DAY ONE: Stunners at Iron Maehara Stadium

Taichi Fukunaga came up huge in extra innings as Kalani knocked out MIL runner-up Maui on Wednesday in the opening round of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships. Photo by Billy Hull/Star-Advertiser.

Star-Advertiser scribe Billy Hull was up at 4:30 a.m. on a fine Wednesday morning.

Boarded a plane, headed to Maui and made it to Iron Maehara Stadium 10 minutes before the opening first-round battle at the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball Division I State Championships. What the longtime writer then witnessed for the next 12 hours was, perhaps, the most unpredictable and mind-blowing quarterfinal round in baseball state-tourney history.

Here’s a quick look at the Bonecrusher’s reviews of Wednesday’s thrillers. Thursday’s quarterfinals begin at 11:15 a.m.

Hilo 6, Kamehameha 5, 8 innings — Who expected this: the BIIF runner-up over the ILH third-place squad?

“(Devin) Saltiban for Hilo can rake. Hilo reliever (Eli Yamanaka) was going to start today, but threw 36 pitches, one over the limit. That was a big blow.”

Kailua 9, ‘Iolani 5 — “Both ILH teams came out lacking a little energy. Wonder if that double-elimination (tournament) takes a lot out of teams.”

Pearl City 4, Moanalua 1 — Dacoda Agoto struck out 12 and walked four in six innings, no earned runs, and Devin Hayashi finished off the no-hitter. Apparently, Agoto is a morning person.

“His alarm was set for 3:30 a.m. He got to the airport at 5,” Hull said.

Kalani 2, Maui 1 — “The guy that stood out the most was Maui pitcher Jonah Richardson. Decent velocity. Eight innings, 12 Ks, one unearned run. Neighbor Islands always show out with legit guys.


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