Dalessio tosses two-hitter as Kailua shuts out Iolani
WAILUKU – Wyatt Dalessio wasn’t worried.
The senior was in the midst of a pitchers’ duel, but he and Kailua High School got the better of Iolani in a Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championship first-round game Wednesday afternoon at Maehara Stadium.
“I just trusted in (my defense) and I just hoped they made the plays and they did,” Dalessio said after he pitched a two-hitter to lead the Surfriders to a 2-0 win.
Dalessio struck out five batters and walked two as Kailua (11-7) advanced to a quarterfinal game today against fourth-seeded Hilo.
Iolani (5-8) will play Wai-pahu in a consolation game.
Kahaku Iaea drove in a run in the top of the sixth with a single to right field, and an error allowed another run to score on the play.
Kailua had loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth. Corey Louis-Soares doubled on one bounce to the wall in left field, Dalessio was hit by a pitch and Bryce Ah Sam singled on a bloop to right field.
Keola Himan popped out to shallow center before Iaea’s line-drive single.
Louis-Soares finished the day 3-for-4. Ah Sam was 2-for-3.
The Surfriders turned double plays in the first and second innings, the first of which Dalessio started himself with the bases loaded.
“My fastball was my get-over pitch and let them hit and let my defense do the work,” the 6-foot right-hander said. “That’s all.”
After the first inning, Dalessio faced only two batters over the minimum.
“We just were fortunate to come out on top,” Kailua coach Corey Ishigo said. “We have been trusting our defense the whole year. They only look young – they play like they’re seniors.”
Bronson Ichimura went six innings for Iolani, striking out three batters and walking none.
“The Kailua pitcher threw an extremely good game,” said Raiders coach Brent Shimokawa. “He kept the ball down, he was a little bit effectively wild. The bottom line is we didn’t put the ball in play enough.
“Bronson threw a good game, too. It was unfortunate, we got a little bit loose and they scratched for two runs on us and we couldn’t come back.”
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Wyatt Dalessio and Royce Komesu. Bronson Ichimura, Corey Nakakura (7) and John Ryan Matsuura. W-Dalessio. L-Ichimura. 2B-Kailua: Corey Louis-Soares.