ILH Softball
Sniffen, No. 7 Maryknoll shut down No. 6 Punahou


Mon, Mar 27, 2023 @ [ 4:00 pm ]

FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Maryknoll 1 005002890
Punahou 0 0 00000024

W: Jenna Sniffen    L: Justice Tiberi

PUN: Shayla Yamashita 1-2 dbl; Justice Tiberi 3.3 IP 2 ER
MS: Briana-Lynn Sarae 3-4 2 runs rbi; Jenna Sniffen 7.0 IP 0 ER 4 K

Jenna Sniffen tossed a two-hitter and No. 7 Maryknoll broke open the game with a five-run fourth inning to roll by No. 6 Punahou, 8-0, at Rice Field Monday afternoon.

After a tough 8-6 loss to No. 3 Iolani (7-1) two days ago, the Spartans picked up a much needed win against their cross-street rivals to improve to 4-4 in the ILH Division I standings.

"It felt good, it was a good team win. My team did a really good job bouncing back from the past couple games. I hope this will show them the team that we are. This game is going to be key to our peaking as a team," Sniffen said.

The Buffanblu, after posting a 19-14 win over Maryknoll on Mar. 15, dropped three of their next four games to fall to 4-4 in the standings.

Sniffen (2-1) pitched a complete game and had a no-hitter through four innings. She finished with four strikeouts and five walks. At the plate, she went 2-for-2 and scored a run.

"Everything was pretty much working and my defense was backing me up," Sniffen said.

Briana-Lynn Sarae (3-for-4 at the plate) led off the top of the inning with a single to right and Sniffen followed up with another single and Sarae scored off an error to get Maryknoll on the scoreboard.

"My team has been working really hard these past couple weeks. These next couple games were challenging and we worked really hard. Getting this win is really rewarding for us and hopefully it boosts our confidence a little bit of what we can really do," Sniffen said.

In the bottom of the third inning, Sniffen struck out Shayla Yamashita and Aliya Hashimoto grounded out to short for the first two outs. Punahou threatened as Taryn Ho and Shonty Passi each drew walks and Ho stole third and Passi stole second but were stranded after Austyn Kinney lined out to third to end the inning.

The Spartans broke open the game in the top of the fourth and never looked back. Kasi Cruz and Amber Rayray (2-for-4) each singled to open the top of the fourth and moved over a base on Dylan Neves' sacrifice bunt and forced a pitching change.

Justice Tiberi went 3 1/3 innings, scattered six hits, of the three runs, two were earned in the loss.

On a full count, Sarae hit her second single to bring in Cruz and Sniffen was intentionally walked to load the bases. Tasi Taufahema came into the circle and pitched 1 2/3 innings. She walked Palehua Silva that brought in a run. Marley Spencer hit a hard grounder that plated Sarae and Jaycie Simpliciano drew another walk that scored Sniffen to make it, 5-0. Karlie Espinoza grounded out to second to complete the five-run inning to take a 6-0 lead.

"It's comforting to know you have room if there are any mistakes in the circle and it's nice to have that leeway and you have your defense behind your back. If I fall behind in the count, I can trust my defense," Sniffen said.

Abrye Kapana worked a full count and broke up Sniffen's no-hit bid in the bottom of the fourth with a single to right. Maryknoll's defense picked it up after Sydney Capello grounded out to Silva, Sniffen fanned Kealohalani Cox, and Lexi Hinahara grounded out on a 3-4 put out.

The Spartans scored their final runs in the top of the seventh. Espinoza led off with a single to center and Cruz walked then moved over a base on Rayray's ground out to third. Neves brought in a run despite grounding out to first. Sarae and Sniffen walked to load the bases and Silva drew the final run off a walk.

Yamashita pitched the final two innings, scattering a hit, walking four and striking out one. At the plate, she was 1-for-2 and had a double in the bottom of the seventh.

Maryknoll hosts No. 5 Kamehameha-Kapalama (5-3) on Mar. 29 while Punahou hosts Iolani on the same afternoon.

The Spartans and Buffanblu are scheduled to meet for the regular season finale at Sand Island on Apr. 8.

Reach Brandon Ching at [email protected].

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