MAY 4, 1994: Kalaheo’s Jesse Brown beats future big-leaguer

Kalaheo's Jesse Brown was drafted by the Rangers following his senior year but opted to pitch in college.

On this day in 1994, Waiakea ace Onan Masaoka stuck out 11 batters in five innings but hit the wall and Kalaheo won 7-1.

Jesse Brown won the mound dual for the Mustangs and Alika Smith went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Brown allowed just four hits.

Masaoka, who went on to a big-league career, threw 109 pitches in five innings against patient Kalaheo.

In other state tournament games, Castle’s Troy Yoshimatsu threw no-hitter in a 2-1 win over Mid-Pacific, Waimea beat Pearl City 8-1 and Maui took out Mililani 3-2.

Yoshimatsu was named the state pitcher of the year ahead of Brown, who went 9-0 during the season.


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