On this day in 1959, Lyman Koike and Thomas Serikaku each banged out three hits and the Mid-Pacific baseball team beat Kaimuki 13-5.
Herbert Nakasone took a two-hit shutout into the ninth inning before Kaimuki rallied to knock him out of the box.
The win moved the Owls into fifth place in the ILH with the four-team playoffs looming. The Owls tied Punahou with a win on the last day of the regular season and then won a three-team playoff to reach the postseason. Mid-Pacific fell short from there as Kamehameha took the ILH title.
Your “April 20, 1959: Lyman Koike keeps hope alive for Mid-Pacific” article got the attention of those of us on that 1959 Mid-Pacific team that are still alive and have kept in touch. Its been 61 years but for a few seconds I could remember the excitement of playing ILH high school baseball at the than Honolulu Stadium. Thank you for publishing these types of article as they bring back memorable times of our youth.