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Maui High's biggest softball win in many, many years

April 20, 2012 - Robert Collias
I don't say it enough, but working with an all-around professional like my boss — sports editor Brad Sherman — is a pleasure. He simply refuses to leave any stone unturned and is great at all parts of sports journalism.

In as busy a week as the MIL will ever see, Sherman stepped out of his element to cover what turned out to be the biggest MIL softball upset in many years — Maui High's 1-0 win over Lahainaluna, the defending MIL champion and previously 12-0 this season, on Thursday. Then Sherman came back and chipped in on desk, where he is the best I have ever worked with, to finish the night.

With me tracking two baseball games at Maehara Stadium and another being played at Maui High field, Sherman ventured over to Patsy Mink Field expecting a Luna win, but when he got there, he was able to give us the important story on the startling game, the only one that exists. The result comes in to more focus when realizing the Sabers have no seniors and only two juniors and a 2-11 mark coming in.

The pitcher who completed the shutout, Samantha Ohigashi, is a sophomore.

Here is the lead to Sherman's story:

KAHULUI - Even if most others didn't expect Maui High School to pull off the Maui Interscholastic League's biggest softball upset of the season, the Sabers themselves had confidence.

They showed the ability to back up that optimism on Thursday, beating previously perfect Lahainaluna 1-0 in a Division I league tournament semifinal at Patsy Mink Field.

"We came together as a team," Samantha Ohigashi said after pitching a shutout that sent Maui High into a meeting with Baldwin today for the tournament championship. "I mean, I love them. I knew they always had my back. At practice we work hard. We always wanted this. I'm just proud of my whole team."

Ohigashi permitted seven hits while striking out five batters and walking one.

The right-hander allowed four hits in a 1-0 loss to Lahainaluna on April 11 - the Lunas scored in the bottom of the seventh in that game.

"She pitched two great games," said Maui High coach Bobby Medeiros. "We were fortunate enough this time to score a run first."

Brooke Jordan's double in the third inning drove in Thursday's only run.

The Sabers (3-11), who have no seniors and just two juniors on their roster, finished at the bottom of the regular-season standings, but defeated Kamehameha Maui in the MIL tournament's opening round, and are now one win from the state tournament.

"We're going to be automatically focused. We showed everyone, we beat Lahaina. We can do it," Ohigashi said.

Click here for the rest of the story — it's a fun read.


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