MAKAWAO - The Molokai High School baseball team has a mean 1-2 punch in sophomore Nohi Meyer and junior David Rapanot.
The Farmers rode the pair to a 10-3 win over Seabury Hall on Friday at Eddie Tam Field in the first battle of the season between the last two Maui Interscholastic League Division II pennant winners.
Meyer, a 5-foot-9, 230-pound left-hander, overcame a tough first inning to go six innings of four-hit, two-run ball with 12 strikeouts and three walks. After allowing two runs- one earned - in the first inning, he then retired the next seven batters via strikeout.
Molokai’s Nohi Meyer struck out seven consecutive batters in a 10-3 victory over Seabury Hall.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"I was a little nervous, but it got better throughout the game," Meyer said. "When we got the lead it gave me confidence to throw strikes and help my team out. I got in a groove and my team was behind me."
Rapanot, the shortstop who will start on the mound today, gave the Farmers the lead with a three-run double in a four-run second and added an RBI double in the sixth.
"Smash the ball, hammer it," Rapanot said of his thought process on the first double to left field. "I got a fastball and I knew it was good when I hit it."
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Molokai 10, Seabury Hall 3
Maui High 6, Lahainaluna 3
Baldwin 11, Kamehameha Maui 3
Lanai vs. St. Anthony, not reported
Seabury Hall vs. Molokai at Eddie Tam Field, 10 a.m.
Lanai vs. St. Anthony at Maehara Stadium, 10 a.m.
Maui High vs. Lahainaluna at Maehara Stadium, 12:30 p.m.
With the MIL receiving only one berth to the D-II state tournament on Oahu in May, today's game looms large with the regular-season title on the line for the Farmers (4-0).
"I'm 100 percent confident," Rapanot said. "My team has got my back."
Molokai coach Mike McCutcheon was a left-handed standout for the Farmers, who rose to the Double-A level with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 1990s. His team is 10-3 overall after playing just 10 games last season when Seabury Hall (4-1) won its first MIL title.
Molokai missed the state tournament last season after three final-four appearances in the first four D-II events.
"Every game is big," McCutcheon said. "We've got 18 games this year. I was the one who fell short last year, I didn't prepare them with enough games, so I went out this year and said, 'If you guys got my back, I'll get the games.' They did all the fundraising. We pay for (travel), you know."
Meyer was nearly untouchable in the middle innings.
"That's why he's our No. 1," McCutcheon said. "He's got great work ethic and poise."
Seabury Hall coach John Plunkett said his team will try to rebound today.
"A lot of these kids are friends, they play volleyball, basketball, it's good competition," Plunkett said. "(Meyer) threw very well and we have a big day tomorrow."
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Molokai ............. 040 ..... 103 ..... 2-10 ..... 10 ..... 1
Seabury Hall ..... 200 ..... 000 ....... 1-3 ....... 4 ..... 4
Nohi Meyer, Hana Dudoit-Enos (7), Brayden Willing-McCutcheon (7) and Trevor Takata; Tyler Gentile, Kaleb Palmer (3), Henry Hegele (7) and Palmer, Noah Walin (3). W-Meyer. L-Gentile. 2B-Molokai: David Rapanot 2, Kanalu Balbas; Seabury Hall: Palmer. 3B-Seabury Hall: Cayde Omura.
Leading hitters-Molokai: Rapanot 2-4, 4 RBIs, 2 runs; Kaena Victorino 2-3, 2 runs; Koal Kaulia-Nakaiwi 2-4, 3 RBIs.
* MAUI HIGH 6, LAHAINALUNA 3: At Maehara Stadium, Sammy Sutton pitched a complete game with no walks and 10 strikeouts and Micah Isagawa drove in three runs for the Sabers (7-1), who play Baldwin next week.
The Lunas fell to 1-7.
Lahainaluna ..... 000 ..... 100 ..... 2-3 ..... 7 ..... 3
Maui High ........ 002 ..... 400 ...... x-6 ..... 6 ..... 1
Falcon Johnson and Jacob Mahon; Sammy Sutton and Jaylen Suda. W-Sutton. L-Johnson. 2B-Lahainaluna: Amateo Flores.
Leading hitters-Lahainaluna: Flores 2-3; Maui High: Micah Isagawa 2-2, 3 RBIs; Chazz Ishikawa 2-3.
* BALDWIN 11, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 3: At Maehara Stadium, Daulton Cabacungan pitched a five-hitter with seven strikeouts and Patrick Burrows drove in three runs for the Bears (8-0).
Baldwin plays a make-up game Monday against King Kekaulike.
The Warriors fell to 3-9.
Baldwin ..... 310 ..... 610 ..... 0-11 ..... 9 ..... 2
KS Maui .... 021 ..... 000 ...... 0-3 ...... 5 ..... 3
Daulton Cabacungan and Makana Victorine; Chase Newton, Travis Kanamu Jr. (4), Mailie Santiago (5) and Tyler Harry. W-Cabacungan. L-Newton. 2B-Baldwin: Patrick Burrows; KS Maui: Rylie Velez.
Leading hitters-Baldwin: Burrows 2-3, 3 RBIs; Lane Kashiwamura 2-3, 2 runs; KS Maui: Brennon Aloy 2-3.