Day 1 of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships begins today with Kailua (11-4) facing Aiea (6-10) in Tuesday’s first game. Tuesday’s schedule is below:
9 a.m.: Kailua 5, Aiea 4
11:30 a.m.: Mililani 5, Hilo 4, 9 inn.
5 p.m.: Kaiser 8, Maui 3
7:30 p.m.: Saint Louis 13, Roosevelt 0, 6 inn.
Game 1: Kailua vs. Aiea
The Surfriders list Royce Komesu as their starter but out comes Kainoa Higa on the mound to start. Perfect first inning for Higa with one strikeout, although Aiea’s Eola Liwai Manoa just misses extra bases on a ball that landed just foul near the base of the wall in left field.
Peter Kanoho works a leadoff walk and Dalton Kalama doubles to put runners on second and third with one out. After a Lawson Faria walk, Noah Auld hits an RBI single to center but the Surfriders run into a double play as Faria gets caught in a rundown between second and third and then courtesy runner Noah Ah Yat takes off from home and is thrown out.
Aiea gets the run back as Jayvin Alcantra and Shannon Fermahin hit consecutive singles with one out. After a grounder moves the runners up, Alcantra scores on a wild pitch by Higa.
Aiea’s Dylan Madamba punctuates a perfect bottom of the inning with a strikeout. Score: Kailua 1, Aiea 1.
Chazdyn Quebral Acosta hits a one-out single and swipes two bags to get to third. Kailua brings in Daniel Thomas in relief of Higa and Aiea catcher Hunter Yara drops down a perfect sacrifice bunt as Acosta beats the throw home. Na Alii tags on another run as the cutoff throw gets away from the first baseman after a Jayvin Alcantra single, allowing courtesy runner Jaryn Nakamoto to score. Aiea loads the bases on another walk and Thomas is called for a bunt to bring in another run. Score: Aiea 4, Kailua 1
Madamba has settled in for Aiea and works his second straight perfect inning, getting help from his defense. Nice play by Manoa at third and an even better stretch by Uyeda at first for the second out.
Another pitching change for Kailua as Matthew Hanano enters the game to start the fourth inning. Acosta beats out an infield single for his second hit but that’s it for Aiea.
Another 1-2-3 inning for Madamba, who has retired nine in a row and struck out three.
Jayvin Alcantra hits a two-out double for his third hit and Shannon Fermahin beats out an infield single but Hanano gets Na Alii to strand two. Still 4-1 going to the bottom of the fifth.
Jameson White bloops a hit into shallow left and beats the throw at second for a one-out double to end Madamba’s streak of 10 in a row retired. Dustin Imanaka reaches on an infield single to short and White does a good job to stay on the bag at third as Jaryn Nakamoto tries to throw behind him. Pilipo Kupahu with a base hit to right to score White to make it 4-2. Madamba is out of it as Peter Kanoho tries to bunt but pops into a double play.
Jaryn Nakamoto with a one-out single but is thrown out stealing second on a very close play. Acosta reaches base for the third time with a two-out walk but Manoa grounds out to third.
Lawson Faria with a harmless two-out single as Aiea is now three outs away from a bit of an upset to start the tournament.
Hanano works a perfect seventh inning and has done a great job keeping Kailua in the game. Four shutout innings with four strikeouts for Hanano as Kailua comes to bat trailing by two.
Wade Lono gets things going with a leadoff double for Kailua and Aiea changes pitchers. Jansen Kudaishi in for Na Alii and promptly hits Jameson White with a pitch. A sacrifice bunt moves the runners over for Pilipo Kupahu, the No. 9 hitter. Pilipo falls behind 0-2 but hits a flyball to right past the diving attempt by Jared Alcantra. Surfriders score two as Kupahu ends up on third with a triple to tie the game at 4-4. Aiea intentionally walks two batters to load the bases for Dalton Kalama.
Aiea brings in a fifth infielder to try to set up for a double play. Kalama lifts a fly ball to left that falls for the game-winning RBI single and Kailua wins 5-4.
Kailua advances to play Baldwin in the quarterfinals on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m.
At Les Murakami Stadium
Aiea (6-11) 022 000 0 — 4 8 0
Kailua (12-4) 100 010 3 — 5 9 1
Dylan Madamba, Jansen Kudaishi and Hunter Yara. Kainoa Higa, Daniel Thomas (3), Matthew Hanano (4) and Dalton Kalama, Noah Ah Yat (6). W—Hanano. L—Kudaishi.
Leading hitters—Aiea: Chazdyn Quebral Acosta 2-3, run, bb, 2 sb; Jayvin Alcantra 3-4, 2b, run; Shannon Fermahin 2-2, bb. Kail: Kalama 2-4, 2b, RBI; Wade Lono 2b; Jameson White 1-2, 2b, 2 runs; Pilipo Kupahu 2-3, 3b, 3 RBIs.
Game 2: Mililani vs Hilo
Mililani will go with ace Cole Nakachi on the first day against Hilo’s Jaylen Carvalho. Jodd Carter will hit third for the Vikings. Winner of this will take on top-seeded Mid-Pacific in Wednesday.
Mililani strikes with two runs in the top of the first, Kaimana Souza-Paluhi leads off with a walk, goes to second on a sacrifice and scores on a bloop double to right by Sean Sonognini. Adam Connell drives in another run with a single to second base. Hilo responds by getting the first two batters, Micah Kaaukai and Jaylen Carvalho, on base but Carter strikes out on three pitches. Noah Serrao lofts a fly ball to right field and Noah Kalaola-Richardson gets thrown out trying to tag up and make it to second.
Mililani scores another run in the top of the second when Devin Awai hits a triple down the line to right field and scores on a single to center by Kaimana Souza Paluhi. Hilo scores its first run in the bottom of the inning when Isiah Banasan and Joey Jarneski lead off with back-to-back singles and Banasan scores on a sacrifice fly by Conrad Kauffman. Mililani 3, Hilo 1
Trevor Inouye and Sean Sonognini both fly out. Adam Connell singles to right. Justice Nakagawa grounds out to short on a fine play. Micah Kaaukai leads off HIlo’s half with a single to left and steals second immediately. Jaylen Carvalho grounds back to the pitcher and Jodd Carter grounds to short. Noah Serrao follows with a ground out to short and Hilo strands a runner for the third straight inning.
Kellen Otsu leads off with a single but is erased when Ty Desa grounds into a double play back to the pitcher. Devin Awai flies out to right to give Carvalho a nifty 5-pitch inning. He has thrown 39 pitches, 28 for strikes. Nakachi gets Banasan to pop put to short to begin the bottom half. Jarnoski strikes out swinging and Kauffman follows with a single to left. Breithbart walks. Noah Higa-Gonsalves loads the bases when he reaches on an error by Nakachi, but Kaaukai pops harmlessly to first on the first pitch to leave the bases loaded. Mililani 3, Hilo 1.
Souza-Paluhi grounds out to the pitcher. Morikawa pops out to second. Inouye walks on five pitches. Sonognini reaches on an error by Hilo’s first baseman catching the throw from third, and runners are on the corners. Connell walks to load them up with two outs. Nakagawa grounds to third to end it and leave them loaded. Bottom half begins with the best defensive play of the day so far as Mililani’s Trevor Inouye makes a great diving catch in foul territory. Jodd Carter’s tough day continues with his second strikeout in three at-bats. Hilo gets two two-out singles and a walk to load the bases. Serrao comes home on a wild pitch. Nakachi gets out of it when Kauffman drills a liner right back at him but the second baseman tracks it down and throws him out at first. Mililani 3, Hilo 2.
Otsu grounds out to first. Desa strikes out swinging and Awai gets plunked. Souza-Paluhi pops out to second. Koa Eastlack comes on in relief for Mililani and Breithbarth leads off Hilo’s half with a single to center and goes to second on a wild pitch and third on a sacrifice bunt by Higa-Gonsalves. Kaaukai follows with a single to center to drive in the tying run. Carter singles to center, Hilo has two runners on. Serrao singles to center to drive in the go-ahead run, that’s four hits this inning for Hilo. Banasan flies out to center. Hilo 4, Mililani 3.
Jensen Kim strikes out looking as a pinch-hitter to lead off the seventh. Hilo is two outs away. Trevor Inouye singles to left, tying run is on first with Sonognini up. Inouye nearly gets picked off first, then steals second on the next pitch. Sonognini strikes out on a high fastball out of the zone. Inouye steals third on the first pitch to Connell. Connell drives him in with a single to center, and it’s tied. Nakagawa pops out to center. Eastlack walks Jarneski to start the bottom of the seventh. Tyler Kaneshiro takes the mound. Kauffman can’t get a bunt down and then hits into a double play. Breitbarth grounds out to third and we go to extra innings.
Ty Desa reaches on a one-out error but is stranded as Carvalho gets through eight innings, throwing 104 pitches. Noah Higa-Gonsalves draws a four-pitch walk to start the bottom of the frame. Kaaukai puts down a bunt on the first-base line and is called safe after the tag is missed. Could have been called for running out of the base path and Mililani coach Mark Hirayama comes out to ask but Kaaukai is ruled safe. Carvalho fouls out to third for the first out to bring up Carter, who hits into a 5-4-3 double play and we go to the ninth.
Carvalho stays in the game and gets the first out before Inouye reaches on an error by the second baseman. Carvalho makes a nice to stop and throw to first for the second out. Connell with a fly ball to left that is misplayed and Mililani scores the go-ahead run on the second Vikings error in the inning. Nakagawa flies out to center and Hilo is up down to its final three outs. Trojans bring in their fourth pitcher of the game as Micah Chinen tries to nail it down. Hilo brings 4-5-6 to the plate, Serrao starts it off by striking out swinging. Banasan beats out a grounder to second. But Banasan caught napping off first base and is picked off by the catcher. Two outs. Jarnoski grounds to first base, game over. Mililani 5, Hilo 4 in nine innings.
At Les Murakami Stadium
Mililani (10-6) 210 000 101 — 5 8 1
Hilo (9-5-1) 010 012 000 — 4 12 4
Cole Nakachi, Koa Eastlack (6), Tyler Kaneshiro (7), Micah Chinen (9) and Sean Sonognini. Jalen Carvalho and Josh Breitbarth. W—Kaneshiro. L—Carvalho. S—Chinen.
Leading hitters—Mil: Sean Sonognini 2b, run; Adam Connell 3-4, 2 RBIs; Devin Awai 3b, run. Hilo: Micah Kaaukai 4-5, sb, run, RBI; Noah Serrao 2-5, run; Isaiah Banasan-Vincent 3-5, run.
Game 3: Maui vs. Kaiser
Noah Sakatani for Kaiser will oppose Maui’s Jacob Tiu in Game 3 on Tuesday at Les Murakami Stadium.
Catcher Kelan Yoshioka leads off for Kaiser and sends a 2-0 offering back up the middle for a leadoff single. Second time I’ve seen Yoshioka play this year and was impressed with him both on offense and defense in a win over Kapolei in the OIA tournament. Tiu falls behind 2-0 again and Michael Austin delivers a sharp single to right. Aaron Oda draws a four-pitch walk and Curt Clivio with a two-run single back up the middle as Kaiser is up 2-0 early. After a sacrifice bunt, Shawn Miyashiro hits a ball of the pitcher’s glove that is bobbled by the second baseman and thrown away by the shortstop. Two more Cougars runs score to make it 4-0. Sakatani comes out and goes 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning with two strikeouts as Kaiser has control of this game early. Score: Kaiser 4, Maui 0.
Cougars right back at it as Yoshioka reaches on a throwing error and scores on a one-out single by Oda. Jeshua Bitanga doubles and Oda scores as the left fielder bobbles the ball. Tiu done after 1 2/3 innings. Callen Beeson comes in from center and gets the final out. Sakatani gives up a two-out walk but that’s it. Three strikeouts in two innings for the Kaiser pitcher. Score: Kaiser 6, Maui 0
Luis Omphroy with a leadoff single for Kaiser but is caught in a rundown on a delayed steal. Sakatani reaches base on Maui’s fifth error of the game but is stranded. Micah Jio starts the bottom of the third with Maui’s first hit. Jordan Yaji-Kawaha follows with a single. After a flyout, runners try to advance on a wild pitch and Jio is thrown out 2-4-5-6-1-8 between second and third and is hurt on the play and has to be helped off the field. Kaiser gets out of the inning.
Kaiser goes down in order and Maui opens the bottom of the inning with a leadoff walk but can’t do anything.
Bitanga with a one-out single and moves to second on a balk but Kaiser can’t bring him in. Perfect bottom of the inning for Sakatani as Kaiser maintains 6-0 lead.
Maui’s sixth error of the game allows Kaiser’s leadoff man to reach second. Kamalu Vincent-Simeona takes third on a wild pitch and scores on a strikeout throw to first to make it 7-0. Chazz Ishikawa with a one-out single in the bottom of the sixth but Maui can’t do anything with it.
Bitanga pulls the ball down the left-field line for a leadoff double. Grounder moves him to third and Omphroy hits a deep fly ball to center to drive in Bitanga on the sacrifice fly to make it 8-0. Sakatani back out as he tries to finish up a three-hitter and gets his fifth strikeout. Sakatani issues his fourth free pass and Yaji-Kawaha gets his second hit. Callen Beeson follows with an RBI single up the middle and Maui avoids the shutout. Yaji-Kawara plates a second Sabers run on a throwing error by Yoshioka trying to get Beeson stealing second. Sakatani gets a fly ball to center but it’s dropped and a third Maui run scores before a line out to short ends it. Kaiser wins 8-3
Game 4: Saint Louis vs. Roosevelt
Pono Anderson gets the start for Saint Louis vs. Roosevelt’s Reece Okura in the final game of the state tournament’s opening day. Winner faces third-seeded Waiakea at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the quarterfinals.
Saint Louis leadoff hitter Rayson Romero lines a single to center. Jordan Mopas also singles up the middle and Romero goes around to third. Okura gets Jacob Gribbin swinging for the game’s first out. Ryder Kuhns singles past shortstop to score Romero and Saint Louis leads 1-0. Jordan Yamamoto drills Saint Louis’ fourth single of the inning to drive in Mopas. Devan Stubblefield triples into the right-center gap and it’s 4-0. Brendan Uchima drives in Stubblefield with a sac fly to right. Tanner Atiburcio walks and the Crusaders have batted around in the first. Roosevelt has a left-hander warming up in the pen. After a walk to Taylor Meilleur, Romero grounds into a fielder’s choice to end the inning. 5 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors. Pono Anderson retires the Rough Riders in order in a quick bottom of the inning. Score: Saint Louis 5, Roosevelt 0.
Jordan Mopas leads off the second with a double to left center, advances on a passed ball. Jacob Gribbin walks and steals second on the next pitch. Ryder Kuhns drills a two-run single to left. Jordan Yamamoto grounds into a 5-4-3 double play and Devan Stubblefield grounds out to second to end the top of the second with Saint Louis up 7-0. Roosevelt catcher Aaron Emoto loops a double down the right-field line for the Rough Riders’ first hit with two out in the bottom of the inning. Jonah Sasahara singles to center but courtesy runner Taylor Torres has to hold at third. Sasahara is picked off but is called safe at second. Doesn’t matter as Anderson gets a foul popup to first to end the inning.
Brendan Uchima’s comebacker ricochets of Okura and he beats second baseman Nick Matsuoka’s throw to first. Tanner Atiburcio reaches on a fielder’s choice and goes all the way to third on a passed ball. Taylor Meilleur walks to end Okura’s night. Left-hander Jarron Maemori in to pitch for Roosevelt with 1 out, runners on first and third. Brett Uchima, running for Meilleur, steals second. Rayson Romero’s looper into shallow right falls in for a double to score Atiburcio. Brett Uchima comes in on Jordan Mopas’ sac fly to right and Saint Louis leads 9-0. Kainalu Pitoy reaches on an infield single with two out in the bottom of the inning but Anderson records his third strikeout.
Saint Louis puts two runners on with one out but Maemori gets out of the inning with a double play started by shortstop Jonah Sasahara. Brendan Uchima makes a diving stop and a strong throw to first to get Mika Caris for the first out in the bottom of the fourth. Rayson Romero ends the inning with a diving snag of Sasahara’s liner. Saint Louis up 9-0 going into the fifth.
Tanner Atiburcio singles to right to lead off the inning for Saint Louis’ 10th hit of the game. Roosevelt gets a 1-6-3 double play and a flyout to center ends the inning. Anderson retires Roosevelt in order on eight pitches.
Travis Tanaka pinch hits for Mopas and opens the inning with a single. Brett Uchima, who went into left field in the fifth, follows with a single to center. Ryder Kuhns drives in his fourth run of the game with a single through the right side of the infield. Uchima and Kuhns score on Jacob White’s looping single into left. Atiburcio drives in White with a sacrifice fly to right. Saint Louis takes a 13-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Peyton Oshiro in to pitch for Saint Louis. Anderson ends his night with three strikeouts, no walks while holding Roosevelt to four hits. Keola Tamanaha walks and Mika Caris singles to left with one out. Oshiro gets a fielders choice grounder and a strikeout to end the game.
Final: Saint Louis 13, Roosevelt 0.
Wednesday’s D1 quarterfinals schedule
9 a.m.: No. 4 Baldwin vs. Kailua
11:30 a.m.: No. 2 Campbell vs. Kaiser
5 p.m.: No. 3 Waiakea vs. Saint Louis
7:30 p.m.: No. 1 Mid-Pacific vs. Mililani