HHSAA Softball
PAC-5 walks off Waimea to face Kapaa in D2 title game


Fri, May 17, 2024 @ [ 10:00 am ]

FINAL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Waimea 0 010250891
Pac-FIVE 0 0 30501985

W: Miya Yoshioka    L: Taelor Camelo

P5: Mauliola Zuttermeister 2-3 2 runs 3 rbi HR; Miya Yoshioka 7.0 IP 5 ER 2 K
WAIM: Alia Lazaro 1-4 run 2 rbi HR; Taelor Camelo 6.3 IP 8 ER 5 K

SALT LAKE—PAC-5 keeps its title defense alive as Dahlia Gangano's walk off single lifted the Wolfpack past Waimea, 9-8 at Moanalua's field Friday morning.

In a rematch of last year's title game, the ILH champions and second seeded Wolfpack (11-2-1 overall) bested the Menehunes (6-8 overall) in the semifinals and will take on the tournament's top seed and KIF champion Kapaa at 4:30 pm at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

"It feels really good, our team bonds well and I'm glad I'm part of this team," Gangano said.

In the Pearl City bracket, the top seeded Warriors took a 6-0 lead after two innings and pulled away with three more runs to beat fourth seed and OIA champion Aiea, 11-4.

After the Menehunes tied up the game at 8 with five runs of their own in the sixth, the Wolfpack made a defensive stand in the seventh as Alia Lazaro and Nia Pablo popped out to Naomi Emi Yamane and Miya Yoshioka and Nakaya grounded out to second.

"The final inning was nerve-wracking. We had to shut them down on defense and I'm glad we did that since we were the home team, we had the advantage. I'm glad we got to win," Gangano said.

In the bottom of the seventh Myla Supapaia led off and reached on an error and Yamane moved her over with a sacrifice bunt. Gangano poked her single through the right gap to score Suapaia to end the game.

"I was really pumped up. I wouldn't say I was nervous, I really wanted to hit that ball. So I was I like, ‘I needed to hit that ball'," Gangano said.

The Wolfpack overcame five fielding errors and trailed early on as the Menehunes scored their first run in the third.

Mauliola Zuttermeister went 2 for 3 and drilled a two RBI home run to left field and Kate Iida laced an RBI single for a 3-1 lead.

Shelcee Nakaya (2-for-4) and Taelor Camelo (2-for-3) singled and scored off of Leici-Mae Camara's single and Nakeisha Olivas-Dominguez's sacrifice fly to tie the game at 3 in the fifth.

PAC-5 responded with five runs in the bottom of the fifth. Sofia Chiavetta singled to left field and the Wolfpack loaded the bases, Yoshioka scored off a wild pitch and PAC-5 walked in a pair of runs to take a 8-3 lead.

Lazaro chipped away with a two RBI home run to left field, Pablo reached on an error and Camelo drove in two more runs to trail, 8-7. Kaelyn Banquel tied up the game with a sacrifice fly.

Yoshioka (6-0) pitched a complete game to pick up the win with a pair of strikes and walks.

Camelo (3-5) struck out five and walked seven as eight of the nine runs were earned in the loss.

Waimea was seeking a third-straight title game appearance.

Kapaa will be seeking its first state title since 2022 while PAC-5 is seeking back-to-back title wins since 2010-2011.

Reach Brandon Ching at [email protected].

Show your support

Every contribution, no matter the size, will help ScoringLive continue its mission to provide the best and most comprehensive coverage of high school sports in the state of Hawaii and beyond.

Please consider making a contribution today.




Photo extra: 2024 OIA Awards Banquet

Photos from the 2024 Oahu Interscholastic Association Awards Banquet Friday night at the Ala Moana Hotel...

Mililani's Duranceau headlines All-OIA West selections

The senior outside hitter helped lead the Trojans to the OIA Division I championship match and state...

Castle's Pili-Rumusod named All-OIA East POY

The senior setter set the table with over 300 assists and 100 digs for the Knights, who reached the OIA...

HMSA honors 19th class of Kaimana Awards & Scholarship Program

The ceremony recognized 15 high school seniors and nine high schools for all-around excellence in academics,...

Aiea's Souza headlines All-OIA D2 softball honorees

The Na Alii junior was dominant in the circle and at the plate to help Aiea win the OIA Division II championship.

Kalani sweeps top honors in OIA Division I-East softball

Naomi Stremick's versatile play helped the Falcons represent the OIA D1 East in the state tournament.