Farmers roll to tourney final
KAHULUI – The Molokai High School baseball team is on Maui this weekend for business.
The Farmers accomplished the first half of their mission Thursday with a methodical 13-2, five-inning win over St. Anthony in a Maui Interscholastic League Division II tournament semifinal at Maui High.
“One more,” junior shortstop David Rapanot said after a 2-for-4 performance that included a two-run inside-the-park homer in the second inning that gave Molokai (7-0) a
6-0 lead – he finished with three RBIs. “We have to follow our routine. We came here to win the MIL title and we have not done that yet.”
Last season, the Farmers missed the state tournament after reaching the semifinals three times in the first four D-II state events.
The regular-season champions will play Seabury Hall today at 6 p.m. in the tournament final at Maehara Stadium. If the Spartans win, the teams will meet again for the overall title Saturday at 10 a.m.
Molokai took a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first, with RBI singles by Nohi Meyer and Levi Horner-Villa and three of the Trojans’ nine errors.
After Koal Kaulia-Makaiwi led off the second with a base hit, Rapanot sent a liner to right field that rattled around at the fence as he rounded the bases. Meyer and Brayden Willing-McCutcheon added doubles in the five-run inning.
“We woke up this morning, ate breakfast, kept ourselves together and got it done,” Rapanot said.
The Trojans got back-to-back doubles from Ryan Apel and Nick Asuncion and an RBI single by Micah Van Alstine in the fourth before Hanalei Dudoit-Enos retired the final five batters he faced to end the game via mercy rule.
St. Anthony (1-6) has just one senior, Apel.
“Molokai is a great team and they showed it today,” said Trojans coach Kainoa Ribao. “We definitely feel like we are rebuilding the program with our young talent.”
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Nick Asuncion, Ryan Apel (3) and Colby Tam; Hanalei Dudoit-Enos and Trevor Takata. W-Dudoit-Enos. L-Asuncion. 2B-St. Anthony: Asuncion, Apel; Molokai: Brayden Willing-McCutcheon, Nohi Meyer. HR-Molokai: David Rapanot.