The Molokai baseball team will be heading to the state tournament after defeating Seabury Hall 10-2 in the MIL Division II tournament Friday night at Maehara Stadium.
Star of the game was Kaoli Place, who not only struck out 12 batters in his complete game win, but also added three hits — a double, an RBI and scored three runs — to help his own cause.
First-year head coach Mike McCutcheon was tempted to take out place, a senior, in the sixth inning. McCutcheon — who once threw 240 pitches and struck out a state-record 23 for Molokai in a 16-inning loss to Baldwin in 1995 — decided to leave him in. “I’m glad I did,” said McCutcheon.
Place’s 12 strikeouts set an MIL record for the year. He was also helped with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, highlighted by a two-run double by Kamakana Duvauchelle-Andrade and run-scoring single by Maverick Dela Cruz.
Molokai is now 7-1 on the season. Although the Farmers did not participate in the state tournament last year, they were a final four team in 2008 and 2009.
Softball loses MIL tourney to Hana
The undefeated Lady Farmers defeated Seabury 14-3 in the semifinals for the MIL tournament held on Lanai, but could not hold off Hana in the Division II finals or playoff game.
After beating Hana twice last weekend to finish the regular season with an 8-0 record, the Farmers could not handle Hana Friday in the tournament championship. Hana scored 9 runs in the first two innings and held on to win 13-8. For Molokai, Amanda Makaiwi went 3-for-4 with a home run, a triple and two RBIs, while Larriley Rawlins and Genessa Puaoi both went 2-for-3.
A second game was played to determine seeding in the state tournament. Hana won that game 14-4 in five innings. Jasmine Borden hit a home run for Molokai in the loss.
Volleyball takes two from Maui High
Molokai boys volleyball team swept Maui High twice in straight sets over the weekend.
On Friday at The Barn, the Farmers won 25-22, 25-13 and 25-18 led by Austin Maliu Calairo with six kills. Brahunson Kaai had five kills and four blocks while Paka Adolpho added four kills and two blocks and Claude Kapuni had five blocks. Nainoa Langer finished the match with 25 assists, three kills, three blocks and three aces.
On Saturday, it was more of the same as Molokai overpowered Maui in straight sets, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-14.
For Molokai, Kaai led the way with eight kills and three blocks. Dayson Gomes finished with five kills, while
Langer dished out 30 assists and Kapuni had four kills and four blocks.