OIA Softball
No. 3 Waianae blanks No. 4 Mililani


Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ [ 3:00 pm ]

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Mililani 0 0 00000042

W: Mya Keliiwaiwaiole    L: Serenity Jackson    SV: Alohilani Napalapalai

MIL: Kobe Brown 1-3; Serenity Jackson 7.0 IP 4 ER 2 K
WNAE: Paiaala Wilcox-Molina 2-2 run 3 rbi HR; Mya Keliiwaiwaiole 5.0 ER 0 ER 3 K

MILILANI — Paiaala Wilcox-Molina drove in three runs with her first-inning home run and two pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to lead No. 3 Waianae to a 4-0 road win over fourth-ranked Mililani Tuesday afternoon.

The Seariders bounced back from a one-run loss to No. 1 Campbell Saturday to improve to 3-1 on the season. They took over sole possession of second place in the Oahu Interscholastic Association Division I West standings with the victory.

"It's a big accomplishment," Waianae coach Robert Kalaola said. "Everybody is tough, you cannot take anybody lightly. Today we came out ahead. The girls played hard and I think this will boost their confidence. It's a big win."

It didn't take the Seariders long to get on the board. Shaylin Lopes smacked the first pitch of the ball game into left field for a lead off single and Kailah Gates-Coyaso worked the count full against Mililani pitcher Serenity Jackson before drawing a walk. Gates-Coyaso was erased on a fielder's choice to put runners at the corners for Wilcox-Molina.

Before stepping into the batter's box, Wilcox-Molina took a deep breath and drew upon a lesson she learned over the weekend after making the final out against Campbell.

"I really took a step back and instead of being mad and holding it in, I actually let it out this weekend with my teammates," Wilcox-Molina said. "I talked with them, they picked me up, they really pushed me to become a better person and a better teammate, because if one falls down, we all fall down and they really helped me get back on my feet, so when I was coming up to bat I was thinking about them and how I don't want to let my team down."

That, she did not.

The first pitch to Wilcox-Molina was a strike on the outside corner.

"I can drive those," said Wilcox-Molina, a senior designated player. "The umpire was calling a lot of outside pitches, but as a batter I know what I like and if I see it, I'm going to get it, so I took that one strike and I analyzed and I stepped back in the box and I told myself, ‘I'm gonna smash this ball.' "

Wilcox-Molina took the second pitch for a ball to even the count before barreling up the third Jackson offering — a fastball, middle-in — for her third home run of the season.

"It was my pitch and I just stepped and hit," said Wilcox-Molina, whose blast easily cleared the fence in left center. "It went and everything fell into place, how it's supposed to be."

Freshman Mya Keliiwaiwaiole put in five innings of scoreless work with just three hits given up for her second win of the season. Spencer Honda | SL    Purchase image

Kalaola said he expects no less from Wilcox-Molina, a fourth-year varsity player.

"She's got everything, you know? Great person, great attitude. She's been waiting for this whole year," Kalaola said. "When we can get an early lead like that it just boosts the confidence of our young pitching staff — and our defense backed them up — but it's good to be ahead, that way you put the pressure on the other team."

Before she even toed the rubber, freshman pitcher Mya Keliiwaiwaiole had the benefit of a three-run lead. All she proceeded to do was toss five innings of three-hit ball. She struck out three and walked one and was the winning pitcher.

Keliiwaiwaiole, who lowered her ERA to 1.65 and improved to 2-0 on the season, gave way to sophomore Alohilani Napalapalai to start the sixth inning. Napalapalai, who put the rest of the division on notice last year with a breakout freshman season, got the final six outs to notch her second save of the year.

"I think it gives all of us confidence in a way, because we know that Mya can finish the job — anywhere she goes she can do the job — and then with Alohi, she's one of our top players and her coming in, we know she can finish the job and we know that our defense will back her no matter what," Wilcox-Molina said. "We all just have each other's back and whenever Alohi comes in and steps on that mound, we all know she's got it."

The duo of Keliiwaiwaiole and Napalapalai limited Mililani to just six base runners, with only two of them getting beyond second base.

The Trojans' best scoring chance was dashed in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Kamie Matsukawa got on with a one-out bunt single and moved over to third base on a pair of Keliiwaiwaiole wild pitches to leadoff batter Rylee Nishimoto. However, the freshman hurler batted back from behind in the count to get Nishimoto to fly out to center fielder Daelyn Stephens, who fired a frozen rope to get a tagging Matsukawa out at the plate for the inning-ending double play.

"We practice that every day, so the confidence was there that she would make that throw," Kalaola said of the play by Stephens, another freshman.

It was the last batter faced for Keliiwaiwaiole, who allowed one earned run on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks in six innings of work in a no-decision against Campbell.

"I was so happy with that. It fired us up a lot," Keliiwaiwaiole said of the play at the plate. "I was really down on myself for all those (wild) pitches, but that's the thing, whenever I make a mistake, they always come back and help me and bring me back up. I saw that ball come in and I knew it was gonna be good."

Waianae added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on Gates-Coyaso's RBI-sacrifice fly to score Xailey Kamealoha.

All four runs allowed by Jackson (1-1) were earned. She gave up five hits, walked four batters and struck out two in a complete-game effort.

Wilcox-Molina called the win over the Trojans a "big statement."

"We want it way more this season than any season I've ever played on this team," she said. "That Campbell loss, we had to feel it, we had to get punched in the face so that we know what it feels like and it helped us to bond a little bit more as one. Coming here today and actually putting the ball in play, getting our defense on, it controlled the game — we controlled the game — and it made a big difference."

It was the second straight loss for the Trojans, who fell to 2-2. After scoring 25 runs in their first two games, they have managed just one run in their last 14 innings.

Waianae will look to keep the ball rolling when it visits No. 9 Pearl City 2-2) Friday afternoon.

Mililani will also play on the road next. It visits winless Aiea (0-5) Saturday morning.

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