. Photo by Andrew Lee/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

After a wild quarterfinal round, only No. 2 seed Punahou remains of the four league champions in the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships in Division I.

The Buffanblu and Leilehua meet in a rematch of last year’s state final in the first game, followed by MIL runner-up Baldwin and ILH runner-up ‘Iolani.

The offenses have dominated the tournament with a record 27 homers already having been hit in the first two rounds.

The one exception is Baldwin junior Aliya Harmon, who has allowed just two runs in complete-game wins over both Maryknoll and previously undefeated Campbell, the top-seeded OIA champion who has won three of the last four state titles.

The Bears are in the semifinals for the first time since 2009 and looking for their first finals appearance since winning it all in 2007.

Friday’s schedule
>> Leilehua 12, Punahou 4
>> ‘Iolani 11, Baldwin 8


‘Iolani 11, Baldwin 8

at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Baldwin (11-7) 101 140 1 — 8 12 4
‘Iolani (18-5) 420 311 x — 11 15 2
WP—Aleia Agbayani. LP—Aliya Harmon. SV—Ailana Agbayani.
Leading hitters—Bald: LB Kahahawai-Kekona 3-5, 2b, 2 runs, RBI; Saree-Ann Kekahuna 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kayla Tuaoa 2-4, run; Siena DeCambra 2 runs; Lia Castillo 3-4, 2 HR’s, 5 RBIs. Iol: Ailana Agbayani 3-5, run; Aleia Agbayani 2-4, 2b, 4 runs; Allie Capello HR, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; Kai Barrett 2-4, 2b, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Kalena Markham 3-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Rylie Wada 2-3.

Castillo adds her second blast of the game with two outs in the seventh but that’s it. ‘Iolani into the final for first time since 2000.

BOT 5: Aleia Agbayani doubles with one out and scores on a sacrifice fly to make it 10-7. Agbayani with four runs scored in the game.

TOP 5: WE GOT A BALLGAME. The first four batters reach base with Dallas Castillo pulling a pitch over the fence in right-center for a grand slam. Third salami in the tournament. 9-7 is the lead now. ‘Iolani will make a pitching change bringing in Ailana Agbayani for her sister, Aleia.

BOT 4: A two-run homer by freshman Allie Capello and Barrett doubles and scores on a grounder to make it 9-3.

The Bears closed to 6-3 in the top of the fourth inning and had the bases loaded with one out for catcher Saree-Ann Kekahuna, who had homered twice in the tournament already. Aleia Agbayani, starting her second game for the Raiders, got Kekahuna to hit into a fielder’s choice at the plate and then a pop out to leave the bases loaded.

BOT 2: Kalena Markham with a two-out, two-run double over the head of the rightfielder and it’s 6-1 Raiders. Baldwin brought in Kacey Sakamoto to pitch to start the inning.

BOT 1: Kai Barrett with a two-run single to put ‘Iolani ahead 2-1. Barrett scores on an RBI groundout by Tori Maeda and the Raiders have already scored more runs off Aliya Harmon than Harmon had given up in complete game wins over Maryknoll and Campbell. A dropped ball in center allows another ‘Iolani run to score. Second error in the inning by Baldwin, who looks a little rattled early.

TOP 1: LB Kahahawai-Kekona drills the first pitch of the game to center for a single and gets to third after the ball gets past the centerfielder. Saree-Ann Kekahuna with an infield single off the glove of pitcher Aleia Agbayani to drive in the first run.

Leilehua 12, Punahou 4

at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
Punahou (17-4) 020 101 0 — 4 9 2
Leilehua (12-6) 820 200 x — 12 13 1
WP—Alyssa Abe. LP—Ashanti Martinez.
Leading hitters—Pun: Maya Matsubara 2-4, run, 2 RBIs; D’Asha Saiki 2-4, RBI; Tiani Wayton 2 runs. Lei: Gianna Araki 2-4, HR; Kiana Domingo 1-1, 3 runs; Alana Jarra-Parker 1-3, 3-run HR; Lovey Kepaa 2-3, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Torie Au 3-4, run; Kawena Kahana-Travis 2-4, GS, 5 RBIs.

>> Mules are back in the state final to defend their title.

TOP 6: Saiki with an RBI single to make it 12-4 but two deep fly balls by Punahou are caught short of the wall.

BOT 4: Leilehua adds a run on Alyssa Abe‘s sacrifice fly to center to score Kiana Domingo, who led off with a base hit. Kahana-Travis drives in her fourth run of the game on a single to left to make it 12-3.

TOP 4: Bri Alejo, who took over on the mound with two outs in the first inning, helps herself at the plate with a two-out RBI single to right. 10-3 and runners on the corners for D’Asha Saiki. Saiki up 3-1 in the count but flies out to left. Big out for Leilehua.

BOT 2: The Mules have hit for the cycle in home runs by the second inning. A two-run shot by Lovey Kepaa makes it 10-2 and gives the Mules a solo, two-run, three-run and grand-slam home run already.

TOP 2: After opening the game with a base hit before getting stranded at third, Punahou’s Maya Matsubara puts the Buffanblu on the board with a two-out, two-run single to left. Punahou had been 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position prior to Matsubara’s second hit.

BOT 1: Cleanup hitter Alana Jarra-Parker gets the night started with a three-run homer to right-center. Second straight game with a homer for Jarra-Parker, who had six RBIs in the win over Lahainaluna in the quarterfinals. Senior Kawena Kahana-Travis, who hadn’t homered all season, did so in her last two at-bats on Thursday and just drilled a grand slam out to left. Now a solo homer by Gianna Araki and it’s 8-0. The Mules have scored 22 runs in the first inning in this tournament (three games). Leilehua has batted around in the order four times in its last eight innings.

Starting pitchers
Punahou: Ashanti Martinez
Leilehua: Alyssa Abe


Leilehua Mules (11-6)
Coach: Wendell Au
OIA second place
19th state appearance
Record (winners bracket only): 26-17
State titles: 2018

Leilehua wins
Sheary Kahana, 6
Alyssa Abe, 3
Taezha Ann Cordero, 3
Kehau Kahana, 2
Kamryn Kamakaiwi, 2
Hela Kelii, 2
Megan Tupinio, 2

Leilehua home runs
Gianna Araki, 2
Kawena Kahana-Travis, 2
Jacelynn Kepaa, 2
Krystin Kubo, 2
Kyla Larson, 2
Kaena Nistal, 2
Pikake Nutter-Gaudinet, 2
Brandi Leong, 1
Etta Moiha, 1
Reilynn Nahulu, 1
Kamryn Kamakaiwi, 1
Alyssa Asuncion, 1
Mahealani Calizo, 1
Alyssa Abe, 1
Taezha Ann Cordero, 1
Alana Jarra-Parker, 1


Punahou Buffanblu (17-3)
Coach: David “Boy” Eldredge
ILH champion
16th state appearance
Record (winners bracket only): 21-14
State titles: 2013

Punahou wins
Jaci Young, 5
Kennedy Ishii, 3
Jasmine Ioane, 3
Cheryl Cambra, 2
Lynne Nakamura, 2
Sarah Weisskopf, 2

Punahou home runs
Bailey Akimseu, 3
Reina Furuya, 2
Jasmine Ioane, 2
Mysha Sataraka, 2
Jaci Young, 1
Liana Heshiki, 1
Ashanti Martinez, 1
D’Asha Saiki, 1


‘Iolani Raiders (17-5)
Coach: Benny Agbayani
ILH second place
14th appearance
Record (winners bracket only): 19-11
State titles: 1999, 2000

‘Iolani wins
Mitzi Ing, 6
Kahea Smith, 3
Brittney Guro, 2
Casey Hiraiwa, 2
Kellie Lopez, 2

‘Iolani homne runs
Aleia Agbayani, 3
Cassie Ho, 2
Kailyn Barrett, 1
Casey Hiraiwa, 1
Jana Tokuhama, 1
Ianeta Lei, 1


Baldwin Bears (11-6)
Coach: Sanoe Kekahuna
MIL runner-up
33rd state appearance
Record (winners bracket only): 20-30
State titles: 2001, 2007

Baldwin wins
Shannon Tabion, 4
Nicole Alconcel, 3
Sabrina Alesna-Mindoro, 2
Aliya Harmon, 2
Melina Kaha, 2
Vivienne Kaleuawehe, 2
Kaitlyn Watanabe, 2

Baldwin home runs
Sanoe Kekahuna, 2
Saree-Ann Kekahuna, 2
Nicole Alconcel, 2
Lyana Bermudez, 1
Kylie Rose Dickson, 1
Aliya Harmon, 1
Nawai Kaupe, 1

Day 1 Blog
Day 2 Blog

Division I

Game #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 1Baldwin vs. MaryknollBald, 10-2Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
2May 1'Iolani vs. WaianaeIol, 11-10Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
3May 1Leilehua vs. KapoleiLei, 11-9Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
4May 1Roosevelt vs. KaiserRoos, 10-0 (6)Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
5*May 2Maryknoll vs. WaianaeWain, 7-6McKinley
6*May 2Kapolei vs. KaiserKais, 9-6McKinley
7May 2(4) Kealakehe vs. 'IolaniIol, 11-0 (5)Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
8May 2(3) Lahainaluna vs. LeilehuaLei, 21-10 (6)Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
9May 2(2) Punahou vs. RooseveltPun, 11-4Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
10May 2(1) Campbell vs. BaldwinBald, 11-2Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
15*May 3Waianae vs. KaiserWain, 6-2Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
11*May 3Lahainaluna vs. RooseveltRoos, 11-6McKinley
12*May 3Kealakehe vs. CampbellCamp, 15-0 (5)McKinley
13May 3Leilehua vs. PunahouLei, 12-4Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
14May 3'Iolani vs. BaldwinIol, 11-8Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
16*May 4Roosevelt vs. CampbellTie, 7-7Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
17*May 4Punahou vs. BaldwinPun, 7-6 (6)Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
18May 4Leilehua vs. 'Iolani7 p.m.Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium
* — consolation

Division II

Game #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 1Waimea vs. NanakuliWaim, 7-5Patsy Mink Field
2May 1Honokaa vs. McKinleyHon, 11-3Patsy Mink Field
3May 1Kohala vs. WaipahuKoh, 12-3Patsy Mink Field
4May 1Molokai vs. RadfordRad, 18-17Patsy Mink Field
5*May 2McKinley vs. WaipahuMcK, 7-5Patsy Mink Field
6May 2(3) Kapaa vs. KohalaKoh, 7-6Patsy Mink Field
7May 2(2) Waialua vs. HonokaaWail, 12-6Patsy Mink Field
8May 2St. Francis vs. RadfordStF, 12-1 (5)Patsy Mink Field
9May 2(1) KS-Hawaii vs. WaimeaKSH, 9-2Patsy Mink Field
10*May 3Nanakuli vs. MolokaiMol, 11-0 (4)Patsy Mink Field
11*May 3Honokaa vs. KapaaHon, 4-0 (6)Patsy Mink Field
12*May 3Waimea vs. RadfordWaim, 14-3 (5)Patsy Mink Field
13May 3Waialua vs. KohalaKoh, 6-5Patsy Mink Field
14May 3KS-Hawaii vs. St. FrancisStF, 7-1Patsy Mink Field
15*May 4Molokai vs. McKinleyMcK, 7-6 (6)Patsy Mink Field
16*May 4Waimea vs. HonokaaHon, 9-4 (4)Patsy Mink Field
17*May 4Waialua vs. KS-HawaiiCCL.Patsy Mink Field
18May 4Kohala vs. St. FrancisStF, 4-1Patsy Mink Field
* — consolation


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