With consecutive wins over Hawaii Prep and Radford, the Molokai High School baseball team earned fifth place in the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division II State Championships.
The Farmers defeated Hawaii Prep 9-2 this morning at Les Murakami field on Oahu by scoring eight runs in the first three innings to jump out to an 8-0 lead. For the game, Molokai had nine hits and three errors.
The Farmers advanced to the fifth-place game after shutting out Radford 6-0 at Hans L’Orange Field yesterday. David Rapanot pitched a three-hitter in the win.
Going into the state championship tournament, the Farmers had a 10-0 season record and the fourth seed. Despite the solid performances all season, the Molokai team committed seven errors Wednesday at Hans L’Orange Field on the way to losing 8-0 to Kauai.
For three innings, Molokai pitcher Nohi Meyer was able to keep Kauai scoreless. But in the bottom of the fourth, Kauai led off with a single. Two wild pitches and a double later, the Red Raiders were up 2-0. An infield popup was dropped later in the inning giving Kauai a 5-0 lead.
The Farmers mounted a comeback in the top of the eighth inning where they got two of their three hits in the game. Ena Victorino and Trevor both had hits but a strikeout ended the game.
The last time Kauai and Molokai faced off was in 2009. Then, top-ranked Kauai beat Molokai 12-2 in the semifinals.