Farmer pitchers Nohi Meyer and David Rapanot each beat Seabury Hall this weekend to help Molokai earn the regular season Division II baseball title in the Maui Interscholastic League.
Rapanot, a junior, pitched all seven innings in Saturday’s 2-1 win in Pukalani. He worked out of a one-out bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning with a strikeout and ground out to end the game.
Molokai scored its first run in the first inning on Brayden Willing-McCutcheon’s sacrifice fly to center field, which scored Rapanot. The winning run came in the fourth when pinch hitter Levi Horner-Villa’s infield single scored Trevor Takata.
Meyer, a sophomore, has been the number-one pitcher all year and proved why on Friday. In the 10-3 victory, Meyer went six innings, giving up only four hits while recording 12 strikeouts and three walks. He struggled a little in the first inning, giving up two runs, but then settled down to strike out the next seven batters.
Rapanot came up big with his bat on Friday, knocking a three-run double in a four-run second inning while also adding an RBI double in the sixth.
Besides Rapanot, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, the Farmers were also helped by Ena Victorino who went 2-for-3 with two runs and Koal Kaulia-Nakaiwi, 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
The Farmers, undefeated in the regular season at 5-0, have now successfully completed the first goal of the year, winning the regular season. Now they must win the MIL tournament later this month in order to earn the lone MIL spot in the Division II state tournament on Oahu in May.
Molokai missed the state tournament last season after three final-four appearances in the first four D-II events. Seabury (4-2) is the defending MIL Division II champions.