APRIL 29, 1953: Don Oura’s bunt puts Mid-Pacific in ILH playoffs

Don Oura, right, won an award for Mid-Pacific's top individual performance of the year in 1955. Also pictured are Bob Funes and Fred Honda.

Mid-Pacific opponents had to be aware of anything even before Dunn Muramaru took over.

On this day in 1953, third baseman Don Oura layed down a bunt with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning to give Mid-Pacific a suprise 8-7 victory over Farrington.

The Owls scored four times in the ninth inning on two errors, an intentional walk and Oura’s heroics. Cleanup hitter Greg Ontiveros was walked to pitch to Oura.

It was the final game of the regular season for both teams. Mid-Pacific finished with a 5-3 mark and the Governors closed at 3-5. Kamehameha, Mid-Pacific, Kaimuki, Saint Louis and Iolani all tied for second a game behind 6-2 Punahou. That forced a five-way playoff for three spots in the league tournament. Mid-Pacific was bounced from the playoff with a 4-3 loss to Kamehameha in 10 innings. Oura was 0-for-4 in that game.

Saint Louis ended up winning the spot and went all the way to claim its second straight league title.


  1. Melanie Sunada May 1, 2020 11:25 am

    That’s my dad! Way to go, Dad! He’s still a great athlete. He’s in this eighties, and likes to run on Waikiki Beach when he is visiting from Portland.

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