SAN RAFAEL, Calif. - Na Koa Ikaika Maui forced a winner-take-all game today in their best-of-three series with the San Rafael Pacifics for the North American League North Division championship by winning 3-0 in Game 2 on Saturday.
Na Koa's Jessie Smith allowed five hits in 8 2/3 innings, and Victor Ferrante got the final out.
Chemah Sanchez and Baldwin High School graduate Gered Mochizuki each drove in runs for Maui (36-29) in the second inning, and Nick Valdez had an RBI single in the eighth.
Smith (10-2) struck out seven batters and walked two. Ferrante earned his ninth save.
D.J. Dixon was 2-for-4 with a double for San Rafael (33-26).
Tyler Pearson (4-1) allowed three runs - one of them unearned - in 7 2/3 innings.
Jessie Smith, Victor Ferrante and Nick Valdez. Tyler Pearson, Matthew Durkin (8) and Matthew Alton. W-Smith 10-2. L-Pearson 4-1. Sv-Ferrante (9). 2B-San Rafael, Johnny Woodard (20) D.J. Dixon (12). Maui, Jose M. Sanchez (9).
Leading hitters-San Rafael, Dixon 2-4, Zack Pace 2-3, SB. Maui, Valdez 2-4, RBI, run.