The OIA champion Kailua Surfriders begin their Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships against BIIF runner-up Waiakea.
Waiakea Warriors (15-2)
Casey Yamauchi, 3B
Trayden Tamiya, SS
Nathan Minami, RF
Jacob Igawa, C
David Nakamura, RF
Makoa Andres, P
Gehrig Octavio, CF
Khaden Victorino, 1B
Curren Inouye, DH
>> Devin Midel, 2B
Kailua Surfriders (13-2)
Matthew Kaleiohi, RF
Cody Riturban, 3B
Joey Cantillo, LHP
Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo, SS
Jalen Ah Yat, C
Taven Kalua Neves, DH
>> Stone Parker, 1B
Bryson Ballesteros, LF
Dayne Ishigo, 2B
Dakota Kadooka, CF
Waiakea 3, Kailua 1
Waiakea advances to the state semifinals to play the winner between Kamehameha and Baldwin.
at Les Murakami Stadium
Waiakea (16-2)100 100 1 — 3 4 1
Kailua (13-3) 000 000 1 — 1 5 2
Makoa Andres, Casey Yamauchi and Jacob Igawa. Joey Cantillo, Ryan Inouye (7) and Jalen Ah Yat. W—Andres. L—Cantillo. S—Yamauchi.
OIA champs down to their final three outs. Neves, Ballesteros, Ishigo due up. Neves draws a leadoff walk. Andres gets a mound visit after falling behind 2-0 to Ballesteros. Andres gets to 3-2 but then walks Ballesteros to bring up pinch hitter Andrew Nakashima as the tying run. A 2-2 pitch is way outside and the wild pitch moves both runners into scoring position. Still nobody out and Andres has walked the bases loaded. Yamauchi in from third base to pitch and he gets the pop up to first in foul territory for the first out. Kaleiohi up. 0-2 pitch and it’s a grounder to third. Andres, who went six innings, moved to third and he fields the ball but his throw is wide at second. Error brings in one run and Kailua holds the runner at third. Bases loaded, 1 out, 3-1, Riturban up. Another grounder to Andres at third and he goes 5-4-3. Double play. Game over with Cantillo on deck.
Final line for Joey Cantillo: 6 1/3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K.
Cantillo back out there at 102 pitches. Andres draws a leadoff walk and this will be the last batter for Cantillo. Octavio drops a great bunt to move the runner over. Nobody is at third and the courtesy runner, Fujii, takes off from third. The throw from the first baseman sails and Fujii comes all the way around to score. Big run for the Warriors, who lead 3-0. Ryan inouye comes in and gets the final two outs.
That’s the kind of magic we’re used to seeing from Kailua but Andres allows nothing. A seven-pitch inning gets the Nos. 3, 4 and 5 guys out for Kailua. Andres has come up huge tonight.
Tamiya drops a bunt toward third base and he beats the throw from Cantillo for a leadoff single. Third time Waiakea has the leadoff man aboard and both previous runners came in to score. Minami draws a four-pitch walk and Waiakea in business. Igawa singles through the left side and Tamiya rounds third but he’s held up. The throw back to third from left and they get him going back to the bag. Remember that play. Very close call at third and he’s called out. Nakamura with a grounder to second. They get the second out and Kailua doesn’t throw to first, but the lead runner rounds third and heads for the plate. Close play at the plate and he’s called OUT. Holy smokes. Kailua with two huge plays defensively and two big calls go the Surfriders’ way.
Ishigo with a leadoff single on the first pitch up the middle and the Surfriders’ section has a reason to make noise. Andres doesn’t give Kailua any more hope getting two more strikeouts to give him six in the game. Andres just at 64 pitches through five.
Six in a row retired by Cantillo, who is at 86 pitches.
Leadoff single through the right side by Ah Yat. Spencer Choy Foo will run for Ah Yat, the catcher. Neves rips a hard grounder right at Victorino at first who tags the base and then throws down to second to get the 3-6 double play. Fly out to center and a 10-pitch inning for Andres gets him through four.
Igawa reaches first on a throwing error by the shortstop. Kailua coach Corey Ishigo comes out to question the call and the umpires huddle but call him safe again. A passed ball puts the courtesy runner in scoring position with nobody out. Chris Hatakenaka-Gibbs moves to third on a wild pith. Nakamura strikes out on a seven-pitch at-bat but the ball sails to the backstop. Hatakenaka-Gibbs comes in to score and Nakamura is celebrating but the entire Waiakea side of the stands is yelling at him to go to first. By the time he figures it out it’s too late but the run does score to make it 2-0. Five strikeouts for Cantillo as inning ends.
Two more strikeouts for Andres in a quick nine-pitch inning.
1-2-3 innings for Cantillo who is already up to 55 pitches.
Ballesteros works a one-out walk and steals second on the strikeout of Ishigo. Kadooka works a two-out walk but Andres gets Kaleiohi looking for his second K to end it.
Cantillo issues a one-out walk, his second of the game. Victorino with a two-out single to center on an 0-2 pitch and the runner was going so Brett Fujii, the courtesy runner, gets to third. Cantillo paints a fastball to get Inouye looking for his second strikeout of the game to end the inning.
Right fielder Matthew Kaleiohi leads off with an infield single to short for Kailua. The next four Kailua batters all put the first pitch in play as Cantillo singles with one out to put runners on first and second. Ah Yat with a two-out single to center but Gehrig Octavio guns down Kaleiohi at the plate for the final out. Makoa Andres faces five batters and gives up three hits yet throws only eight pitches.
Cantillo wild to start as he walks the first batter on five pitches and then gives us a wild pitch. Another wild pitch moves Yamauchi to third and Nathan Minami rips a single through the left side to score Yamauchi. 18-pitch first inning for Cantillo.