Posted: May 10, 2012 - 11:21pm
Baldwin holds off Hilo to reach Division I title game
The Bears (15-1), the fourth seed of the tournament, will play third-seeded Waiakea (19-0) in the first all-Neighbor Island title game since 1984, when Baldwin beat Waimea. Game time is 7 p.m. Friday.
The Vikings (15-6) will play Pearl City (11-7) for third place at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Murakami.
Shishido took a no-hitter into the fifth, when he gave up back-to-back singles to Travis Higa-Gonsalves and Micah Ka'aukai. The runners advanced on a sacrifice by Elijah Cruz, but Shishido struck out pinch hitter Patricio Tsue and retired Randall Iha on a grounder to second to preserve Baldwin's 5-1 lead.
Shishido ran into trouble in the seventh. Jodd Carter led off by reaching on shortstop Branden Kaupe's throwing error and Higa was hit by a pitch. After Ka'aukai flied out to left, Cruz's double scored Carter and put runners at second and third with one out. Kian Kurokawa waas hit b a pitch to load the bases before Iha lined out to short. Representing the tying run, Chaye Ka'aua hit a grounder to third, where third baseman Rahni Pantorilla forced the runner at second to end the game.
Hilo took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when Iha led off by getting hit b a pitch and two outs later, scored from third when Koa Matson reached on a two-base throwing error by third baseman Pantrollia.
But the Bears, with the aid of two errors, sent 10 batters up in a five-run second to take a lead they would not relinquish. Three of the runs were unearned. Jameson Kahalekai-Bermoy had a bases-loaded RBI single that reloaded the bases to set up Lane Kashiwamura's RBI HBP and Aaron Nalaeiha Victorino's bases-loaded walk to make it 3-1. Daulton Cabacungan reached on an error that scored the fourth run and Kaupe's sacrifice fly to right make it 5-1 against Hilo starter Konrad Kauffman, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings.
The Bears padded their lead in the fifth on an RBI single by Anoai Moe-Keahi.
May 10, 2012
Baldwin's Troy Shishido gets set to throw a pitch against Hilo. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Baldwin's Jameson Kahalekai-Bermoy reaches out to make a catch against Hilo. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Hilo's Chayce Ka'aua makes a play on a grounder against Baldwin. Greg Yamamoto | SL