Here’s the schedule for Day 2 of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships.
At Les Murakami Stadium
Kamehameha 5, No. 4 Hilo 1
Mililani 6, No. 3 Baldwin 0
No. 1 Campbell 6, Moanalua 2
No. 2 Mid-Pacific 9, Waiakea 4
At Hans L’Orange Field
No. 4 Kauai 14, Konawaena 1 (5 inn.)
No. 2 KS-Hawaii 5, Molokai 1
No. 1 Maryknoll 6, Kapolei 5
No. 3 Aiea 4, Pac-Five 1
At Les Murakami Stadium
No. 1 Maryknoll vs. No. 4 Kauai, 10 a.m.
No. 2 KS-Hawaii vs. No. 3 Aiea, 1 p.m.
No. 2 Mid-Pacific vs. Mililani, 4 p.m.
No. 1 Campbell vs. Kamehameha, 7 p.m.
No. 2 Mid-Pacific (12-3) vs. Waiakea (10-3)
FINAL: Mid-Pacific 9, Waiakea 4
5-11 junior Chase Wago, the ace of the Wolf Pack staff, gets the start against Waiakea’s Caleb Freitas-Fields.
Had some technical issues to start out. It’s 1-0 MPI to start the bottom of the second inning which Wago is again 1-2-3 in with a strikeout.
TOP 3: Alexander Oley draws a four-pitch walk and goes to second on a bunt by Noah Shackles. Freitas-Fields is called for a balk to move Oley to third. Tyler Yamaguchi with a slow roller to short and beats out the throw for an infield hit to bring in the second MPI run. Sean Kinel pulls the breaking ball between short and third for a single. A wild pitch moves both runners up but Freitas-Fields gets two big outs to strand two.
BOT 3: Anthony Benevides with a leadoff single for the second Warriors hit and Guy Yokoe will be the courtesy runner. Waiakea moves him over to second with the bunt but Wago is out of it.
TOP 4: Jarrod Infante with a leadoff single and again, the Owls have the leadoff man on, which you can’t let happen every inning if you want to knock off the ILH champs. The bunt works once again to bring up the top of the order. Jacob Maekawa with a hit inside the bag at third for an RBI double. Two-out RBI single for Noah Shackles scores another MPI run. The hits continue as Tyler Yamaguchi flicks a ball into right field for an RBI single. Owls pouring it on with two outs. Freitas-Fields finally is out of the inning with a strikeout with the bases loaded.
BOT 4: Gehrig Octavio with a leadoff single and Taylor Mondina with a single to center. Freitas-Fields now rips a single up the third-base line to drive in Waiakea’s first run and Wago has given up three hits to start the inning. Mondina and Freitas-Fields pull off the double steal. Ball beat Mondina to the bag easy but Mondina with a great slide behind the tag. Big strikeout by Wago for the first out. Warriors get an RBI groundout to score their second run in the inning. Wago gets the grounder to second to end the inning.
TOP 5: Oley squeezes home a run to make it 6-2 as MPI continues to do what it does. Owls have scored in four of five innings. A throwing error on what looked like a bad call at first allows Tyler Yamaguchi to hit a two-run triple. Huge game for Yamaguchi who is 4-for-4 with five RBIs.
TOP 6: More bunts and more runs as Trevin Tengan grounds out to second to score the runner from third to make it 9-2. Owls have been aggressive and forced the issue every inning tonight. Impressive performance.
Warriors get two runs in the seventh but Wago finishes off the complete game win with eight strikeouts to advance the Owls into the semifinals against Mililani on Friday at 4 p.m.
Yamaguchi 4-4, 3b, 5 RBIs; Maekawa 2-4, 2b, 3 runs, RBI for MPI. Octavio 2-4, run, 2 RBIs for Waiakea.
No. 1 Campbell (13-2) vs. Moanalua (11-6)
FINAL: Campbell 6, Moanalua 2
Campbell will start Zachary Kapihe against Moanalua sophomore Skyler Yamamoto.
TOP 1: DeWayne Sprinkel draws a four-pitch walk to lead off as Yamamoto shows some nerves. Campbell puts down a successful sacrifice bunt and then Sprinkel steals third. It allows Campbell to score a run on Dorrien Villanueva-Hermosura’s sacrifice fly to take the early 1-0 lead.
TOP 3: Ian Kahaloa, who was hit by a pitch in the first, doubles with two outs and scores on Villanueva-Hermosura’s single under the glove of the first baseman to make it 2-0.
TOP 4: More two-out magic for the Sabers. Catcher Tryzen Patricio with a double and then Jake Mendoza hits a grounder to short that is a tough play. It’s an infield single and the ball bounces away at first allowing the courtesy runner to score to make it 3-0. Sabers add another one as Moanalua makes two errors on a grounder to first. First, the pitcher drops the throw covering the base and then the throw home gets away to allow Sprinkel to take second. Mendoza scores on the play. Jobe Ibana follows with a triple to right to bring in another run and that’s it for Yamamoto. Reyn Oumaye into the game.
BOT 5: Cody Azuma leads off with a single and two errors allow two Na Menehune runners to score. Moanalua has second and third but Kapihe gets the groundout to third.
TOP 6: Campbell gets one right back as Keola Himan leads off with a triple and scores on a Darren Gallano RBI single. Sabers have the bases loaded with one out for Kahaloa and Villanueva-Hermosura but Moanalua gets out of it as Andrew Oasay, the freshman, freezes Kahaloa for Strike 3 and Randy Tabura gets Vilalnueva-Hermosura to pop out to the catcher.
Zachary Kapihe finishes it off with two strikeouts in the seventh inning to finish with six in the complete game win, allowing only three hits. Campbell will face Kamehameha in the second semifinal on Friday at 7 p.m.
No. 3 Baldwin (12-3) vs. Mililani (13-3)
FINAL: Mililani 6, Baldwin 0
Mililani will start 5-6 senior right-hander Micah Chinen opposite Baldwin senior Linden Kanamu.
TOP 1: Lane Kashiwamura leads off with an infield single up the middle. He reaches third after two groundouts but Chinen ends the inning with a strikeout.
BOT 1: Quick seven-pitch inning by Kanamu results in a 1-2-3 first.
TOP 2: Great diving stop up the middle by the shortstop, Justice Nakagawa, who flips to Jarin Morikawa at second who turns the 6-4-3 double play. Impressive play defensively by the Trojans.
TOP 3: Bears get two on with one out after a leadoff single by Chayce Akaka and a one-out single by Kashiwamura for his second hit. Chinen is again tough with RISP, getting two outs to end it.
BOT 3: Kanamu retires the first seven before out of nowhere hitting the eighth and ninth batters. He’s an out away from getting out of it but Ryan Kono singles under the glove of the shortstop to drive in one run and a fielding error in the outfield allows a second runner to score. Kanamu gets his second strikeout to end it but the Trojans strike despite only one hit through three innings.
TOP 6: Chinen has it on cruise control now. No hits allowed since Kashiwamura’s one-out single in the third. Only runner in last three innings was a hit batter.
BOT 6: Kainoa Wilson leads off with Mililani’s second hit of the game. Two outs, runner on third and Mililani explodes. RBI single for Sean Sonognini and a two-run triple by Justice Nakagawa. Pinch hitter Stewart Okazaki adds an RBI single and it’s 6-0.
Chinen finishes off a three-hit shutout with no walks and three strikeouts. Trojans advance to play Waiakea/Mid-Pacific winner Friday at 4.
No. 4 Hilo (10-4) vs. Kamehameha (11-7)
FINAL: Kamehameha 5, Hilo 1
Hilo will trot out 6-foot sophomore Joey Jarneski to face Josh Souza, a 5-11 senior, who will start for Kamehameha.
First chance for me to see these outer-island teams. Jarneski is a good-looking sophomore on the hill for the Vikings. I’ve been impressed with quite a few underclassmen in this tournament so far. 1-2-3 first inning for him with a strikeout. Rios hit a ball hard that deflected off Jarneski to the shortstop who gets the throw to first in time.
BOT 1: Jarneski also serves as the leadoff hitter for Hilo and beats out an infield single in the hole at short. Souza leaves a 1-2 fastball up in the zone and Russell Ragual crushes it to the wall in left-center for a double to drive in Jarneski but Ragual is out at third 7-6-5. Two strikeouts in inning for Souza.
TOP 2: Jarneski is a little wild early as Codie Paiva singles on a 2-0 pitch and then Jarneski hits a batter. Hilo catches a break when Makana Arakaki is hit by a grounder by Kody Cacal for an automatic out and Jarneski gets out of it.
BOT 2: Paiva hits the leadoff guy, Noah Serrao, who takes second on a balk. A fly ball to center moves him to third with one out. Crazy play here as Micah Bello strikes out looking but the ball gets away from catcher Kekai Rios. Serrao takes off for home but Rios gets him at the plate to Souza covering. Bello reaches first on a strikeout/passed ball but no run is scored.
Hilo with a defensive change as freshman as Kahale Huddleston replaces Serrao in right. Wonder if he got hurt sliding at the plate. Vikings now with three freshmen in the lineup (one senior).
BOT 3: Souza is done after two walks and falling behind 2-0 to Josiah Factora with two outs. Senior Ladd Ah Choy in for relief and on the first pitch, Rios, the catcher, throws behind the runner at first and picks him off to end it.
Souza’s final line: 2 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K.
Kamehameha C Kekai Rios has been ejected by the home plate umpire after a routine groundout in the bottom of the fourth inning. No clue what went on but Rios is visibly upset. Not only is he done for this game, he has to sit out the next game per HHSAA rules. Came out of nowhere too. I don’t think there was any type of warning. Brutal blow for the Warriors.
TOP 5: Rios’ ejection seems like it has woken up Kamehameha. Pinch hitter Nicholas Penzetta bunts for a single and takes second on a wild pitch. Matt Yokota delivers a one-out single to right to bring in Penzetta and it’s tied. Dylan Salcedo, who replaced Rios behind the plate, keeps the inning alive with a big hit to right to allow Paiva a chance to hit. Paiva flies out to center on the first pitch.
BOT 6: Ah Choy back out for the sixth. He’s retired all seven batters he faces if you include Rios’ pickoff. Questionable play on a 3-2 pitch as it looked like a swing and miss with Salcedo holding on for strike 3 but it’s ruled a foul ball. Ump says he dropped it. He’s already not a big fan of the pro-Kamehameha crowd. After a short delay with Warriors coach Tommy Perkins out twice to talk to the ump, Ah Choy strikes him out on the next pitch and pulls off his best Fernando Rodney bow-and-arrow move. Paiva with a great diving catch of a line drive to rob Ragual of extra bases. Three perfect innings so far for Ah Choy.
TOP 7: Jarneski hits the No. 9 hitter with one out. McNicoll takes off for second on a ball hit by Yokota to the right side of the infield. They catch the second baseman trying to cover and Yokota beats it out for a single with McNicoll getting to third. Jarneski gets a big strikeout for the second out to bring up Salcedo. Wouldn’t this be a story…great at-bat by Salcedo, who works a nine-pitch walk to bring up Paiva with the bases loaded. Paiva with a grounder deep in the hole at short. Tough play for Factora, who tries to make the throw to first and throws it away. Single and an error as Paiva gets one RBI and two runners score. Makana Arakaki follows with a two-run single to left on a 3-2 pitch and Kamehameha has scored four in the inning with two outs. Jarneski is done after 6 2/3 really solid innings. All it took was one Paiva grounder to find the right spot. Kaiden Cox comes in to get the final out.
BOT 7: Factora leads off with the Vikings’ first hit off Ah Choy. He steals second and an error at third allows runners to reach the corners with nobody out. Ah Choy gets a double play and a fly out to end it.
Kamehameha wins 5-1 and will play Campbell/Moanalua winner Friday at 7 p.m.