Howden pitches no-hitter for Na Alii
WAILUKU – King Kekau-like High School’s Adam Howden left everyone at Maehara Stadium shaking their heads on Thursday night, most of all Maui High’s hitters.
Howden, a sophomore right-hander, tossed an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Sabers on the opening night of Maui Interscholastic League Division I play.
Maui High coach Lee Yonamine, who has 18 years with the program, could not recall his team ever getting no-hit in MIL play nor an eight-inning no-hitter of any kind.
“It felt really good,” Howden said after his 92-pitch performance that included no strikeouts, one walk and two hit batsmen. “My team, like, backed me up. They made some plays out there.”
Maui High senior Sammy Sutton matched zeroes with Howden for seven innings and also went the distance with six strikeouts and no walks in a six-hitter.
Ryley Widell smacked a single to left that scored the only run of the game with two outs in the top of the eighth. Widell also helped preserve the no-hitter in the bottom of the eighth when he leaped to snag a line drive by pinch-hitter Cody Medeiros at first base.
“I was a little nervous, but I just played it like it is my game when I am pitching and tried to relax,” said Howden, who said it was his first no-hitter at any level. “After Ryley’s hit I had pretty good confidence. I knew my team was going to back me up and I knew we were going to get through it.”
King Kekaulike coach Mark Makimoto, who played for Baldwin in the early 1990s, said he also could not recall Maui High being no-hit.
“Maui High year after year has got a solid team, good hitters on their team,” Makimoto said. “Adam located the ball well, changed speeds, kept them off-balance – that’s what we’re trying to preach: throw strikes, good location. He did a great job tonight.”
Adam Howden and Reid Yonamine; Sammy Sutton and Jaylen Suda. W-Howden, 1-0. L-Sutton, 0-1.
Leading hitters-KK, Zane Jarret 2-4; Ryley Widell 2-4, RBI.