Mililani softball hammers Kapolei, 13-2, to claim 12th OIA championship

Mililani softball hammers Kapolei, 13-2, to claim 12th OIA championship

Mililani softball hammers Kapolei, 13-2, to claim 12th OIA championship

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 28, 2024

HONOLULU — Trojan town is title town once again.

Mililani captured its first OIA softball title since 2017 with a 13-2 drubbing of Kapolei in the league’s Division I championship game at McKinley’s Tiger Softball Stadium Saturday night.

It was the Trojans’ 12th championship in school history as they scored 13 unanswered runs that was fueled by Makayla Pagampao’s three home runs.

Pagampao, who was selected as the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game,’ drove in six total runs in the win as the Trojans (14-1) won their 10th straight game since their lone loss to Campbell on March 16.

“I’m so happy for her,” pitcher Hinano Bautista said of Pagampao. “I’m just happy I got to have this opportunity, but just for her, hitting all of these home runs, that’s what made us pumped up to score those extra runs we got.”

The Hurricanes (9-7) took an early 2-0 lead with a pair of solo homers in the top of the first, but Pagampao’s three-run bomb in the bottom of the third gave Mililani the lead for good.

Pagampao’s second and third homers of the night were part of an eight-run bottom of the fifth inning. Her final long ball of the night ended the game with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

“I’m pretty confident in my hitting and I know I work hard at it and go to all the lessons I can and just practice as much as I can, so I just saw the ball really well tonight — extra well,” said Pagampao, who will play for Hawai’i Pacific University next year.

Kaui Garcia and Sunni Kahanu also hit a home run for the Trojans in a game where there were seven total long balls.

But it was Mililani’s defense that kept the Trojans in the game after giving up two homers in the top of the first.

“After those two home runs we started playing defense,” said Mililani coach Rose Antonio. “Throughout the game we made the plays and the first couple innings we left runners on base and we didn’t press. We just had to be patient and disciplined and look for our pitch to hit and then manufacture runs and they saw the ball good tonight, a bunch of them.”

It was the third meeting of the season between the two teams, with the trojans outscoring the Hurricanes 46 to 4.

Kapolei was seeking its second league title in three years and fifth overall.

‘Aiea tops Radford, 7-1, to win third OIA Division II softball title 

‘Aiea tops Radford, 7-1, to win third OIA Division II softball title 

‘Aiea tops Radford, 7-1, to win third OIA Division II softball title 

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 28, 2024

HONOLULU — Another crown come homes to ‘Aiea.

Na Ali’i jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they pulled away from Radford, 7-1, to win the OIA Division II softball championship Saturday night at McKinley’s Tiger Softball Stadium.

It was ‘Aiea’s third league title in school history and its first since 2017 as Na Ali’i (15-1) ended league play with a 13-game winning streak.

“It’s amazing, it’s truly an honor to be a part of this team,” said pitcher Taja Souza, who was named the ‘Yeah U Player of the Game.’

Souza went the full seven innings in the win and allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three. She improved to 10-0 in the circle and also batted 2-for-3 for a solid all-around performance.

“Her pitches were crisp, she was hitting her spots, making the pitches we called. It was awesome,” said ‘Aiea coach Alan Higuchi.

I think the last couple games she picked up the pace. It was something that was consistent throughout the year. Her last two or three starts, she started showing signs of that.”

Sisters CJ Peneueta and Nylove Peneueta led the way at the plate with five total hits and five RBIs.

‘Aiea’s lone loss of the season came against the Rams (13-3) on March 5.

“The first time we challenged them, it was a mental battle and I feel like we let them get to us,” said CJ Peneueta.

“Now we had more practice and more chemistry as a team and I feel this time around, we had more confidence and more trust in our teammates and ourselves.”

Radford was seeking its first-ever OIA title in school history.

Waianae advances over Castle in OIA Division I softball playoffs with 5-3 win in the first round

Waianae advances over Castle in OIA Division I softball playoffs with 5-3 win in the first round

Waianae advances over Castle in OIA Division I softball playoffs with 5-3 win

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 25, 2024

KANEOHE — Teizsha Kaopuiki had herself a day.

The Waianae senior hit two solo home runs and scored three times in the leadoff spot to power the Seariders over host Castle, 5-3, in the opening round of the OIA Division I softball playoffs Wednesday afternoon.

Waianae (5-8) advances to play Mililani in the quarterfinals Thursday at Central Oahu Regional Park. First pitch is slated for 2 p.m.

Savanna Casuga earned the win in the circle for the Seariders with a complete game effort. She walked 10 batters, but struck out five and allowed just one hit.

Kailene Berinobis led the Knights (7-6) in their season-ending loss with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning that brought Castle within one run before Kaopuiki’s second home run in the top of the seventh.

Big seventh inning powers Kalani over host Moanalua, 10-6, in final regular season game

Big seventh inning powers Kalani over host Moanalua, 10-6, in final regular season game

Big seventh inning powers Kalani over host Moanalua, 10-6

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 13, 2024

HONOLULU — It’s not over till it’s over.

Visiting Kalani exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh to stun Moanalua on senior day, 10-6, in the final OIA Division-I East softball game of the regular season.

“They never (gave) up to the very end,” said Kalani coach Iris Stremick. “Keep fighting, keep battling, even though energy is up against them.”

The victory helped the Falcons improve to 10-2 as they secured a first round bye in the 12-team league playoffs. They are assured of at least the East’s No. 2 seed and can finish as high as No. 1 with a Kaiser (9-2) loss to Castle (6-5) next Tuesday.

Naomi Stremick (3-1) earned the win in the circle for Kalani pitching three innings in relief of starter Kadie Carpio. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double and had the go-ahead two RBI single in the top of the seventh to give the Falcons a 7-5 lead.

Ashlyn Sera also drove in two runs, including a solo home run to cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh while Haley Ching scored three times with a home run of her own to round out the top batters for Kalani.

Malia Taga and Taryn Kimura each notched two hits to lead Na Menehune (9-3) in the loss.

‘Aiea picks up key OIA D2 softball win with 15-4 mercy-rule victory over Kailua

‘Aiea picks up key OIA D2 softball win with 15-4 mercy-rule victory over Kailua

‘Aiea picks up key OIA D2 softball win with 15-4 mercy-rule victory over Kailua

BY MICHAEL LASQUERO | HSRN
PUBLISHED APRIL 5, 2024

‘AIEA — After Thursday’s games, one team stands alone atop the OIA Division II softball standings.

Host ‘Aiea moved into first place of the conference with just one week left in the regular season with a key 15-4 mercy-rule win over Kailua at ‘Aiea Annex Field Thursday afternoon.

Na Alii earned their eighth straight win to improve to 10-1 and have control of their own destiny after sweeping the Surfriders (9-2) and splitting the regular season matchups against Radford (9-2).

The home team jumped ahead early in the bottom of the first when starting pitcher Cayleigh Naito hit a three-run homer to put ‘Aiea up, 3-0.

Na Alii then followed that up with a five-run rally in the bottom of the second to go up eight runs.

Mahealani Alayon drove in three runs in the top of the third to get Kailua back into it before ‘Aiea brought home seven more runs in the bottom of the frame.

Alayon, who also pitched 1 and 2/3 innings in relief of starter Kailee Kalama, drove in one more run in the top of the fifth for the final score of the game.

Naito finished with five total RBIs for Na Alii while batting 3-for-3 with two runs scored.

Other ‘Aiea players with multiple hits include Sophia Kaneshiro, Alina Faufata, CJ Peneueta and Taja Souza.