Kamehameha-Hawaii Dominates in Division II Title Win
Both Konawaena and Kamehameha-Hawaii have been on different ends of big innings over the last few years of BIIF tournament play. This year, the big inning came in favor of the Warriors, as they TKO’d Konawaena 13-0 in a game that ended after five innings because of the league’s mercy rule.
Kamehameha-Hawaii took a 2-0 lead into the third inning, when the flood gates opened on Konawaena starter Jarrett Kitaoka. With one out in the inning, seven consecutive batters reached base. Bronson Pulgados walked, Kupono Correa singled, and Jordan Hirae singled to load the bases. Chad Teshima’s RBI single scored Pulgados to give Kamehameha-Hawaii a 3-0 lead. Then, Keanu Dudoit-Isa walked with the bases loaded, scoring Kobi Candaroma, Correa’s courtesy runner, ending the day for Kitaoka.
With the bases still loaded, Royce Torres-Torioka entered the game for Konawaena and immediately walked Chay Toson to score Hirae, Gideon Kalili then singled in a run to extend the lead to 6-0. The second out of the inning came when Kaimana Moike hit a sacrifice fly to score Dudoit-Isa. Following a Makoa Rosario walk to load the bases, Pulgados drilled a bases-clearing double to cap the eight-run inning.
Kamehameha-Hawaii added to their 10-0 lead with insurance in the fifth inning. Hirae hit a RBI single to score Pulgados, and Kalili smacked a two-run double to center field, making the score 13-0. Konawaena went down in order in the fifth, and the mercy rule was invoked to end the game.
Correa picked up the win for the Warriors, allowing only four hits while walking three and striking out three in three-and-a-a-third innings. Kupono Decker allowed only two hits in relief to finish the game.
Jarrett Kitaoka couldn’t get out of the third inning, pitching two-and-a-third innings, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, on five hits with five walks, a wild pitch, and four strikeouts. Royce Torres-Torioka pitched the next two innings, allowing six earned runs on give hits, walking five batters and striking out two. Shelton Grace finished the game, working two-thirds of an inning, allowing a hit.
Kalili went 2-for-5 with 3 RBI for Kamehameha-Hawaii, while Pulgados went 1-for-2 with 3 RBI, Hirae went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and Teshima went 3-for-4 with an RBI.
Domonic Morris went 2-for 3 for the Wildcats with a first-inning double.
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