APRIL 17, 1957: Donald Sakamoto throws no-hitter for Hilo

Donald Sakamoto and some Hilo teammates were invited to try out for the trip to Japan in 1957

On this day in 1957, Donald Sakamoto threw a shortened no-hitter and Hilo beat rival St. Joseph’s for the BIIF South title.

Sakamoto’s gem was called off because of rain in the fifth inning, but was deemed official. Sakamoto faced only 16 batters, walking one and allowing another to reach on an error.

Rather than cry about the early stoppage, St. Joe went on to reach the BIIF tournament final against Hilo. The Vikings jumped out to a 9-0 lead
after five innings but the Cardinals roared back to tie it by battering a parade of four Hilo pitchers including Sakamoto.


Hilo ended up claiming the crown, however, loading the bases in the 11th inning against Tony DeSa on two walks and an error. The Vikings walked it off when DeSa walked Herbert Matsumara to bring in the winning run.

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