Kailua Surfriders claim 15th OIA baseball title with 8-1 win over ‘Aiea Na Ali’i

Kailua Surfriders claim 15th OIA baseball title with 8-1 win over ‘Aiea Na Ali’i

Kailua Surfriders claim 15th OIA baseball title with 8-1 win over ‘Aiea Na Ali’i

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 27, 2024

HONOLULU — Kailua is back on top.

The Surfriders capitalized on ‘Aiea’s miscues to win the OIA Division I baseball championship, 8-1, at Les Murakami Stadium Friday night.

It was the 15th overall title in program history, the ninth under longtime coach Corey Ishigo.

“It’s the toughest one, the ninth one, for us,” said Ishigo.

Ishigo was emotional after the game and was swarmed by his players on multiple occasions.

“That’s my family,” he said. “I treat them like family and they’re all my kids.

“This team, we have great people on this team. I think it’s different than others, where they all have good grades — this is the first year nobody is on academic probation — and they’re great people too, off the field.”

Na Ali’i jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first after a run scored on an error, but it was all Kailua (13-2) from that point forward.

After the Surfriders tied it in the bottom of the second, they used a five-run rally in the third inning to take full control of the game. An interference call extended the inning for Kailua before Masao Minami hit a double to make it a 3-1 game. An ‘Aiea error and balk also led to runs for Kailua in the inning.

Jayden Hunt earned the win in relief of Kaalekahi Kuhaulua and was named the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

“It feels amazing,” said Hunt, who improved to 6-0 on the year with an ERA of 0.77.

“This team is good. We got defense, you know, we work on everything. We work hard, practice doesn’t make perfect, but hey, it works.”

Kaimana Burgo and Minami each had two hits as the Surfriders tallied nine in the contest.

‘Aiea (12-3) was limited to just three hits in the loss.

Waianae wins OIA D2 baseball championship over Radford, 11-1

Waianae wins OIA D2 baseball championship over Radford, 11-1

Waianae wins OIA D2 baseball championship over Radford, 11-1

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 27, 2024

HONOLULU — Can’t spell Waianae without the ‘W.’

The Waianae baseball team dominated Radford in the OIA Division II championship game in a mercy-rule 11-1 victory Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.

The Seariders (11-2) used an eight-run burst in the third inning to claim their seventh overall league title, their first since 2017.

“This is for our people right here, we wanted it from the beginning,” said Shysten Nagasako, the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

Waianae entered the league tournament as the third seed after dropping a pair of extra-inning games to Kapolei and Kahuku in late March. The Seariders have gone on a nine-game winning streak since then.

“We never let that get us down,” said Waianae coach Ben McQuown, who became the sixth different coach to lead the Seariders to an OIA title.

“We told ourselves this is what we are playing for right there, the OIA championship. We are not playing for the regular season. We are playing for the postseason. I’m super proud of these boys.”

McQuown, a 2008 alumnus of Waianae, added that the win meant a lot for the community.

“It’s just something for our team and our community to be proud of. Not a lot of good things have been said about Waianae in the past year, so this is something that we can be proud of, a little shining light for our community.”

Nagasako led the way in the win going 3-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and the first two RBIs of the game. He also pitched in all five innings while striking out five and walking none.

“Just throw strikes, don’t let no runs, no walks affect me,” he said. “Hitting wise, put the ball in play, battle, and everything will fall into place.”

Radford outhit Waianae in the game, 6 to 5, but the Seariders were able to cash in on eight total walks.

Zyon Telles registered two hits to lead the Rams (6-7) in the loss.