Mililani town celebrates OIA baseball title

Mililani celebrated after winning an OIA baseball championship. Photo by Steven Erler/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

Mililani lit fireworks at the high school Saturday night for its 50th birthday celebration.

And the Trojans baseball team made its own fireworks at Les Murakami Stadium by nipping Kailua 5-4 to win its first OIA title since 1997.

That last championship 21 years ago was under coach Glenn Nitta, who has been with the school since it opened in 1973 — five years after the inception of the town.

“It’s special with all the competition we face in the OIA, all the good teams we compete against,” Mililani coach Mark Hirayama said about the accomplishment. “A lot of this is for coach Nitta. He started the program. He takes care of the baseball program, so it’s fulfilling to bring it home for him.”

Had Cole Mayeshiro not pitched out of jams in the sixth and seventh innings, Mililani would still be waiting for its second OIA crown.

Kailua’s Bryson Ballesteros was on third base in the sixth and teammate Nicholas Faulkner, a pinch runner for Jalen Ah Yat, was in the same place in the seventh. That’s how close Kailua was to tying it up or going ahead.

“It was stressful, but I had my teammates behind my back,” Mayeshiro said.

In the seventh with two outs, Kailua’s Stone Parker hit a hard shot to center that Shea Yamaguchi easily grabbed to end it.

“He hit it pretty good, but I knew my outfielder Shea had that,” Mayeshiro said. “He had that.

“This is very emotional and feels great. It’s been a long time (for the school). My boys and my brothers, we did it.
We’re coming back for states and taking state champs.”

The Trojans (12-4) and OIA runner-up Surfriders (12-3) — who came into the game as two-time defending league champions – are both playing in the Division I state tournament, May 8-11.

Mililani has never won a state title, but finished in second place in 2013 and 2014.

No. 7 Kailua was unable to get its 15th OIA title and ninth under Ishigo. The Surfriders will try for a fifth D-I state title and first since Ishigo led them to the promised land in 2001.

Saturday night’s biggest blow to the Surfriders’ chances came in the first inning with the bases loaded. The Trojans’ Noah Domogsac cranked a liner to center that got under a diving Dakota Kadooka. The ball got way past him and Domogsac eventually slid home in front of the throw after three teammates crossed the plate.

That 4-0 lead became 5-0 when Micah Kaohu walked with the bases loaded in the second. After that, Kailua freshman reliever Ryan Inouye shut the door on Mililani.

Parker’s two RBIs and RBI hits by Cody Riturban and Dylan Kurahashi-Choy Foo enabled Kailua to get within one at 5-4 by the bottom of the fifth.

The Surfriders and Trojans had five hits apiece in the game. Aside from leaving runners on third in the sixth and seventh, Kailua stranded runners on second and third in the third and the bases loaded in the fourth.

Kailua coach Corey Ishigo is waiting, and hoping, for the bats come around by state tournament time.

“We’re much more capable than how we’ve been hitting,” he said. “We’ll be fine-tuning things and we’ve got two weeks to prep for it. Mililani played a great game today. They pitched well, threw a lot of strikes and had timely hits when they needed to early in the game.”

Hirayama did not relax at all until the final out.

“Whenever Kailua has guys on base, they’re dangerous,” he said. “Their hitters battle. There are no easy outs, one to nine. We were able to get them to put the ball in play and make some plays. We gave up some runs on free passes, so we gotta clean that up.”


  1. Corey Ishigo April 22, 2018 6:30 am

    Unethical to change stats after a game or not to notify the media of a change or mistake. OC 16 thought it was 90 Kalani Takase had 90 from the Mililani game changer App

    Not hiding behind fake names

  2. Corey Ishigo April 22, 2018 6:32 am

    That is 90 pitches used by Cole Mayeshiro used on Wednesday.

    Bring it on Mililani fans fuel the fire

  3. Chicken Grease April 22, 2018 8:21 am


  4. Rebel April 22, 2018 10:27 am

    No need pitch count… throw to you need Tommy John…Japan Style…

  5. Whatsamattau April 22, 2018 10:30 am

    Put in one complaint to OIA….wait Mililani AD is in charge of baseball…

  6. Corey ishigo April 22, 2018 10:47 am

    I have been told that the scoringlive website is unofficial for stats. Mililani game changer was not actually used for scoring live They never did change there stats.

    I am sorry Mililani fans for this misunderstanding. Congratulations on your OIA title. Good luck to you in the state tournament.

  7. Aunty Leslie April 22, 2018 11:10 am

    Corey Ishigo it is a disgrace that you would even accuse a fellow Rainbow of cheating in a game, we all love. Coach Mark has an integrity and love for this game and the community and team has much to be proud of!!! Mililani is a Scrappy team that has come back to fight their way into that game and for the WIN! Pitch Count, seriously!… There’s no CRYING in baseball! Congratulations Mililani for a well deserved OIA Championship Win!

  8. LAN April 22, 2018 11:12 am

    Thank you, coach CI! Please take down MIL champs⚾️👍 Congrats, to Mililani High…not the most talented teams but, hard the beat enthusiasm and drive to win last night. Call out to coach Mark, from ex-PC, coach Les

  9. Lan April 22, 2018 12:16 pm

    More like, shout out to coach Mark…24 hour days….congrats! Coach Les

  10. Coach April 22, 2018 12:47 pm

    Congrats Mililani Trojans!!!! Keep believing!!!!

  11. Chicken Grease April 22, 2018 12:56 pm

    We also had fireworks last night in Mil-ville to celebrate the victory! Happy 50th Anniversary All-American City (1986) Mililani Town and Congratulations to Mililani High Baseball boys 2018 OIA CHAMPIONS!!!!!!!!

  12. OG Baseball Fan April 23, 2018 7:42 am

    Come on CI. Trying to use a technicality to say it was part of the reason that you guys lost. Your arrogance is evident in your coaching style as well. Your boys are always chirping and taunting the opponents. With all the OIA Championships you’ve won, you’ve always fell short at states. Maybe if you humble yourself and your team as well, things might be different.

  13. ALLILH April 23, 2018 9:23 pm

    No worries because a neighbor island team going take states again. MilVill enjoy your OIA title because that’s all you will win…..BBBBWWWAAAAHHHHAAAAA

  14. Chirp chirp chirp April 24, 2018 3:16 am

    Coach CI created a group in GameChanger for the OIA East coaches so that every coach has full access to every team in the eastern division on opponents pitchers pitch counts. He created this group so something like this would not happen. If you want to get more technical, I can.

    Why in a championship game is pitcher pitch counts not readily available

  15. Chirp chirp chirp April 24, 2018 3:36 am

    OG baseball fan you would be a little upset if you were given wrong information that had impact on a player being eligible to pitch or not.

    Scoring live had the wrong pitch count, the only thing available before the game. Scoring live changes the pitch count during the game to make pitcher eligible because they had wrong information.

    Coach CI asked for GameChanger stats after the game but was given scoring live stats after being told it is unofficial and up until now Still did not receive information from Mililani GameChanger.

  16. Falcon Future April 24, 2018 10:39 am

    After reading all these comments, I bet Coach Corey and his assistants got distracted by the Mililani pitch count and lost focus for their own players.

    With due respect to Mililani, Mayeshiro is not a superstar pitcher to be worried over. Kailua had three innings to score off him and they couldn’t. Game over.

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