Jalen Ah Yat’s clutch play gives Kailua a walk-off win

The Kailua Surfriders mobbed Jalen Ah Yat (20), middle, after his game-winning single beat Kalani. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

It was a marathon of a game, which can be a hazard for young baseball teams.

For No. 10 Kailua, having a veteran like Jalen Ah Yat always helps. The senior stabilized the Surfriders on the mound with 1 2/3 innings in relief, including three strikeouts, and cracked a game-winning, walk-off single with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning as Kailua outlasted Kalani 6-5 on Saturday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

What was a bit amazing was seeing Ah Yat move from third base to the mound, throw just a few warmup pitches, and then go to work with fastballs and sliders for strike after strike.


“I got four (warmup) pitches. My arm was already loose. I was just focused on hitting my spots. Fastballs, aways, and my slider was on today, so really helped. Hitting that outside pitch was really working for us,” Ah Yat said.

Kalani was in good form most of the night, getting a solid stint in relief from Riece Meyers, who took the hard-luck loss. The Falcons are young, like the Surfriders, and their 1-4 mark in the OIA East is deceptive. Kailua, now 4-1 and tied with Kaiser for the league lead, isn’t close to peaking, coach Corey Ishigo said.


“I know there’s much more room to get better. Our pitchers need to throw strikes and work ahead int he count,” he said.

Including Ah Yat, Kailua used five pitchers against Kalani. Between the two squads, there were 14 walks, five hit batters, two wild pitches and a balk. It was the kind of game under the bright lights that makes an inexperienced team grow up some, win or lose.


“We’re a very young team this year. We don’t have all the big guys like we used to, but these guys are starting to learn,” Ah Yat said. “We’re getting better together. We’re getting there. We’re working hard every day. The younger guys are coming out and they’re doing their stuff.”

At Les Murakami Stadium
2 outs when winning run scored
Kalani (4-8, 1-4 OIA East) 000 050 0 — 5 5 2
Kailua (6-5-2, 4-1 OIA East) 000 230 1 — 6 8 0
Tyrus Viela, Ryan Arquero (5), Riece Myers (5) and Spencer Kim.
Ryan Inouye, Raven Gauthe-Santos (4), Shai Lolo-Tamashiro (5),Quinn McMurray (6), Jalen Ah Yat (6) and Kalua Neves. W—Ah Yat. L—Myers.
Leading hitters—Kalani: Brandon Ting 1-2, RBI, run, BB, HBP; Jace Tsutomi 1-1, RBI, run, 2 HBP, BB; Kim 1-4, 2 RBIs. Kailua: Brandon Sarae 1-4, 2 RBIs, 2B, BB; Bryson Ewaliko 1-4, 2 RBIs, run, 2B.

Kailua’s Kalua Neves (30) tried to make a catch in foul territory during the fifth inning. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

COMMENTS

  1. RB sports March 24, 2019 10:42 am

    Good game to watch on TV last night, however, something disturbing to see. During a pitching change in the 5th inning, the 1st base coach for Kailua had a black container out while talking to the 1st base umpire. From the container he put something in his mouth, closed the cover and put into his pocket. What was it?
    Tobacco products illegal for high school sports along with college. WONDERING!!


  2. Disturbing March 24, 2019 11:24 am

    Good baseball game last night even though there was a blown call on a tag up play. I saw something disturbing on TV that I believe needs to be addressed. In the 5th inning during a pitching change, the 1st base coach was holding a round container while talking to the 1st base umpire. He put something in his mouth, closed the container and put it away. Those that know baseball have an idea what it is. Its illegal in high school and college athletics.


  3. Beenaround March 24, 2019 10:00 pm

    Nothing will be done


  4. neva mind March 25, 2019 1:08 pm

    Quiet your mouth


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