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Kalani Takase | ScoringLiveMarch 16, 2018, 8:18pm
Fri, Mar 16, 2018 @ [ 3:00 pm ]
W: Cade Halemanu L: Shaden Ramelb
KAP: Chico Anguay 1-3 run dbl; Gordon DeLima 2.6 IP 0 ERPC: Cade Halemanu 2-4 run 3 rbi trp / 6.0 ER 0 ER 5 K
KAPOLEI — Cade Halemanu did it all for Pearl City Friday afternoon.
Halemanu scattered three hits over six shut out innings and batted 2 for 4 with three runs driven in to lift the Chargers to their third consecutive victory in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I West with a 8-4 road win over Kapolei.
Pearl City improved to 4-1 to pull even with fifth-ranked Campbell atop the D1 West standings.
Kapolei dropped its third straight game to fall to 1-4. It sits in sixth place in the seven-team division.
The Chargers posted an early lead, then separated with a five-run fifth inning before holding off a seventh-inning push from the Hurricanes — only after Halemanu had exited the game.
Kapolei was only able to muster six base runners against Halemanu. None of them got beyond second base.
"He had a good pitch count today," Pearl City first-year coach Wes Yonamine said of Halemanu, who struck out five and walked none.
"He got ahead of them and threw a lot of strikes. He had command of his fast ball and he got ahead of guys, so his pitch count was low."
The senior right-hander threw 50 of his 64 total pitches for strikes and reached just one three-ball count in 23 batters faced. He fell behind in a count only three times.
"It was just a really good day. I mean, I didn't have my best curveball — I didn't have my best stuff today — but the defense worked hard and we came out with the W," said Halemanu, who improved to 2-0 with an earned-run average of 0.82 on the season.
The Hurricanes' only two hits through the first innings came on infield singles. It wasn't until clean-up hitter Dreyden Kawewehi doubled to center field to lead off the bottom of the fourth that they were able to square up an offering from Halemanu.
"I just missed that spot," Halemanu said.
Halemanu came back to strike out Jeremiah Lono and Alex Rodriguez — both looking — on just seven pitches before getting Chico Anguay to ground out to shortstop to get out of the jam.
"He pitched a hell of a game. He was in rhythm and it was just tough for our guys to figure him out," Kapolei coach Tom Ebanez said.
"It just seemed like everything was working for him today. He got some of our good batters to ground out and it's hard when somebody is on like that. He's a good pitcher. You can't fall behind (against him)."
But that's just what the ‘Canes did.
Matt Aribal led off the game with a triple and came in to score two batters later on an RBI groundout by Sam Prentice.
"That was big. Any time you get that first run that really helps," Yonamine said.
Halemanu couldn't agree more.
"Definitely. Pitching with a lead is much easier," he said.
Pearl City added to its lead with Halemanu's two-out triple in the third inning, which plated Shawn Iwane and Prentice.
In his first at-bat, Halemanu flied out to right field after working the count full. He said seeing six pitches in his first plate appearance helped him barrel up the 1-1 offering from Kapolei starter Shaden Ramelb in his second.
"That was just a curveball hanging and I got a pretty good swing on it," Halemanu said.
The Chargers sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five runs on four hits and were aided by two Kapolei errors in the top of the fifth.
Aribal led off the inning with a single and came in to score on an RBI single by Halemanu. Christian Pacrem followed with a two-run double to score Prentice from third and Kendric Nakamura — the courtesy runner for Halemanu — from second. Carter Hirano then reached on an error and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Skyler DeLima, who took over for Ramelb with one out in the inning.
"Right now we're kind of in an identity crisis and we've got to work on trying to find ourselves and if we do, and play not to lose, but play to win, we'll be fine," Ebanez said.
Halemanu retired nine of his final 10 batters faced before giving way to reliever Jansen Shigeta for the seventh inning.
Kapolei recorded five of its eight hits for the game in the seventh, when it sent eight batters to the plate and scored all four runs.
Andrei Stoyanow batted 2 for 4 with an RBI and Nathan Solis and Landon Kuroda drove drove in a run in the loss.
Ramelb was charged with all eight runs as the losing pitcher. The senior southpaw allowed seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two in 98 pitches.
DeLima allowed one hit and walked three over 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The teams will rematch on Apr. 11 at Pearl City.
Both teams' next games are Wednesday. The Chargers will host Waipahu (0-5), while the Hurricanes will visit Mililani (3-1).
Semifinals feature Saint Francis vs. Damien and Lahainaluna vs. Punahou.
The Warriors edged defending champ Iolani to begin regular season play.
The Falcons have not dropped a contest in four weeks.
The Raiders banged 11 triples and outscored host Na Menehune by 13 after halftime.
Kapolei jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Warriors hit eight treys, never trailed the Hurricanes and led by as many as 36 points.