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Kalani falls 3-2 to Waipahu
WAIPAHU - After Dylan Sugimoto gave everything he had on the mound, Tyler Enos made sure his pitcher didn't have to give any more.
Enos' chop single to right with the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted host Waipahu over Kalani, 3-2, Wednesday in first-round action of the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red baseball tournament.
The Marauders (7-6), the West's fourth seed, advance to Thursday's quarterfinal at East top seed Kailua (9-3).
This was a do-or-die game for both. Kalani's season ended at 7-6.
"From the beginning, I was telling myself I'm going all the way," Sugimoto said. "This could've been my last high school game. After the seventh inning, I told my coach, no matter wha, I'm going out for the eighth inning. I wasn't going to take myself out. I knew I was at 115, 120 (pitches); I ended up with 130-something. I mean, if this was going to be my last high school game, you may as well go (all) out."
"It was two teams coming out," Enos said. "We're fighting. One team has to go home, one team moves on."
Sugimoto used 135 pitches en route to the complete-game win, allowing two runs (one earned) and eight hits, while striking out six. His biggest pitch came in the top of the eighth when facing in-game nemesis Brandon Roberts, the Falcons' cleanup hitter. Roberts was 3 for 3 and drove in both of the Falcons' run. With runners at second and third with two out, Sugimoto got Roberts on a routine pop out to second to end the threat. His teammates made sure he would leave the game the winning pitcher by scoring the bottom of the frame.
"We battled to the end," Waipahu coach Jared Abreu said. "I told them this is the last inning because Dylan wasn't going out (to pitch) in the next inning. I told them, 'Let's get these runners on and see what happens from there.'"
In the bottom of the eighth, catcher Greyson Fuentes reached on fielding error and was lifted for courtesy runner Brandon Tom, who advanced to second on sacrifice by Rustin Ho, who reached safely on another error. Both runners advanced on Justin Padilla's sacrifice. Sugimoto, who tripled and scored a run earlier in the game, was intentionally walked for his second consecutive plate appearance to load the bases.
With the infield drawn in to stop the potential winning run, Kobie Russell hit a grounder to the right side that was stopped by a diving second baseman Sean Romo, who fired home to force out Tom. With the bases still loaded, Enos hit a high chopper over Romo into right field for the game-winning single.
"Was pretty tense," Enos said of his last at-bat. "I've been in that situation before. The first time I came up in that situation, I didn't come through. This time, the ball fell in our favor."
The game was a classic pitchers' duel between Waipahu's Sugimoto and Kalani starter Reece Kakugawa and Asuncion. Kakugawa allowed two runs, six hits and three walks with one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. Asuncion pitched four-plus innings, allowing an unearned run, three hits and three walks with two strikeouts.
"We really don't have an ace," Kalani coach Shannon Hirai said. "We just wanted to change the momentum (by relieving Kakukawa). He was getting erratic, where we were setting up, he was going totally opposite. I don't know if he was tired or not, but we felt we needed a change."
The Falcons took a 1-0 lead against Sugimoto in the top of the first inning. Romo reached on a two-base error, went to third when Sato flied out to right and scored on Roberts' single to deep short.
Waipahu tied it in the bottom of the third when Sugimoto led off with a triple to deep center and scored when Russell reached on a fielding error.
The Marauders took the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Fuentes led off with a double down the left-field line, took third on Ho's sacrifice and scored on Justin Padilla's sacrifice fly to center.
Kalani tied it in the sixth, but not without some drama.
With Asuncion leading off the inning, he ran a 2-2 count after six pitches, the last two pitches being fouled off. Two strange occurrences happened. Sugimoto wanted a different ball after the last foul ball. The next thing was Waipahu pitching coach Oly Gante getting ejected by the home plate umpire.
"He kicked out one of our coaches because he said we were laughing at him about a foul tip that hit him," Abreu said. "But all we said was 'good pitch.' But he said that was unsportsmanlike."
Abreu objected to the ejection and an argument ensued. During the break in action, Sugimoto began warming up with his third baseman. That brought out Kalani's Hirai to argue that a pitcher cannot take warmup tosses when time is called.
It was about 10 minutes before all was said and done. Abreu said he would appeal the ejection of his assistant; if the ejection is upheld, Gante would have to sit out Thursdays' quarterfinal.
When play resumed, Asuncion grounded a double down the left-field line and went to third on Romo's sacrifice. Sato bounced out to the pitcher, holding the runner at third. With first base open, the Marauders elected to face Roberts, who delivered a line single to center to score Asuncion.
"He's a good hitter, puts the ball in play, great hands," Sugimoto said of Roberts. "The only way you're going to be the best is to pitch to the best. I just wanted to challenge him. Coach called a changeup; I wasn't really throwing it the whole game and I decided to try and trust it, threw it, hung it and he just put it in the right spot. I have to tip my hat off to him."
The Falcons threatened in the top of the eighth. Payton Awaya reached on a chop single to the left side. Asuncion tried to bunt the runner over, but he was called out when Sugimoto's throw to first hit the back of Asuncion, who was running outside of the three-foot box and was ruled out. The dead ball play also meant Awaya had to return to first.
"We have no reason to be running inside," Hirai said. "He would've been safe…(it) was just trying to make something happen by running inside the baseline by two feet. Hard to even argue that (play)."
Romo's single to shortstop put runners at first and second before Sato struck out. A double steal put runners and second and third with the dangerous Roberts at the plate. With first base open, Waipahu still elected to pitch to Roberts.
"He wasn't catching up on Dylan's fastball," Abreu explained. "The previous at-bats I (called) for off-speed. I told Dylan, 'Just throw fastball. He hit 'em, he hit 'em.'"
After the runners made the double steal, Sugimoto retired Roberts with a harmless pop to second to end the threat. Boxscore
Kalani offense too much for Castle
Kalani shut the door early on Castle, capturing a 10-1 victory on Saturday at Castle.The Falcons finish the regular season in fifth place in the OIA East with a 7-5 record.
Ian Higa was solid at the plate for Kalani. Ian went 3-4 and scored two runs. He singled in the first, third, and seventh innings.
Micah Kawano was in control on the hill. Micah Kawano held Castle hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out none.
Dallas Asuncion recorded the win for the Falcons. He tossed two innings of shutout ball. Dallas struck out one, walked none and gave up one hit. Boxscore
Hits kept on coming in Kaiser's 11-0 triumph of Kalani
April 9, 2014
By Stacy Kaneshiro
WAIPIO - Noah Sakatani did not get in on Kaiser's 15-hit parade, but he was certainly the beneficiary of it in the Cougars' 11-0 rout of Kalani Saturday at the Patsy T. Mink Central O'ahu Regional Park.
The fourth-place Cougars (6-4) pulled a half-game ahead of the Falcons (6-5) in the O'ahu Interscholastic Association Red East in a game called after five innings because of the 10-run differential mercy rule.
The first inning, it seemed, was not going to end for the Falcons.
"They just found all the holes," Kalani coach Shannon Hirai said. "It was one of those days where anything you do just couldn't go right."
The Falcons have lost three in a row and strangely, have allowed 11 runs in each of those games. They have a bye on Wednesday before closing out the regular season Saturday at Castle. To keep sharp and give some seldom-used pitchers some work, Kalani will scrimmage at Mililani.
"We have to go back and work at it," Hirai said. "That's all we can do." Boxscore
Kalani boots game against Roosevelt
April 9, 2014
Kalani lost 11-4 to Roosevelt Wednesday at Stevenson and a chance at second place in the OIA East.
Ryan Sato continued his assault on pitchers had two extra-base hits for the Falcons. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third and seventh innings.
Payton Awaya and Reyn Shitanishi also added to the hit parade by going 2-4, 2-RBI's, and 3-4, RBI respectively. Boxscore
Ryan Sato, Male Athlete of the Week
Kalani Takase | SL reporter
April 8, 2014
One of the hottest teams in the Oahu Interscholastic Association right now is Kalani and part of the engine that has fueled the Falcons' offense has been senior third baseman Ryan Sato.
In three games last week Sato batted 8 for 11 (.727 batting average) with four RBIs and five runs scored.
"I think it was just that he was relaxed more and just going out and playing," Kalani coach Shannon Hirai said of Sato. "Of course, all three games were good games for us and he was one of the guys that have been real consistent for us in the last three or four games."
Sato had been struggling entering last week's set of games. His batting average was down at .143 (2 of 18) before Sato busted out with a 3-for-4 effort in a 16-8 win over Moanalua last Monday. He drove in his first run two runs of the season and also came around to score three times.
"We had been waiting for it to come in a game, because we see it every day in practice, it's just that he's been in a slump up until then," Hirai said.
Two days later, Sato again batted 3 for 4 with another RBI and run scored in an 11-1 win over Kalaheo. He closed out the week by going 2 for 3, driving in a run and scoring another in an 11-6 loss to Kailua Saturday.
Sato, who bats third in the Kalani lineup and plays third base, is in his first season on the team after transferring from Iolani this year.
"I think when he transferred over, he wasn't sure if he was going to play, so getting him back into baseball shape kind of took a while for him," said Hirai, who is happy that Sato opted to don a Falcons' uniform this season. "As a seventh- and eighth-grader, he worked out with Lenn (Sakata), so his teammates knew him and a lot of them are his teammates from Little League, so they helped to encourage him to come out."
A nagging quadriceps injury has slowed down Sato all year long, according to Hirai, but he is still managed a stolen base in each of his last three games.
"He's actually faster than he's showing right now," Hirsai said. "Hopefully by next week he'll be back to full speed."
In the short time that Hirai has coached Sato, he has come to appreciate his business-like attitude.
"He hardly talks, he's very quiet and he's a very good student," Hirai said. "He's very quiet, but on the field he's very competitive and I think that he brings a different aspect to our kids to see how competitive he is coming from a different program."
Kalani has scored 71 runs, which leads the OIA Red, and allowed 38, which ranks seventh of 14 teams and fourth in the East. The Falcons had won five straight until Saturday and are third in their division.
"Offensively, the biggest thing is we're actually sticking to our hitting plan," Hirai said. "In the preseason we didn't stick to it and they were pressuring to hit he ball, but now that we're relaxed, we're executing our hitting plan a little better, but the key for us is being able to play relaxed. When we lost games, at times we started to tighten up and didn't play very well, but we're more than capable of playing with anybody if we don't put too much pressure on ourselves."
Hirai says that it's the other side of the ball that has most of his attention as the regular-season comes to a close next week.
"Right now I'm fairly comfortable with two of our pitchers, but we need to find a third or fourth for a four-day tournament like the OIAs," Hirai said. "I think a key for the playoffs will be who can peak at the right now. It's very competitive this year and I think a lot has to do with a lot of the teams being very young."
Kalani drops key game to Kailua
April 5, 2014
Kalani gave up 11 runs on 11 base hits to Kailua, and lost 7-2 to Kailua at Kahala Field.
The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Falcons, marking the first loss Kalani has suffered since March 12, a 2-0 defeat at Kailua.
Ryan Sato continued his hot play the plate, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Kyle Sasano added a two-run single for the Falcons.
Kalani travels to Roosevelt on April 9 and then takes on Kaiser at Central Oahu Regional Park in a game that will be televised live on OC16. Boxscore
Kalani continues hit parade
April 2, 2014
Kalani pounded Kalaheo on Wednesday 11-1 at Kailua Rec in seven innings.
The Falcons scored three runs in the sixth on a two-run single by Ian Higa and a sacrifice fly by Andrew Neves. Higa racked up three RBI's on two hits for Kalani. The Falcons collected 18 hits against Kalaheo.
Reece Kakugawa got the win for Kalani thanks to six strikeouts. Kakugawa allowed no earned runs on three hits and one walk over six innings.
Kalani moved into a three way tie for first in the OIA East. Boxscore
Kalani bats come alive in 16-8 win over Moanalua
March 31, 2014, By Brien Ing | scoringlive
It took a little while for the Kalani offense to get loose and rolling, but once it did, there was no stopping it.
Kalani (5-2) spotted Moanalua (5-2) a three-run advantage before exploding for 16 runs on 16 hits in the game, which included a streak of 8 unanswered runs between the third and fifth innings to set the tone.
"A lot has to do with us playing loose and just playing," said Kalani head coach Shannon Hirai. "Sometimes we're so uptight we tend to try to do too much. And somehow, even though we're down 3-0, we find a way to stay loose and things went our way."
Led by Ryan Sato's 3-for-4 day at the plate with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, the 3-4-5-6 hitters in Kalani's order came up big against Moanalua, accounting for half of the hits, 7 runs and 8 RBis on the afternoon. Brandon Roberts added a 2-for-3 day at the dish with 3 runs and 2 RBIs, and Ryan Shitanishi 2-for-4. Read the entire story on scoringlive.com
Falcons pound Menehune, for 16-8 win
March 31, 2014
Kalani and Moanalua lit up the scoreboard on Saturday as they combined for 24 runs. In the end, Kalani won the offensive battle 16-8 in seven innings.
Ryan Sato racked up two RBI's on three hits for Kalani. He singled in the first, third, and fourth innings. Ian Higa powered a home run over the left fielder for three runs in the top of the sixth.
Dallas Asuncion recorded the win for the Falcons even though he allowed eight runs over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked five and surrendered eight hits.
The win puts the Falcons in a three way tie for second in the OIA East. Boxscore
Falcons squeeze out win against rival Cougars
March 28, 2014
Led by a solid outing by starting pitcher Reece Kakugawa, Kalani improved to 4-2 to keep pace in the OIA East division race with a 4-2 win on the road over Kaiser.
Kakugawa went six strong innings, allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits, striking out seven and walking three, before yielding to Dallas Asuncion, who pitched a perfect seventh to pick up the save.
"Getting that lead was real important for us," said Kalani head coach Shannon Hirai. "We haven't been swinging the bat very well so to get ahead was good." Boxscore
Falcons offense to much for Knights
March 26, 2014
Kalani shut the door early on Castle, capturing a 27-6 victory on Wednesday at Kahala Park.
With 25 runs in the first three innings, Kalani left no doubt about the eventual outcome.
Ian Higa racked up three RBI's on four hits for the Falcons. Reece Kakugawa recorded the win. He allowed one run over two innings. He struck out one, walked none and surrendered two hits.
Kalani handled Castle pitching as six hitters combined for 10 hits, 13 RBI's and 13 runs scored. Boxscore
Kalani sweeps Alhambra with 2-1 victory
March 22, 2014
The Falcons didn't provide Brandon Gatewood with much support, but he didn't need much. Gatewood pitched 5 1/3 strong innings to carry Kalani to a 2-1 win over Alhambra in seven innings on Saturday at Moore Field in Alhambra, CA.
Kalani jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Payton kicked things off for Kalani with a single. A stolen base then moved Payton from second to third.
Alhambra scored its only run of the game on an RBI double in the second inning. The Falcons never surrendered the lead after the third inning, scoring one run on. Boxscore
Kalani drubs Alhambra 11-2
March 22, 2014
In the final leg of their Spring road trip to California, Kalani captured a blowout 11-2 win over Alhambra in seven innings.
Kalani scored three runs in the fourth on an RBI single by Ryan Sato, a fielder's choice, and an error. Brandon Roberts racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Falcons.
Dallas Asuncion picked up the win for Kalani. Dallas allowed one earned run, five hits and three walks while striking out two over seven innings of work. Boxscore
Kalani pounds Cupertino
March 19, 2014
Kalani pounded Cupertino on Wednesday 9-1 at Cupertino High School in seven innings.
Kalani scored four runs in the fifth on an RBI single by Micah Wong, a fielder's choice, an RBI single by Dallas Asuncion, and a walk by Ryan Sato.
Dallas had a hot bat for the Falcons. Dallas went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run.
Reece Kakugawa was a workhorse on the mound while bagging the win. Reece pitched seven innings and allowed one earned run, three hits and four walks while striking out three. Boxscore
Kalani loses Carlmont 6-3
March 18, 2014
Kalani struggled at the plate and lost to Carlmont 6-3 in seven innings at Carlmont High School on Tuesday.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the fifth, Kalani faced just a 6-3 deficit. A two-run single by Tyler Ching fueled the Falcons comeback. Boxscore
Kalani plays Pinole to a tie
March 17, 2014
Pinole and Kalani played to a 5-5 tie on Monday at Coupertino High School.
Brandon Roberts had two extra-base hits for the Falcons. He tripled in the fourth inning and doubled in the eighth inning.
The top of the second saw Kalani take an early lead, 2-0. Payton Awaya singled to ignite Kalani's offense, before Justyn Wee singled. Kalani then tacked on more runs when Awaya scored on a wild pitch. Boxscore
Falcons survive Rough Riders
March 13, 2014
Reece Kakugawa brought home the winning run to give Kalani the lead in the sixth inning, as the Falcons hung on to beat Roosevelt 4-3 on Thursday.
Matthew Beall got the win for Kalani. He tossed one inning of shutout ball. He struck out two, walked one and surrendered one hit. Payton Awaya racked up three RBI's on one hit for the Falcons. He homered in the fifth inning. Boxscore
Kakugawa goes 6 but Kalani loses to Kailua
March 12, 2014
Reece Kakugawa allowed just two runs on Wednesday at Kailua, but Kalani couldn't get the offense going in a 2-0 defeat to Kailua.
Kailua couldn't get anything going so long as Reece was on the hill. Kakugawa gave up just two hits, allowed one earned run, walked three and struck out three during his six innings of work. Sean Romo went 2-3, with a double and a single for the Falcons. Boxscore
Falcons pull out a win in the tenth
March 8, 2014
Micah Wong's walk-off sacrifice fly off of Thomas Capilonch boosted Kalani to a 3-2 win over Kalaheo in 10 innings at Kahala Park on Saturday.
Reo Hasunuma got the win in relief for the Falcons. Hasunuma pitched one-third of an inning and allowed no runs.
Kalani got one-run rallies in the first, fifth, and the tenth inning. In the fifth, Kalani scored on an RBI single by Reyn Shitanishi, plating Sean Romo. Boxscore
Seventh inning heartbreaker
March 5, 2014
A tight game was decided in the seventh inning as Kalani fell to Moanalua 3-0 in seven innings on Wednesday at Kahala Park.
Reece Kakugawa was charged with the loss. He lasted just 6 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out three, and allowed three runs. Boxscore
Falcons get blanked
February 22, 2014
Kalani got blanked by Waipahu 10-0 today at Kahala Park. Waipahu scored nine runs in the first three innings. The game ended after the fifth inning because of the ten run mercy rule.
Kalani finished the Kitamura Tournament with a 1-3 record. Boxscore
Kalani beats Waianae 6-2
February 21, 2014
In second day action of the Kitamura Tournament, Kalani's Sean Romo collected three hits, sparking the Falcons to a 6-2 victory in seven innings over Waianae at Kahala Park.
Romo doubled in the second inning and singled in the first and fourth innings.
Reece Kakugawa picked up the win for Kalani. Reece pitched seven innings and allowed no earned runs, five hits and one walk while striking out five. Boxscore
Kalani jump out fast but lose to Roosevelt
February 20, 2014
In the first game of the Kitamura Tournament, Kalani jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the top of the first. A single by Sean Romo, bringing home Micah Wong started the inning off. The Falcons added more runs when Romo scored on a bases loaded walk by Mika and Sato scored on a pass ball.
The lead stayed with Roosevelt after the fourth, when it scored one run on an RBI triple by Dustin. Boxscore
Kalani falls 8-1 to MPI
February 15, 2014
Kalani collected eight hits, but fell 8-1 to MPI at the 'Iolani Tournament on Saturday.
MPI couldn't get anything going as long as Matthew Beall was pitching. MPI managed just three hits off of Beall, who allowed one earned run, walked two and struck out two during his 4 2/3 innings of work. Boxscore
Falcons lose the Warriors
February 14, 2014
Logan Scott had an impressive outing for Kalani against Kamehameha. The Falcons lost 5-1 in seven innings at Kahala Park on Friday. Scott gave up just two hits, allowed no earned runs, walked three and struck out two during his 3 1/3 innings of work.
Kalani 's lone run of the ballgame came in the seventh inning on an RBI double by Sean Romo. Boxscore
Kalani survives Moanalua rally, escapes with 7-5 victory
February 13, 2014
Kalani scored three runs in the first and four in the second and escaped with a 7-5 win over OIA East power Moanalua.
Duke Fujii racked up three RBIs on one hit for Kalani. He tripled in the second inning. Micah Kawano was in control on the mound. Kawano gave up just one hit, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out five during his four innings of work. Boxscore
Kalani takes 1-0 over Kamehameha
February 8, 2014
Kalani and Kamehameha both had scoring chances on Saturday, but it was Kalani that was able to capitalize on them as it pulled out a 1-0 win at Mililani.
The fact that Kalani grouped all of its runs into the third inning helped take advantage of three hits. A single by Andrew Neves was all the Falcons needed. Boxscore
Kalani falls behind in the seventh
February 7, 2014
Kalani lost the ballgame after losing the lead in the seventh inning Friday, as Mililani grabbed a 6-5 victory in seven innings at Kahala Park.
Ian Higa racked up two RBIs on two hits for the Falcons. He doubled in the third inning and singled in the fifth inning. Micah Kawano was charged with the loss. Boxscore
Falcons take time to do some community service
January 12, 2014
Kalani's Varsity and Junior Varsity baseball teams volunteered for some community service work at the 2014 Sony Open. The event was held from January 6-12, at the Waialae Country Club.