Farmers go undefeated in MIL play
WAILUKU – St. Anthony High School’s Travis Delima led off Saturday’s baseball game against Molokai with an infield single.
The rest of the day at Maehara Stadium belonged to David Rapanot and the Farmers.
Molokai, playing just its fifth Maui Interscholastic League game this year, rolled to the MIL Division II title with a 12-0, five-inning win over the Trojans in the tournament final.
Delima was the only batter to reach base against Rapanot, who finished with a one-hitter – and while his fastball was commanding, his bat was even better.
Rapanot finished the day 4-for-4 with two triples, four RBIs and a towering three-run homer that ended the game.
“Both,” Rapanot said when asked if he was happier with his hitting or pitching. “Both, and my team’s effort.”
The Farmers officially finished the MIL season 7-0 – they had a rainout that was not made up and two forfeit wins over the Trojans in the regular season – but have actually taken the field just four other times since mid-March.
Molokai went 3-0 in its preseason tournament, and lost three one-run games in Maui High’s tournament.
The Farmers will be the MIL’s only representative in next week’s state tournament.
“That’s pretty tough, but I think we will be ready,” Rapanot said.
Rapanot told coach Mike McCutcheon he was “locked in,” and lamented a rainout that had postponed the game with St. Anthony from Friday.
“Batting practice yesterday – just stayed on the ball,” Rapanot said. “The home run I knew was out, the triples I was too out in front.”
Rapanot is a prospect for next month’s Major League Baseball draft. If that doesn’t go as he hopes, he will attend Feather River Junior College in California.
“Just outstanding preparation, great job,” McCutcheon said of Rapanot. “That first hit was a legit hit. They got a hit and he just picked up his tempo and just went with it.”
Rapanot struck out the side in the second and third innings, needing just nine pitches in the third.
“His fastball was up a little bit, but he made the adjustment,” said McCutcheon, a former minor league pitcher. “He was pitching with a purpose.”
Molokai scored three runs in the bottom of the second, on an RBI single by Kahanu Alcon and a two-run error.
In the third, Rapanot led off with a stand-up triple that hit the left-field wall on one bounce. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Trevor Takata smacked an RBI single and Alcon followed with a sacrifice.
In the fourth, Codi Kamakana reached on a one-out error and Rapanot followed with his second triple to nearly the same spot in left. Nohi Meyer and Takata walked to load the bases before St. Anthony catcher Colby Tam picked off Takata at first for the second out. Alcon then delivered a two-run single to make it 8-0.
In the fifth, Koal Kaulia-Makaiwi led off with a triple to left, spelling the end for St. Anthony starter Nick Asuncion. Tam relieved and Brayden Willing-McCutcheon walked, Marcus Calairo-Akutagawa hit an RBI single and Rapanot ended the game with just the fifth home run at Maehara Stadium this spring.
“He was outstanding,” Trojans coach Keoni Matson said of Rapanot, whose team finishes 4-4. “I can see him in the MLB shortly, definitely. They are going to represent well at state, they are a tough team.”
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Nick Asuncion, Colby Tam (5) and Tam, Asuncion (5); David Rapanot and Trevor Takata. W-Rapanot. L-Asuncion. 3B-Molokai: Rapanot 2, Koal Kaulia-Makaiwi, Nohi Meyer. HR-Molokai: Rapanot.
Leading hitters-Molokai: Rapanot 4-4, 3 runs, 4 RBI; Kahanu Alcon 3-3, 5 RBI; Kaulia-Makaiwi 2-3, run.