Maui High hurt by five errors in quarterfinal loss
WAILUKU – The good fortune ran out for the Maui High School baseball team.
Maui High committed five costly errors Thursday and lost 5-1 to third-seeded Campbell in a Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Championship quarterfinal before a full house at Maehara Stadium.
“It happens,” said Maui High coach Chase Corniel. “It’s part of the game and we just didn’t take care of the ball, period.”
Campbell (15-1) will face second-seeded Mid-Pacific Institute in the semifinals today. Maui High (12-5) falls into a fifth-place semifinal against Waiakea today.
Maui High lived on the edge in its one-run win over Pearl City, but the bounces that went its way Wednesday were gone one day later.
Maui High out hit Campbell 7-3.
Campbell broke on top 4-0 in the bottom of the first inning with the help of three Maui High errors and a wild pitch. Jasten Smeigh singled in the first two runs.
“We were able to scratch for runs and that’s been our M.O. all year,” said Campbell coach Rory Pico. “We try to manufacture runs and we were fortunate we got some balls to bounce our way. They made some errors for us and we had some clutch hits as well.”
Maui High got one run back in the fifth – Jacob Tiu, Jaylan Suda and Sammy Sutton all singled to start the inning before Dustin Ko-kubun lofted a sacrifice fly, but Smeigh then struck out T.J. Molina and Callen Beeson.
In the sixth, Maui High got two hits and a walk, but could not score. Chazz Ishikawa singled with one out and took second base on an errant pickoff attempt, but was thrown out trying to stretch the play to third.
The Sabers also left seven runners on base.
Campbell, the Oahu Interscholastic Association champion, added a run in the sixth on Tryzen Patricio’s single.
Smeigh allowed all seven hits and struck out seven batters in 5 2/3 innings. Kila Kapihe got the final four outs with one hit batsman for the save.
Pedrina had two hits for Campbell, which had not been in the state tournament since it was last played on Maui four years ago.
“That was one of the messages we gave our boys,” Pico said. “We said, ‘Hey, this is their hometown, this is their home field, they know what it’s all about. They have got a lot of pride.’ We were expecting them to be tough today and they were tough today.”
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Sammy Sutton and Jaylan Suda; Jasten Smeigh, Kila Kapihe (6) and Tryzen Patricio. W-Smeigh. L-Sutton. Sv-Kapihe.