After a dramatic nine-inning victory over Radford in the opening round, the Molokai baseball team had its season ended by Pac-Five in the semifinal round Saturday.
At Hans L’Orange Field on Thursday, Molokai scored three runs in the top of the ninth against Radford to break an 11-11 tie. Raymond Lightfoot Lani led off the inning for Molokai with a single. He was then driven home by a double by David Rapanot. Brayden Willing-McCutcheon and Rapanot both scored on a Kaoli Place sacrifice fly. The Farmers held off Radford in the bottom of the ninth to win the game 14-11.
The Farmers had an 8-1 season record heading into the semifinals against Pac-Five at Les Murakami Stadium. Unfortunately, the Farmers were undone by six errors, which resulted in four unearned runs as they lost 9-3. Ryan Rapanot went 6 1/3 innings at pitcher and David Rapanot, Kaoli Place and Raymond Lightfoot-Lani each had two hits for the Farmers.
Adolpho earns high jump gold
Kalei Adolpho, the Molokai senior who is probably best known for her accomplishments on the basketball and volleyball courts, can also add a state championship in high jump to that list.
Adolpho cleared 5-foot-2-inches to win the high jump state championship. “I really wanted to win, just because it was my last sport and the last big hurrah in high school,” said Adolpho, who took third the last two years after placing fifth as a freshman. “I’m happy I got a gold in every sport.”
Over her high school career, Adolpho has won nine Maui Interscholastic League and three state championships. Now that she is moving on to University of Hawaii on a basketball scholarship, expect to see Adolpho in the collegiate sports pages as she enters the next chapter in her career.
Softball season comes to an end
The Molokai girls finished the MIL season undefeated but could not overcome Kalaheo in the first round of the state softball tournament.
The Farmers entered the Division II tournament as the second MIL seed behind Hana.
Playing last Tuesday at Central Oahu Regional Park, the Farmers were held scoreless until the sixth inning. By that time Kalaheo had built a 6-0 lead on their way to winning 10-7.
The next day Molokai beat Kohala 7-1 in the first round of the consolation bracket. The Farmers scored all seven runs in the third inning on seven hits. Jasmine Borden pitched a six-hitter with seven strikeouts and Tyra Reyes-Garces batted 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
Molokai had been scheduled to play Honokaa in the consolation finals on Thursday. All D-II consolation games originally scheduled for Thursday were canceled due to inclement weather and will not be made up.
The wahine Farmers finished as regular season MIL champions with a final record of 9-3.