Unbeaten Kapa’a flex bats, down Pac-5 for DataHouse/HHSAA Division II Softball title

Unbeaten Kapa’a flex bats, down Pac-5 for DataHouse/HHSAA Division II Softball title

 

Unbeaten Kapa’a flex bats, down Pac-5 for DataHouse/HHSAA Division II Softball title

BY PAUL BRECHT | HONOLULU
PUBLISHED MAY 18, 2024

HONOLULU – For the second time in three years, the best softball team in the HHSAA Division II is from the eastside of Kauai. 

KIF champion Kapa’a (15-0) completed an undefeated season on Friday, using powerful bats and pretty defense to push past the Pac-5 Wolfpack (11-3-1) in five innings, 13-1, for the 2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division II Softball championship. The Warriors struck quickly and often, putting up multiple runs in the first four innings to jump out to a 13-run lead before finally allowing a run to the Wolfpack in the bottom of the 4th inning. 

Kapata saw eight of nine batters record a hit while the top five hitters in the lineup recorded runs batted in for the KIF powerhouse. While the bats were impressive for the Warriors, starting pitcher Karlee-Rose Keale was just as effective and efficient as she twirled a sparkling five innings of one-run ball. The junior pitcher allowed just two hits all game while striking out a pair and walking two batters in the run-rule complete game effort. 

Warriors’ 2nd baseman Rhea Furtado was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after the senior went 3-for-4 with a home run and double that resulted in a game-best five runs batted in during the championship. In all, Kapa’a had six players named to the All-Tournament team as voted by the media covering the tournament (INF Charlize Kenney, INF Sienna Yamashita, OF Hailey Gibson, OF Nahe Marshall and P Karlee-Rose Keale were all selected). 

Pac-5, the defending Division II high school softball champions in Hawai’i, saw a magical run to the title game with a youthful roster end against a powerhouse of a Kapa’a team but flashed potential for another deep run next year as the team graduates no seniors. 

The Wolfpack placed three players onto the All-Tournament team as sophomore catcher Dahlia Gangano, junior infielder Kylie Oshita and freshman utility player Mauliola Zuttermeister all received honors as voted by the media. Zuttermeister was responisble for the lone run in the championship game for Pac-5, smacking a solo home run in the bottom of the 4th inning.  

The title is the second in program history for Kapa’a softball. The Warriors became the first KIF program in HHSAA playoff history to win two titles in a three-year span at either the Division I or II levels. 

Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

Weather postpones HHSAA Baseball and Softball events on Thursday

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED MAY 16, 2024

There are just some things that you can’t control.

Due to inclement weather, the HHSAA has postponed all baseball and softball semifinal games that were scheduled for Thursday, May 16.

All four Wally Yonamine Foundation semifinal games will resume Friday at Les Murakami 10 a.m. with the first Division II matchup between Kamehameha-Hawaii and Kauai resuming their suspended game with the Warriors leading 6-0 in the bottom of the third (tickets from suspended game will be honored during resumed game). Damien vs. Waianae will follow with the Division I semifinals slated for 4 (Saint Louis/Maui) and 7 p.m. (Baldwin/Kamehameha).

Dates and times of championship games are TBD.

In the DataHouse Softball Championships, the HHSAA will try to complete both semifinal and title games on Friday with semifinals for both Division I and Division II being held at Moanalua and Pearl City.

Full softball scheduled is listed below:

DIVISION II
PAC-5 vs. Waimea at Moanalua 10 a.m.
Kapaa vs. Aiea at Pearl City 10 a.m.
Title game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium 4:30 p.m.

DIVISION I
Baldwin vs. Kamehameha at Moanalua following conclusion of PAC-5/Waimea
Mililani vs. Campbell at Pearl City following conclusion of Kapaa/Aiea
Title game at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium 7 p.m.

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2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division II softball schedule, results and gallery

2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division II softball schedule, results and gallery

2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division II softball schedule, results and gallery

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED MAY 15, 2024

SEMIFINALS – MAY 16 (at Rainbow Wahine Stadium)
PAC-5 vs. Waimea (10:30 a.m.)

 

Aiea vs. Kapaa/Kohala winner (1 p.m.)

* Due to weather conditions rendering one field unplayable, and anticipated adverse weather for the rest of the week, the HHSAA has canceled ALL consolation games

QUARTERFINALS – MAY 15

 

Aiea defeats Molokai, 21-2 (five innings)
— Sophia Kaneshiro: home run, six RBIs, four runs scored

Waimea defeats Kamehameha-Hawaii, 15-3
— Kaelyn Banquel and Tavina Harris two home runs each

PAC-5 defeats Radford, 7-1
— Miya Yoshioka: complete game win with two runs scored

#1 Kapaa vs. Kohala (suspended, make-up TBD)

OPENING ROUND – MAY 14

 

Kohala defeats Kalaheo, 10-4
— Savannah Kupukaa: 2-run home run

Waimea defeats Kailua, 21-1 (five innings)
— Kaelyn Banquel: 3-run home run, five RBIs

Molokai defeats Konawaena, 16-6 (six innings)

Radford defeats Lanai, 15-1 (five innings)
Kyralee-Marie Cordeiro (W): 7 K’s, 3-for-3, 3 runs

2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division I softball schedule, results and gallery

2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division I softball schedule, results and gallery

2024 DataHouse/HHSAA Division I softball schedule, results and gallery

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED MAY 15, 2024

SEMIFINALS – MAY 16 (ppd till Friday, pending weather)
Kamehameha vs. Baldwin (TBD)

Campbell vs. Mililani or Kalani (TBD)

 

*All four semifinals of the Datahouse/HHSAA State Softball Championship set to be played today at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium have been postponed due to inclement weather, the HHSAA announced via press release today.

QUARTERFINALS – MAY 15
Baldwin defeats Kapolei, 12-11

Campbell defeats Kealakehe, 16-1 (five innings)

Kamehameha defeats Leilehua, 13-3 (five innings)

#1 Mililani vs. Kalani (will resume at Campbell, Thursday 1 p.m.)

OPENING ROUND – MAY 14
Leilehua defeats Waiakea, 14-1 (five innings)
–Trinity Cabana-Rodrigues: 4-for-4, two RBIs, three runs scored, double

Kalani defeats Maui, 19-3 (five innings)
–Haley Ching: 3-for-3, five RBIs, home run, double

Kapolei defeats Waianae, 10-0 (five innings)
River Hawn: 2-for-2, five RBIs, home run

Campbell defeats Maryknoll, 8-6
Sabers rally from 6-1 deficit to stun Spartans
–Two RBIs each by Quinn Waiki, Sophie Alo and Cailey Morris