LIVE BLOG G2: Kaiser vs. Campbell

Campbell had some fun preparing for its first-round state tournament game against Kaiser on Wednesday. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.
Campbell had some fun preparing for its first-round state tournament game against Kaiser on Wednesday. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

Game 2 of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships in Division I pits OIA runner-up Campbell (14-1) against OIA sixth-place Kaiser (9-7), who made the state tournament after starting 0-3 under first-year coach Kila Ka’aihue. The game is a rematch of an OIA quarterfinal game won by the Sabers, 4-2.


Kaiser Cougars (9-7)
Head coach: Kila Ka’aihue (1st year, 9-7)
Tournament history: 22nd appearance (35‐28‐1, 2 titles)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser ranking: No votes

Campbell Sabers (14-1)
Head coach: Rory Pico (14th year, 140‐70, 1 title)
Tournament history: 13th appearance (17-15-2, 2 titles)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser ranking: No. 5

Kaiser Cougars
Keoni Pangan, RF
Lincoln Lima, SS
Kanioa Craig, LF
Antonio Omphroy, 1B
Kainoa Torres, C
Kennedy Chun, DH
>> Chase Asuncion, P
Christian Reasoner, 3B
Landon Shigeta, 2B
Noah Matsumoto, CF

Campbell Sabers
Shane Shimizu, RF
Ikaika Ganancial, SS
Justin Fernandez, 3B
Dylan Ramon, DH
>> Aaron Bentosino, 2B
Nick Sampson, CF
TJ Takahama, C
Roy Clemons, 1B
Jamin Kalaola, P
Kekahi Reiny Aloy, LF


Campbell 5, Kaiser 4

Campbell (15-1) advances to play Hilo in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 10 a.m.

at Les Murakami Stadium
Kaiser (9-8) 100 003 0 — 4 9 1
Campbell (15-1) 010 031 x — 5 5 2
Chase Asuncion, Pono Lyman (6) and Kainoa Torres. Jamin Kalaola, Ayzek Silva (6), Darien Robinson (7) and TJ Takahama. W—Silva. L—Lyman. S—Robinson.
Leading hitters—Kais: Keoni Pangan 2b; Lincoln Lima 2-3, 2b, bb. 2 runs; Kainoa Craig 2-2, 2b, 3b, bb, run, RBI. Camp: Shane Shimizu 2-3, run, RBI; Ikaika Ganancial 2b, 2 RBIs; Markus Ramos 3b, RBI; Nick Sampson 1-2, 2 runs.

Darien Robinson in to close for Campbell. Jace Okamoto pinch hitting for Kaiser in the nine hole. A 3-2 pitch is his to the right of the second baseman. Bentosino gloves it but falls to the ground and throws Okamoto out from his knees. What a play. Pangan ahead 3-1 and he crushes a ball out to dead center. It’s over the head of Sampson and Pangan gets a double. Tying run on second with one out for Lima. Lima with a shot back up the middle but Robinson stabs it and holds the runner at second before throwing to first for the second out. A 1-0 pitch to Craig hits him in the back of the foot. Omphroy now up. Tying run at second. Go-ahead run at first. Omphroy with a grounder to second and that’s it. Sabers hold on.

Pono Lyman in the game in relief of Asuncion (5 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K). Sampson dumps a 1-2 pitch into right field, going with the pitch for a leadoff single. Takahama bunts Sampson into scoring position. Clemons with a fly ball to center that is caught and the runner is held at second. Two outs. Markus Ramos will pinch hit in the pitcher spot. Ramos drills a line drive to center and it’s off the glove of the centerfielder, who overran it a tad. The ball was smoked and it goes for an RBI triple. Ramos comes up big to give Sabers a 5-4 lead.

Lima draws a leadoff walk to reach base for the third time. Craig gets ahead 2-0 and then doubles to left-center to move Lima to third. That’s it for Kalaola. Ayzek Silva, a sophomore left-hander, on in relief. He has been the closer this year for the Sabers. Omphroy hits a 2-1 pitch to center and it bounces in and then past Sampson in center. Omphroy credited with one RBI on the single but two runs are in and Omphroy ends up on second as the tying run with nobody out. Torres with a grounder to short and Omphroy takes off for the third even though the ball was in front of him and it’s an easy 5-6 putout at third. Chun follows with a single through the left side and it’s first and second with one out for pinch hitter Micah Mashima. Mashima smokes a line drive OFF the glove of Bentosino at second and into the outfield. Torres comes around to score and it’s tied 4-4. Campbell coach Rory Pico leaves Silva in and he gets the 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

Clemons hits the ball off the third baseman, who tries to pick the ball up off the bounce but airmails the throw to first for the first error of the game. Pinch runner Shayden Banaay goes to second on the bunt. Reiny Aloy drops a bunt and Torres goes to third but Banaay beats it and it’s a sacrifice fielder’s choice. Runners at the corners for Shimizu, who rips a line drive to left for a single to score the go-ahead run. Asuncion flustered a little and then is called for a balk. Two runners now in scoring position as Ka’aihue comes out for a mound visit. Ganancial with a hit to center and it falls just in front of the diving attempt by Matsumoto and it’s a two-run double for Ganancial to make it 4-1. Another ball to center and Matsumoto this time with the diving catch. Heckuva catch for the second out to rob a hit. Fly ball to right ends the inning.

Nine-pitch inning for Kalaola, who is at 70 pitches. He has retired seven in a row.

Asuncion works around a one-out walk and is at 55 pitches through four.

Kalaola strikes out two in a 10-pitch inning.

Lima drops to a knee and backhands a soft line drive for the first out at short. Shimizu gets a one-out single off the glove at third but Torres, Kaiser’s quarterback in the fall, throws him out with a laser to second to catch him stealing to end the inning.

Noah Matsumoto with a leadoff single to right for Kaiser’s third hit of the game. Pangan gets ahead 3-1 but Campbell turns the 1-6-3 double play. Lima is first-pitch swinging and bloops in a double to left inside of the line. Craig draws a two-out walk. Kalaola gets ahead 0-2 and gets Omphroy to fly out to right.

Campbell's Nick Sampson slid in safely to score the Sabers' first run in the second inning. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.
Campbell’s Nick Sampson slid in safely to score the Sabers’ first run in the second inning. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.

Asuncion gets his second strikeout leading but then hits Sampson with a pitch for the Sabers’ first baserunner. Takahama draws a walk and it’s two on with one out for Clemons. Campbell pulls off a double steal that leads to a run as Clemons lifts a sacrifice fly to left. Kalalola flies out to left. 1-1 through 2.

Quick 1-2-3, 11-pitch inning for Kalaloa.

Lima with a great play in the hole at short to get the speedy Shimizu leading off and then makes another strong throw to get Ganancial. Breaking ball called strike three and a nice 15-pitch first inning for Asuncion.

Kalaola with a three-pitch strikeout to start. Lima follows with a single back up the middle. Lima takes second as the pickoff attempt at first gets away. Craig with a 2-2 pitch and he drops it inside the right-field line. Lima scores and Craig is safe at third on the RBI triple. Omphroy up 2-0 and hits a soft line drive that is caught at short. Torres flies out to right. 21-pitch first inning for Kalaola.

Campbell coach Rory Pico and Kaiser coach Kila Ka'aihue met at home plate pregame. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.
Campbell coach Rory Pico and Kaiser coach Kila Ka’aihue met at home plate pregame. Photo by Jerry Campany/Star-Advertiser.


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