SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Steve Boggs singled in a run in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the San Rafael Pacifics beat Na Koa Ikaika Maui 7-6 on Saturday in the opening game of their best-of-three series for the North American League's North Division championship.
Darrick Hale was 3-for-4 with a double and drove in three runs for San Rafael (33-25), which overcame four errors.
Baldwin High School graduate Gered Mochizuki hit a two-run double for Maui (35-29), which squandered leads of 4-3 and 6-4. Kalaika Kahoohalahala, a Maui High graduate, was 2-for-5 and scored a pair of runs.
Matthew Stabelfeld (3-3) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win, and Julian Arballo, the fifth pitcher used by the Pacifics, struck out two batters in a perfect ninth for his third save.
Yoshihiro Doi (1-1) was the losing pitcher.
The series, which had originally been scheduled as regular-season games, will continue today.
Chad Blackwell, Yoshihiro Doi (8), Mike Koons (8) and Nick Valdez. Jake Rasner, Andrew Pevsner (6), Tyler Graham (7), Matthew Stabelfeld (8), Julian Arballo (9) and Matthew Alton. W-Stablefeld 3-3. L-Doi 1-1. Sv-Arballo (3). 2B-Maui, Gered Mochizuki (9). San Rafael, Darrick Hale (8), Alton (8).
Leading hitters-San Rafael, Hale 3-4, run, 2 RBI; Steve Boggs 2-4, 2 RBI, Alton 2-4, 2 runs. Maui, Kalaika Kahoohalahala 2-5, 2 runs, Valdez 2-4, RBI; Mochizuki, 1-3, 2 RBI.