Falcons hopes for a state berth ends with loss to Chargers
Reece Kakugawa allowed one hit, but Kalani still fell to Pearl City 5-4 in seven innings on Friday at Pearl City.
Kalani jumped out early and took a four run lead into the bottom of the third, that's when things fell apart. Two walks, two hit batters, a double, and a triple allowed Pearl City to tie the game up at four runs a piece.
Pearl City scored the final run on a bases loaded walk off single in the bottom of the seventh.
Kakugawa was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings, walked four, struck out none, and allowed one run. Boxscore
Falcons struggle against Sabers
Kalani wound up on the wrong side of a 8-0 score on Thursday at Campbell.
Campbell's pitcher shutdown the Falcon bats allowimg only three hits over seven innings. Duke Fujii was charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in four innings, walked two and struck out none. Boxscore
Kalani moves on, blanking Waipahu
Moments after Kalani's OIA playoff win on Wednesday, Falcons coach Shannon Hirai was on the phone arranging transportation for a Thursday afternoon trek to Ewa Beach.
Hustling to handle the logistics of the quarterfinal game was a welcomed change for Hirai compared to the previous three seasons when the Falcons packed up the gear after a first-round loss.
Reece Kakugawa helped extend the Falcons' season this time around with a complete-game performance on the mound and three hits at the plate and Kalani rolled to a 9-0 win over Waipahu at Kahala Community Park.
"It's a big win for him and for us because we haven't won the first game in three years," Hirai said.
"We told them what happened in the past. It's just like an extended season, everybody starts brand new. If we can somehow get on a roll we can get into the state tournament."
By surviving the one-and-done opening round of the OIA Division I tournament, Kalani earned two shots at qualifying for the state tournament. The first comes Thursday when the Falcons drive west to face top-ranked Campbell, the OIA Red West champion, and a probable matchup against hard-throwing Sabers ace Ian Kahaloa.
"We've seen him in the summer," Hirai said. "It's going to be a challenge."
The winner secures one of the OIA's six state berths. The quarterfinal losers can still play their way in through the fifth-place bracket.
Before the Falcons could entertain such possibilities, they first had to end their trend of first-round exits and jumped ahead early against Waipahu.
Kakugawa sparked a three-run rally with a leadoff single in the bottom of the second then stifled the Marauders on the mound. Relying primarily on a cutter, Kakugawa consistently worked ahead in the count and finished with seven strikeouts against two walks and held Waipahu to four hits.
"It wasn't so much nervousness," Kakugawa said of getting the starting assignment with the season on the line, "it was getting mentally prepared to come here and focus and do what I have to do."
Waipahu was forced to alter its pitching plans when starter Justin Kaeka left the game with a hip injury after his second pitch of the second inning. Hunter Lau singled in Kakugawa with Kalani's first run and Kohl Suehiro flared an RBI single into right field later the inning.
The Falcons added three more in the third with Kakugawa and catcher Bronson Matsumoto hammering back-to-back doubles and Lau delivering his second RBI single. Jarryn Wee extended the lead by driving in runs in the fourth and sixth innings.. Boxscore
Falcons stumble in loss
The Falcons lost 8-6 on Saturday after a surprise rally turned a five-run fifth inning advantage into a Menehune victory at Kahala Park.
Reyn Shitanishi racked up two RBIs on one hit for the Falcons. He homered in the fourth inning.
Matthew Beall was charged with the loss. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked one, struck out none, and allowed four runs. Boxscore
The Falcons end the regular season with a 7-5 record. Because of tiebreaker rules, Kalani will be the fourth seed from the OIA East. Kalani will play Waipahu, the fifth seed from the OIA West on the 22nd, Wednesday, 3:30 pm at Kahala. The winner will face #1 seed in the OIA West, Campbell.
Falcons Blank Bulldogs
Kalani beat Kaimuki on Wednesday 10-0 at Kahala Park in six innings.
Kalani scored four runs in the sixth on on a two-run single by Kalei Morgan, a two-run single by Morgan, a walk by Hunter Lau, and an RBI single by Noah Nakamura.
Kalani was led by Reece Kakugawa's hitting. Kakugawa went 3-4, drove in one and scored two runs. He singled in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
Kamaha'o Keoho brought the heat against the Bulldogs during his outing. Keoho held Kaimuki hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked two and struck out three. Boxscore
Kalani stuns #6 Kailua
Kalani and Kailua each put runners in scoring position on Saturday, but Kalani capitalized on more RBI opportunities, pulling out a 6-3 win at Kailua
The Surfriders got six hits compared with just five for the Falcons, but the Surfriders stranded eight on base.
Reece Kakugawa racked up 2-RBIs on one hit for Kalani. His big hit came on a double in the seventh inning. Bronson Matsumoto also doubled in the first, driving in 2-RBI's.
Matthew Beall got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over seven innings. He struck out one, walked five and surrendered six hits. Boxscore
Kalani uses big sixth inning to beat Roosevelt
Kalani beat Roosevelt 6-0 in seven innings on Wednesday at Kahala Park after a six-run explosion in the sixth inning.
Bronson Matsumoto went a perfect 2-2, and an RBI for Kalani.
Reece Kakugawa got the win for the Falcons. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball. Kakugawa struck out eight, walked four and gave up three hits. Boxscore
Falcons fall 4-3 loss to Cougars
Kalani lost a hotly contested 4-3 game in seven innings on Saturday at Kaiser after surrending the lead in the seventh inning.
Matthew Beall pitched lights out for the Falcons. Beall gave up just three hits, allowed one earned run, walked none and struck out three during his six innings of work.
Kalani broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, pushing across fifth. The Falcons scored on an RBI single by Justin Ibara.
After posting one run in the sixth, Kalani Falcons again scored one in the seventh. In the sixth, the Falcons scored on an RBI double by Kakugawa, bringing home Reyn Shitanishi.
Kaiser went up for good in the seventh, scoring four runs on two errors, a solo home run. Boxscore
Pitching picks up Falcons's offense in 2-1 victory
Kalani starter Reece Kakugawa doesn't need much help when he is on the hill and he showed it on Saturday at Kahala Park against Castle. Seven strong innings by Kakugawa carried Kalani to a 2-1 victory over Castle in seven innings.
The Falcons held off the Knights, as the Knights were unable to overcome a two-run second inning deficit.
In the fifth inning, Castle pushed across its only run of the day on a fielder's choice. Boxscore
Falcons can't hang on in 5-4 loss
Kalani Falcons jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on and lost 5-4 to Moanalua Menehunes on Wednesday.
Reece Kakugawa ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He lasted just one inning, walked one, struck out one, and allowed one run.
While Kalani Falcons led until the sixth inning, Moanalua Menehunes worked its way back and took the lead on a two-run single. Boxscore
Falcons jumps on the Bulldogs early and coasts a win
Kalani jumped out to an early lead on Kaimuki Bulldogs and captured a 23-0 victory on Saturday at Kaimuki.
The game was decided quickly as Kalani exerted its will early with 18 runs in the first three innings.
Justin Ibara led the Falcons' offensive threat, as he got on base three times in the game. He scored three runs and had one RBI.
Reece Kakugawa looked sharp on the bump. The Bulldogs managed just two hits off of Kakugawa, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out five during his three innings of work.
Kalani easily handled the Kaimuki's pitching as nine hitters combined for 16 hits, 17 RBIs and 14 runs scored. Boxscore
Falcons drop second straight 13-9 to Surfriders
Three hits weren't enough for Kalani as it lost a shootout, 13-9 in seven innings, to Kailua on Wednesday at Kahala Park.
Brandon Higashionna got on base two times in the game for the Falcons. He scored two runs and had one RBI. He singled in the seventh inning.
After pushing across three runs in the bottom of the sixth, Kalani faced just a 13-5 deficit. A walk by Tyler Ching, an RBI single by Matthew Beall, and a groundout by Harrison Moy gave Kalani life.
A four-run seventh inning helped bring the Falcons within four. An RBI single by Brandon Higashionna, an error, and a two-run error triggered the comeback. Boxscore
Kalani falls to Kaiser 2-1
Kalanis' Matthew Beall pitched well, but providing enough offense to notch a victory proved difficult Tuesday, as Kalani to Kaiser 2-1 at Kahala Park.
Beall was charged with the loss. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, walked two, struck out two, and allowed two runs.
Kalanis' lone run of the ballgame came in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Kohl Suehiro. Boxscore
Falcons take out Roughriders 7-3
Justin Ibara had two extra base hits, in sparking Kalani to a 7-3 victory over Roosevelt on Saturday at Stevenson Middle.
Reece Kakugawa's 10 strikeouts were enough to push Kalani past Roosevelt. Kakugawa allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks over seven innings.
Reyn Shitanishi, Ibara and Kohl Suehiro helped lead Kalani's offense. They combined for eight hits and four RBIs. Boxscore
Kalani escapes with 3-2 victory
Castle was never able to get over the hump and get over its troubles against Kalani on Wednesday, as Knights fell 3-2 at home after falling behind by three runs in the third inning.
Reece Kakugawa was pitching. Castle Knights managed just two hits off of the Falcons' pitcher, who allowed one earned run, walked five and struck out seven during his 5 2/3 innings of work.
The game was never in doubt after the first, as Kalani Falcons scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Bronson Matsumoto.
Kalani Falcons increased its lead with two runs in the third. A sacrifice fly scored Justin Ibara for the inning's first run. That was followed up by Matsumoto's single, scoring Reyn Shitanishi. . Boxscore
Falcons get ahead early but can't hang on in 6-5 loss
Kalani Falcons jumped out to an early lead, but was unable to hold on and lost 6-5 to the 'Iolani Raiders on Thursday.
Reece Kakugawa took the loss for the Falcons. He allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings, walked four and struck out one.
Kalani took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. The Falcons added single runs in the second and third innings when Wee scored on an RBI single by Kakugawa and Awaya scored on a groundout by Bronson Matsumoto.
'Iolani came back, scoring five runs in the bottom of the fifth and hung on for the win. Boxscore
Kalani and Punahou tie
Punahou Buffanblu and Kalani Falcons played to a 1-1 tie on Monday at Iolani.
Reece Kakugawa had an impressive outing against the Buffanblu's lineup. Punahou managed just one hit off of Kakugawa, who allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four during his three innings of work.
The Falcons' lone run of the ballgame came in the third inning on an error. Punahou managed to score one run in the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly. Boxscore
Kalani falls to Mililani
The top of the first saw Kalani take an early lead, 3-0. After Kakugawa doubled, Reyn Shitanishi doubled, plating Kakugawa and Jarryn Wee. More runs came home for the Falcons when Shitanishi scored on an RBI single by Noah Nakamura.
In the bottom of the first, Mililani took the lead, scoring six runs on an error, a sacrifice fly, and a two-run single.
The Trojans added three more runs in the bottom of the second. A passed ball scored the inning's first run. That was followed up by a single bringing in two more runs.
Reece Kakugawa had two extra-base hits for Kalani. He doubled in the first and sixth innings. Boxscore
Kalani loses to Raiders again
For the second time in five days, Kalani fell 10-2 to the 'Iolani Raiders at 'Iolani on Thursday.
The top of the second saw Kalani take an early lead, 1-0. Payton Awaya got things going for Kalani with a single. A stolen base then moved Awaya from first to second.
'Iolani answered Kalani's surge and put up two runs of their own in the third. The Raiders scored on an error and an RBI single.
The Raiders added six more runs in the bottom of the fifth. A error scored two runs to start the scoring in the inning. That was followed up by single scoring two more runs.
Matthew Beall ended up on the wrong side of the pitching decision, charged with the loss. He allowed seven runs in four innings, walked three and struck out none. Boxscore
Kalani drops one to St Louis
Kalani pitchers scattered four hits on Monday, but weren't able to push enough runs across, and lost 11-4 to St Louis Crusaders at Kahala Park.
After pushing across three runs in the bottom of the third, the Falcons faced just a 5-4 deficit. A two-run home run by Awaya and an error triggered Kalanis' comeback. Awaya racked up three RBIs on one hit for the Falcons.
Beau Fujii took the loss for Kalani Falcons. He lasted just 1 2/3 innings, walked four, struck out none, and allowed five runs. Boxscore
Falcons lose 13-3
The game was never in doubt after the first, as Mid Pacific Owls scored two runs on two singles.
One run in the bottom of the third helped the Falcons close its deficit to 4-1. An RBI single by Kohl Suehiro set off Kalani Falcons rally. Suehiro went 3-4 at the plate.
Duke Fujii took the loss. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, walked three, struck out none, and allowed four runs. Boxscore
Falcons blasted by Raiders 19-1
Kalani Falcons fell 19-1 to the Iolani Raiders at Mililani H.S. on Saturday.
The 'Iolani Raiders never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring two runs on a two-run homer.
In the fifth inning, Kalani Falcons pushed across its only run of the day on a groundout by Matthew Beall.
Reece Kakugawa took the loss for Kalani Falcons. He lasted just 2 2/3 innings, walked one, struck out three, and allowed four runs. Boxscore
Pre Season set to start on Saturday
The Kalani Falcons open the pre-season on Saturday in the Mililani Tournament against ILH power 'Iolani. The Falcons hope to continue the momentum they had when they finished as JV Co-Champions in the OIA East in late January.
Many of the JV players will see action in the Varsity pre-season and will gain valuable experience. It should be a great season for Kalani. Come out and catch a game. Go Falcons!