Hope Morikawa, last year's Maui Interscholastic League Division I Softball Player of the Year, pitched a five-hitter and had a triple and two RBIs as Lahainaluna High School started the defense of its MIL championship with a 10-5 victory over Kamehameha Maui on Wednesday in Lahaina.
Morikawa also struck out six batters.
Rhyn Lendio led off the Lunas' five-run fourth inning with a home run and finished 2-for-4. Kaua Arcangel was 2-for-3 with a triple and drove in a run, Hailey Nakamura was 2-for-3 with a double and RBI and Tobi Bonifacio also had two hits.
Lahainaluna High School’s Hope Morikawa delivers a pitch in the fifth inning of the Lunas’ 10-5 victory over Kamehameha Maui on Wednesday in Lahaina. Lahainaluna, last year’s Maui Interscholastic League Division I champion, was playing its regular-season opener.
Tiana Sakumoto was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI for the Warriors (1-1). Kaui Uwekoolani had a double and drove in two runs.
* KING KEKAULIKE 5, MAUI HIGH 0: At Eddie Tam Field, King Kekaulike improved to 1-1. Maui High fell to 0-2.
Statistics were not available.
LAHAINALUNA 10, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 5
Madison Vaught, Tiana Sakumoto (4) and Kalei Kubota. Hope Morikawa and Jessica Wallace. W-Morikawa. L-Vaught. HR-Lahainaluna: Rhyn Lendio. 3B-Lahainaluna: Kaua Arcangel. 2B-Kamehameha Maui: Tiana Sakumoto, Kaui Uwekoolani. Lahainaluna: Hailey Nakamura, Lithe Pokipala-Waiohu.