ILH Baseball
Iolani outslugs Kamehameha to remain unbeaten


Tue, Mar 12, 2019 @ [ 3:30 pm ]

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Iolani 4 3 0410X12151

W: Aaron Ujimori    L: Kelena Sauer

IOL: Shane Sasaki 4-4 4 runs 4 rbi dbl 2 HR; Aaron Ujimori 4.3 IP 2 ER 7 K
KSK: Javyn Pimental 2-3 run 4 rbi HR; Kelena Sauer 3.0 ER 7 ER 5 K

KAPIOLANI — Second-ranked Iolani built a commanding lead in the first four innings and held off a late Kamehameha charge to win, 12-6, at the Raiders' field Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders (4-0) recorded their third game with double digit hits this season and pounded the fifth-ranked Warriors (3-1) with 15 total hits and scored 11 runs in the first four innings to remain unbeaten in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I standings.

Senior centerfielder Shane Sasaki went a perfect 4 for 4 from the plate to record four RBIs, a double and two home runs.

Blake Hiraki added a two RBI home run and Micah Yonamine went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and leadoff hitter Shaydon Kubo was 3 for 3 with a triple for the Raiders.

"We have a lot of good kids out here that play for each other and they are a good group of guys. We've been together for a while and we took our lumps when these kids were freshmen and sophomores. They put in a lot of work and fortunately the ball is bouncing our way. We'll enjoy the win and get back to work tomorrow," Iolani coach Kurt Miyahira said.

Aaron Ujimori picked up the win for Iolani going 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking two, and of the three runs, two were earned on 85 pitches.

Kamehameha's Kelena Sauer took the loss with three innings pitched and was tagged with nine hits and seven runs — all earned. The Warriors went through four pitchers after Sauer's exit.

"They have quality arms and there are guys who will give everyone trouble, including us. That's a good club over there and they'll be back. I think Daryl (Kitagawa) is doing a great job with them," Miyahira said.

Aaron Ujimori recorded the win with 4 1/3 innings of work and seven strikeouts. He also went 2 for 2 at the plate with a two-RBI single to put the Raiders up 7-0 in the second inning. Brien Ing | SL    Purchase image

Kubo led the game off with a single and took second on a passed ball then scored off of Micah Miyahira's single to right center. Yonamine crushed a double to right field as Sasaki took the plate. He fell behind in the count but belted a deep home run over the fence to put the Raiders up 4-0.

"I was trying to put the ball in play. I'm not looking to try and hit a home run. To me, I got lucky and got under it a little bit," Sasaki said.

Iolani continued the hitting onslaught in the second inning as Kubo led off with a single and moved to second on Yonamine's shot to center. Sasaki brought in a run with a single that zipped past first base and Ujimori, who went 2 for 2, cleaned up the inning with a two RBI single for a 7-0 lead.

Josiah Pekelo doubled to left field and scored on Iolani's lone error of the game for Kamehameha's first run.

Sasaki led off the fourth with his second home run of the game as he laced a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence.

"I was again behind the count and I was trying to put the ball in play and make contact," Sasaki said of his second home run.

Ujimori singled and Taner Aranaydo's RBI double and Hiraki's two RBI home run put the Raiders up 11-1 after four innings.

"That always helps, but we got to play all seven and we can't be complacent and we have to finish games," Miyahira said of the early cushion.

Kamalu Tuasivi led off the fifth with a single for the Warriors who were in desperation mode to keep the game going. After Beau Sylvester struck out, Kaeden Shim landed a single into right field. Iolani lifted Ujimori and brought in Andrew Quemado, whose first pitch beaned Hanu Racoma to load the bases. Javyn Pimental took Quemado's 1-1 pitch over the right field for fence for a grand slam to stave off mercy rule as the Warriors trailed 11-5.

"It's a really tough league, there's no free outs and we have to be better at closing the deal," Miyahira said.

"We have to work on focusing from the start of the game to the end of the game. We kind of lost focus in the end and started relaxing and that's what happens. They're going to come back if you let them back in," Sasaki added.

Iolani answered as Sasaki scored his fourth run of the game on Jacob Hinderleider's single to left field, but Hinderleider was caught stealing second to end the inning.

Momentum from the fifth inning seemed to carry over to the sixth as Keala Alcon led off with a single and took second on a steal. Quemado struck out the next two batters before Shim scored Alcon to cut Iolani's lead in half.

Tuasivi, the fifth pitcher used in the afternoon, beaned Ujimori but sparked a key 1-6-3 double play and Hiraki flew out to right field to hold Iolani scoreless and hitless in the sixth inning.

Joshua Fournier came in the seventh to strike out Pimental. Paa Elarionoff doubled but Maka Katagiri and Kobe Iwai grounded out to short and second, respectively, to end the game.

"It was about going out there and getting outs and competing to the end," Miyahira said.

"We had to refocus and we had to stay calm and do what we normally do," Sasaki said of finally shutting the door on the Warriors.

Iolani hosts Maryknoll on Thursday, March 14 while Kamehameha plays Hanalani at Central Oahu Regional Park on the same afternoon.

Both teams are scheduled to meet again on April 4 at Ala Wai Field.

Reach Brandon Ching at [email protected].




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