ILH Softball
Kamehameha-Kapalama hammers Iolani to remain unbeaten


Sat, Mar 9, 2024 @ [ 7:00 pm ]

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W: Kiani Soller    L: Molly Dyer

KSK: Mariah Antoque 4-5 3 rbi dbl HR; Kiani Soller 6.0 IP 3 ER 6 K
IOL: Mia Carbonell 2-3 run rbi HR

Kamehameha-Kapalama diversified itself at the plate and scored in every frame to rout Iolani, 13-3, in six innings in the night cap of an ILH Division I doubleheader at McKinley's Tiger Softball Stadium.

After beating Maryknoll (0-1) on Wednesday with a 12-hit day, the Warriors followed up with a dominating win over the Raiders (0-1) with 14 hits to improve to 2-0 in the league standings.

"Just focus and discipline. The girls are great. They love each other and they love playing for each other. We have a lot of great veterans and leaders. They got a taste of where they want to go and what they want to do. The ILH is scary and anyone can win on any given day. We don't take anyone lightly," Kamehameha coach Mark Lyman said.

Mia Carbonell led the way for the Raiders at the plate going 2 for 3 and cranked a solo home run for an early 1-0 lead.

Short stop Mua Williams, a University of Georgia commit, was perfect from the plate going 3 for 3 with three runs and three RBI. Bobbi Cambra went 2 for 3 with three RBI and pair of doubles for the Warriors.

Kamehameha fell behind with the first two outs, but Williams, Kezia Lucas, and Marley Espiau walked to load the bases. Cambra followed up by lacing a double to centerfield to plate all base runners for a 3-1 lead.

"We always work on being a team that can change it up and keep the other team on their toes. Being able to lay down a bunt and also for the next girl to hit a home run, it's a blessing for this team," Antoque said.

Antoque settled in at the plate and blasted a home run in the second inning to make it, 4-1. She would finish 4 for 5 with three RBI and a double.

"After my first at bat, I was trying to stay approach and stay in my swing and not do too much but I got lucky it flew over the fence," Antoque said. "After I hit the home run, I was able to settle and be relaxed and nerves went away."

Williams led off the third inning by uncorking a homer over the centerfield fence. Kiani Soller (1-0) pitched six innings with six strikeouts, three walks and scattered five Iolani hits to pick up the win. At the plate, her sacrifice fly gave the Warriors a 6-1 lead.

Antoque led off with a double in the bottom of the fourth and Williams plated her with a single to right and Lucas doubled to score Williams as Kamehameha extended their lead by two more runs.

"We talk about winning the inning. If they put up a zero, we have to get one. That's what we teach them. At the end, win the inning, we can win the game. We want to get the mentality of whatever it takes," Lyman said.

"It's amazing how we can apply into the game. We work a lot at not just being a hitting team but being able to manufacture runs and laying down bunts, slashing and hitting. It's good to see it in the game," Antoque said.

Molly Dyer (0-1) was tagged with the loss, eight runs were earned as she walked five as Lehua Acoba took over in the fifth inning.

Alexis Ahlo-Garcia reached on an error and Kiana Aga moved her over with a base hit. Antoque plated her third base runner and Williams brought in Mikaela Scarborough for a commanding 10-1 lead.

"We're putting in a lot of work during the week, making adjustments. Learning to hit pitches might not necessarily be strikes but things we can drive and taking good approaches in the box," Antoque said.

Iolani strung together a two run inning in the top sixth and tried to cut into the deficit. Maddie Ueyama and Carbonell singled and Hunter Salausa-Galletes drilled an RBI single to centerfield. Payton Willing drew a walk to load the bases. Baleigh Aldosa-Kalaola plated a run with a hit to centerfield. Soller fanned Sophia Ann Griffin and Emi Hugo grounded out to first for the two outs.

"It's good for us to focus in like that and narrow in. Continue to play and don't worry about what's happening. Let's get an out. One out leads to another out, which leads to another out and we'll be fine," Lyman said as Iolani threatened in the sixth.

"It was good for us. We tell each other to finish and to work hard for Kiani to push through it and for eight of the other girls to have her back," Antoque added.

Cambra doubled to lead off the sixth inning and Soller scored her. Ahlo-Garcia reached on an error and Antoque singled and advanced on an error. Landri Nakano ended the game by bringing in Ahlo-Garcia.

"That's the things we've been working on. We don't want to rely just on the long ball. If that stat is not there, we have to find ways to manufacture runs. One of the things we've been working on is how to manufacture runs, how to put pressure on the defense and move runners around. For us it's about being a complete team, we don't want to just hit home runs. They're great and good to have but if you can put that down and run around the bases, that's fun too," Lyman said.

Kamehameha takes on Mid-Pacific on Monday, Mar. 18. Iolani takes on Punahou on Monday, Mar. 11.

Both teams are scheduled to play again at Ala Wai on Mar. 21 and Apr. 4.

Reach Brandon Ching at [email protected].

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