Farmers outlast Spartans for 19-18 win
MAKAWAO – In a game that didn’t want to end, the Molokai High School softball team found the last gasp.
The Farmers trailed by seven runs after two innings, got within one and then faced four-run deficits on three more occasions, including going into the bottom of the eighth, before scoring five times for a 19-18 win over Seabury Hall on Saturday at Eddie Tam Field.
The Maui Interscholastic League Division II game took 3 hours, 16 minutes, and had 42 hits, nine errors and just two pitchers.
“That was a really good ballgame,” said Molokai coach Coco Augustiro. “We went battle, battled all the way. The girls came out hitting. We just have got to work on our pitching a little bit. Good teamwork, good team effort.”
The Farmers (1-1) got two-run homers from Khaylie Adachi and Amanda Venegas-Makaiwi in the eighth to tie the game with no outs. Tai Yamamoto followed with a triple to right field and courtesy runner Kealalehua Kalipi scored on Karlie Martin-Galam’s single.
Seabury (1-1) then won a one-inning international tiebreaker 4-3 when Casey Kekiwi smacked a walkoff RBI single.
That gave the Spartans a better seed than the Farmers in the MIL tournament should they finish the regular season tied – Seabury won the opener of the two-game series 21-11 in five innings on Friday.
Six Spartans and five Farmers had multihit games Saturday – Molokai’s Kiona English finished a 5-for-5 performance with a walk before Venegas-Makaiwi’s blast in the eighth knotted the score.
“I knew we could do it,” English said. “I just wanted to get on base any way I could. All we have got to do is battle.”
Seabury took an 8-1 lead after two innings, but Molokai drew within 8-7 after four, and trailed 11-10 though five.
In the sixth, the Spartans’ Pili Hao-Meyer blasted a solo homer to deep center, and Kara Termulo had a two-run single.
Kysha Kawano hit a two-run single to center and Yamamoto added a run-scoring fielder’s-choice grounder before a passed ball scored the tying run for the Farmers in the bottom of the sixth.
After a scoreless seventh, the merry-go-round on the bases started spinning again in the eighth.
Seabury loaded the bases with one out before Mapuana Andrade walked for a 15-14 lead. Hao-Meyer was intentionally walked, still with the bases loaded, and Kaulu Luuwai followed with a two-run single. Venegas-Makaiwi struck out two of the next three batters.
“First of all, give credit to Molokai,” said Seabury coach Andrew Burger. “They battled and they hit the ball and we just didn’t field the ball, so all the credit goes to them.”
Maui will host the Division II state tournament for the first time this year, at Patsy Mink Field in Kahului from April 30 to May 3.
“I don’t even think my girls know that,” Burger said.
Augustiro said it is on the minds of the Farmers.
“They are aware and they are looking forward to coming back here and playing states, too,” she said. “Now they know what they have got to work on.”
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Seabury Hall ….. 530 ….. 033 ….. 04-18 ….. 20 ….. 4
Molokai …………. 102 ….. 434 ….. 05-19 ….. 22 ….. 5
Pili Hao-Meyer and Kaulu Luuwai. Amanda Venegas-Makaiwi and Tai Yamamoto. W- Venegas-Makaiwi. L-Hao-Meyer. 2B-Molokai: Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe, Yamamoto. 3B-Molokai: Kiona English, Karlie Martin-Galam, Yamamoto. HR-Seabury Hall: Hao-Meyer. Molokai: Venegas-Makaiwi, Khaylie Adachi.
Leading hitters-Seabury Hall: Rachel Lopez 2-7; Mapuana Andrade 3-7; Hao-Meyer 2-7; Luuwai 3-7; Christie Kimura 5-6; Alexis Smith 4-6. Molokai: Adachi 3-6; English 5-5; Venegas-Makaiwi 4-6; Yamamoto 2-6; Martin-Galam 3-6.