Posted: April 14, 2012 - 11:57pm
Waipahu rides big fifth inning to top Radford, 10-6
Waipahu's Micah Luke makes contact with a pitch for a two-run single against Radford in the fifth. Brien Ing | SL
The Rams struck first in the bottom of the first, scoring the game's opening run on fielder's choice that allowed Harley Thompson, to come home from third.
Dylan Sugimoto would tie up the score in the top of the second, driving a double down the right field line that would bring home Joshua Maglangit from first.
Radford would plate three runs in the bottom of the third, the first on a Kevin-Tyler Owens single that scored Jesus Tenorio, and two more on Roscoe Kalilikane double to left that drove in Derek Rodrigues from third and brought in Austin Jackson on a throwing error.
Waipahu would score three runs in the top of fourth to tie the score at 4-4, but Rams' hitters would continue to put on the pressure, collecting another two runs on three hits in the fourth inning, making for a total of ten base hits given up by Waipahu starter Drake Yoshioka.
But Yoshioka would not surrender another hit to a Radford batter down the stretch, and Waipahu would mount a big comeback in the fifth.
The Marauders would send 10 batters to the plate in the inning, starting with a deep shot to left by Matapua Tulafale for a leadoff double. Tulafale would later advance to third on a wild pitch and score on a balk to trim the Radford lead to 6-5.
Next, Guy Villanueva would touch home plate for the second run in the inning, moving from second to third on one passed ball, and scoring on a second.
Sugimoto would collect his second hit and RBI of the afternoon, placing a grounder through the gap between third and short to score Justin Padilla to take the lead at 7-6.
Then, Micah Luke would step up with the bases loaded and lace a single to center to bring home Alex Tabar and Sugimoto, increase the Marauders' lead at 9-6.
Sugimoto and Luke would combine for 4 hits, 2 runs and 3 RBI.
"Our veteran guys... Drake (Yoshioka), Dylan (Sugimoto), Jarinn (Abreu), Micah (Luke) they kind of settled everybody, and made the plays when we had to." said head coach Milton Takenaka.
Yoshioka may have struggled early, but seemed to find his rhythm from the fifth onward, retiring six straight Rams, including three consecutive by strikeout.
"Kind of went back to simple mechanics that I've been working on all this time, and I had to really settle down. I was letting the crowd kind of get to me." said Yoshioka.
Waipahu would add an insurance run in the seventh, giving Yoshioka a three-run cushion to get the final three outs.
The Rams would make things a bit interesting in the last of the seventh, moving a runner into scoring position with just one out, but Yoshioka would shut the door down the stretch, getting his ninth strikeout of the game for out number two, and inducing a routine grounder back to the mound to end it.
"It's tough (playing Radford)... a really intense game, really high emotion. I guess it all comes down to who makes the less errors." added Yoshioka.
April 14, 2012
Waipahu starter Drake Yoshioka gets set to throw a pitch to the plate against Radford. Brien Ing | SL
Waipahu first baseman Justin Maglangit celebrates the final out of the game against Radford. Brien Ing | SL