ILH Baseball
No. 4 Iolani rallies to hand No. 1 Kamehameha first ILH loss


  



Tue, Mar 26, 2024 @ [ 3:30 pm ]


FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Kamehameha 0 140000573
Iolani 0 0 022026101

W: Kaimana Lau Kong    L: Logan Sanchez

IOL: Cole Ide 2-3 run rbi; Cade Nakama 3.3 IP 0 ER 2 K
KSK: Jace Souza 1-3 run 2 rbi HR; Greyson Osbun 4.0 IP 3 ER 7 K


ALA WAI—And then there were none.

No. 4 Iolani rallied and scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to stun top-ranked Kamehameha, 6-5, at the Raiders' field Tuesday afternoon.

The Raiders won their third-straight to improve to 5-1 in the ILH and snapped the Warriors' three-game winning streak to fall to 3-1 in league play.

On the same afternoon, No. 7 Mid-Pacific (4-1) beat previously unbeaten No. 2 Saint Louis (5-1), 4-1, leaving no unbeaten teams in the ILH.

"Hats off to our kids, they stayed in the game. That's a good Kamehameha team, they're well-coached. We have to appreciate and enjoy the wins in this league. We will get to work tomorrow," Iolani coach Kurt Miyahira said. "It's another day in the ILH, it's a wild league. It's an honor, truly to coach and compete in this league. Everybody can beat everybody and it's an honor to compete in it."

Kaimana Lau Kong reached after Jayden Montero fielded it but slipped as he threw it to first. CJ Taira came in for Lau Kong and Cole Yonamine drew a walk and Ethan Akagi came in as a pinch runner. Taira and Akagi moved a base off a wild pitch and Cole Ide was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Kamehameha made a pitching change, going from Logan Sanchez to Kaikai Kaneshiro. Treyden Chong Kee took a 2-2 count and the fifth pitch bounced and skipped off the dirt to the back fence that scored Taira and Akagi to end the game.

"I zoned out, I didn't see coach Kurt if he was rounding me or anything, I just knew I could impact the game and win it for us and that's what I wanted to do," Akagi said of the game-winning run.

"For us, anytime the baseball is in front, it's your call. That was his call, if he was safe or out, I would've been totally fine with it. That was his call the whole time," Miyahira added.

Akagi, who scored three runs in four games prior to the contest, finished with a pair today.

"Coach Kurt told me I was going to impact the game today. At the start of the game, I didn't believe him, but when I was in that situation and saw the passed ball, that was moment for me to impact the game for our team," Akagi said.

"He is that guy, he is that spark plug that will make something happen. He brings that energy, every team needs and he made it happen. He's always making something happen. I'm proud of him, he's a fearless kid who comes to work everyday and gets after it," Miyahira said of Akagi.

The Warriors scored the first run of the game after Alakai Kiakona singled, who stole second and scored off Kiai Sylvester's grounder past short for a 1-0 lead.

Kamehameha padded their lead with a four-run third inning. Sanchez drew a lead off walk. Bruce Boucher reached on a bunt fielder's choice and Kaleb Flores came in as a courtesy runner. Jace Souza launched a home run over the center right fence to make it, 3-0.

Montero laid down a bunt and Greyson Osbun brought him in with a grounder to right to make it, 4-0. Kiakona grounded out to second for the second out, but Matthew Zarriello's line drive to left field plated Osbun from third for the fifth and final run for the Warriors.

"We have to keep going for whatever reason, we think we got enough, we don't, we lose at the end. Hats off to Iolani," Kamehameha coach Daryl Kitagawa said.

Iolani chipped away scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, Yonamine and Ide each went 2 for 3 from the plate and singled but Osbun struck out the next two batters. They would score off consecutive errors on Montero and Zarriello to trail, 5-2.

"It was our dug out. We stayed in it, we cheered the whole game. Coach Kurt tells us to stick with it and the baseball gods will do its thing and help us win," Akagi said.

"Our guys think we're too good. We're not that good. We have to play baseball. We have to throw strikes, we have to play catch, which we did an awful job today. We'll learn and get better from it. We'll be there at the end, I'll tell you that right now," Kitagawa said.

Osbun pitched four innings on 89 pitches. He struck out seven and walked two and of the four runs, three were earned. Sanchez took the loss with two innings pitched with three strikes and two walks.

"Greyson, that's a high-quality arm that's going to make some college really happy. Our kids battled, but hats off to Greyson, he was unbelievable. We scratched and clawed and had a few bounces go our way," Miyahira said.

In the fifth inning, Judah Ota doubled to left field to lead off and Lau Kong drew a walk. Ota and Lawakua Tiberi, who came in for Lau Kong, moved over a base on a wild pitch. Yonamine plated Ota with a RBI single to center and Ide followed up by bringing Tiberi to get within a run.

"They're line up is tough, they put together good at bats. No easy outs up and down their lineup and credit to them. We'll be better from it and we will see Thursday," Kitagawa said.

"It shows how close our team is and we love each other and we will fight to the very end for each other, no matter what the score is," Akagi said.

In the top of the seventh, Sanchez flew out to Kainalu Kane and Boucher grounded out to third for the first two outs. Oniate walked Souza and he was lifted for Lau Kong. Lau Kong walked Montero and then walked Osbun to load the bases. Lau Kong induced Kiakona to ground out to him as he lobbed it to first to end the threat.

Lau Kong, the fourth pitcher, got the win with 12 pitches despite walking two. Kasyn Amazaki pitched 2 2/3 innings, scattering six hits, five runs were earned. Cade Nakama came in for 3 1/3 innings, surrendering one hit and striking out two.

"Kasyn kept us in the game, Cade Nakama came in a competed and Makana and Mana. I think it was a collective team win. Again, we'll take it, that's a well-coached team right there. We have to keep going, we can't keep to high or low, just keep going," Miyahira said.

Iolani hosts PAC-5 (0-5) on Saturday to close out the week while Kamehameha faces Mid-Pacific on Mar. 26 at Ala Wai.

The Raiders and Warriors are scheduled to play again on Apr. 16 at Central Oahu Regional Park at 3:30 p.m.



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