The Molokai High School softball team had a chance this afternoon to clinch the number-one seed for the Maui Interscholastic League Division II tournament beginning Friday on Molokai.
Instead, the Lady Farmers will have to wait one more day to see who claims the top seed after dropping the final regular season game today against Seabury Hall 9-8 at Duke Maliu Field. The game was a rescheduled rain out from earlier this season.
Now that Molokai and Seabury are tied with Hana and Lanai with identical 5-3 records, four games tomorrow will determine the seeding for the tournament. At 9 a.m., Lanai will play Hana followed by Seabury against Molokai at 11 a.m. The two losing teams will play at 1 p.m. and the winning teams at 3 p.m. Tomorrow’s games at Duke Maliu Field will determine the top four seeds for the tournament.
The MIL Division II Championships begin Friday, April 25, with games at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Seabury, leading 2-1 in the bottom of the second inning, broke the game open with a grand slam home run. Molokai came back with a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth inning to close the gap to 6-5.
In the top of the fifth, a sacrifice grounder from freshman Brooke Keliihoomalu tied the game for Molokai at 6-6. Junior Waipuna Paleka scored the go-ahead run. Seabury came back in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 7-7.
Molokai took the lead again in the sixth inning, 8-7 but Seabury scored two more in the bottom half of the inning to go up 9-8.
With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, the Farmers had a chance to tie the game but couldn’t make it happen.