Kamehameha aces Javyn Pimental, Kelena Sauer headed to West Coast power programs

Kamehameha's Javyn Pimental and Kelena Sauer are excited to head off to some power programs on the West Coast in baseball. Photo by Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

Kelena Sauer and Javyn Pimental have seen a thing or two.

Surprises. Twists. Coaching changes. The two Kamehameha senior pitchers have endured, though. They have thrived. Sauer signed with San Diego State and Pimental signed with Arizona at the letter-of-intent signing ceremony hosted by Education 1st at the Sheraton Waikiki on Wednesday morning.

“I’m super excited for what’s coming up. I can’t wait,” said Pimental, who doesn’t mind the desert heat. “I’d rather be hot than cold.

The two aces played in The Perfect Game’s World Series in Florida recently.

“We played this summer. We traveled together,” Sauer said.

“I did pretty good,” Pimental said.

“He got top pitcher,” Sauer chimed in.

Wearing a new Aztecs hat, Sauer cited his top reason for choosing San Diego State.

“The weather. It’s way better than Hawaii. It’s cool. It’s 70 degrees all the time,” he said.

Pimental and Sauer have one more thing in common. Each has worked diligently on a changeup in the offseason. Sauer rates Pimental’s changeup at a 9. Pimental has seen Sauer’s changeup and curve ball improve to new levels.

“I give his changeup an 11,” he said.

Kamehameha reached the state tournament last spring. Pimental threw five innings of shutout ball in the opening round against Castle, fanning seven and walking just one. Sauer finished the game with two shutout innings, three Ks and no walks for a save.

The Warriors lost in the next round (quarterfinal) and finished the season 20-12, ranked No. 6 in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.


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