On this date in 1986, Radford’s Reed Anderson did his best to ensure a newspaper would never spell his name wrong again.
Anderson climbed the mound at Aloha Stadium and shut out Mililani over nine innings, only to wake up to find his first name misspelled in the Honolulu Advertiser’s account of the game.
Anderson and batterymate Raul Benitez limited Mililani to two hits and two walks, striking out seven. The only times the Trojans cracked him were a first-inning single by Ricky Tahara and a double in the sixth by Tracy Cordero. Radford’s defense committed three errors, but Anderson never let them hurt him.
Mililani’s Brian Nuha also went the full nine innings, giving up seven hits but walking six.
The Rams didn’t give Anderson the lead until the fifth inning when Keith Smith tripled and scored on a single by Mike Leonard. Gaynor Sodetani went 2-for-2 with a solo home run to further back Anderson.
Anderson finished his senior season with an OIA West All-Star selection for both newspapers after fashioning an ERA of 1.90. Radford missed out on the state tournament in Anderson’s senior year, but he was judged the school’s top scholar athlete and earned honorable mention on the Star-Bulletin’s all-state team.
In other games that day:
>> Kirk Hori compiled three hits and Isaac Takushi went the distance in Aiea’s 6-1 win over Waialua.
>> Pearl City kept Nanakuli winless with a 16-2 rout behind Cary Oshiro‘s three RBIs in a game shortened by the mercy rule.
>> Rodney Nono scored from second on a single by Mark Gaspar in the ninth inning and Waipahu clipped Waianae 3-2
>> Brian Tamura led off the second inning with a home run and Leilehua beat Moanalua 3-1. Devin Poopaa earned the victory and Brandon Goda took the loss thanks in part to three errors behind him.
>> Randy Murashige blasted a three-run home run off Scott Fujimori at McKinley and the Cougars beat the Tigers 5-4 to improve to 9-1.
>> Guy Kishiba scored on a passed ball after a triple with two outs in the ninth inning and Kalani shocked Farrington 5-4. Aaron Miyakawa surrendered a home run in the bottom of the inning but retired the next three batters to earn the win.
>> Glen Teramae hit a two-run double in the fourth inning and Castle beat rival Kailua 6-4.
>> Kahuku scored three unearned runs in the eighth inning but fell short in a 5-4 loss to Kalaheo. Kea Bush went the distance for the Mustangs and Duane Fraticelli had two hits and two RBIs.
>> Scott Craven drove in three runs and Eric Kadooka, who went 3-for-3, cleared the bases with a 3-run double as Punahou mercy-ruled Kamehameha 14-4 at Iolani field.
>> Damien beat Pac-Five 10-0 in six innings thanks to a one-hitter by Beau Suzuki. Suzuki, who also contributed two RBIs on a single in the first inning, retired the first nine batters he faced before allowing a single to Bobby Kleckner.
>> Ryan Okuhara tied it with a double in the bottom of the fourth and Branden Sumida drove in the winning run with a triple in the sixth and Iolani beat Mid-Pacific 8-5. Okuhara earned his first win of the season on the mound.
>> Baldwin throttled Lanai 10-0 to improve to 5-0 when Jon Viela hit a 3-run home run in a six-run first inning. Colin Yoshida and B.J. Aipa combined to allow one hit and the Bears won the MIL’s first-round title.
>> Derrick Fukushima had three hits and Mathew Jarnesky added two apiece to help Maui over Molokai 8-3 at War Memorial Stadium.
>> Chase Asuncion drove in a pair of runs and St. Anthony beat Lahainaluna 6-1 behind the pitching of Bert Medella and Kaeo Ah Sau.
>> Bobby Hunt went the full seven innings and Cainan Peterson cleared the bases with a triple as Parker blitzed Kohala 13-2.