Mililani walks over Waianae in mercy-rule win, 14-4

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
MARCH 24, 23

WAIPAHU — The Mililani softball team loves free bases.

The Trojans celebrated senior day with a 14-4 mercy-rule win over Waianae Saturday afternoon in an OIA Division I-West contest at the Pasty T. Mink Central Oahu Regional Park.

Third-ranked Mililani (6-1) needed just five hits in the win as it benefited from 16 walks and a HBP by Waianae starter Savanna Casuga.

The Seariders (2-5) jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after a leadoff double by Teizsha Kaopuiki and a walk by Karma Pestana before Charlee-Rose Stevens hit a three-run homer to clear the bases.

But it was all Mililani from there as the victors scored 14 straight runs in the first four innings.

In the circle for the Trojans was the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game,’ Makayla Pagampao, who earned her sixth win of the year while tossing a season-high five strikeouts as she adjusted to some early command issues. At one point, she retired 10 consecutive batters faced to keep Waianae at bay.

Two of Mililani’s base hits was for the fences with Jerrell Mailo hitting a two-run bomb in the third and Kolbi Kochi hitting a grand slam in the fourth after starting the day 0-for-3 at the plate. Mailo also scored the most runs for the Trojans with three. Leadoff hitter Taryn Hirano was also solid with four walks drawn, two runs and two RBIs.

Kaopuiki went 2-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the Seariders in the loss.

photos by kuulei agbayani