Waiakea shuts out Maui High to win state championship rematch

Kalai Rosario of Waiakea High School slides safely into home plate in front of Maui High pitcher Mikito Barkman as David Nakamura looks on in the first inning of the Warriors’ 5-0 win over the Sabers in a Maui High Tournament game Friday night at Maehara Stadium. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

WAILUKU — The state championship rematch didn’t go well for the Maui High School baseball team Friday night at Maehara Stadium.

Waiakea beat the defending state champion 5-0 in the 43rd annual Maui High School Invitational Baseball Tournament.

The Warriors rode a one-hit, complete-game pitching performance by senior left-hander David Nakamura to the victory. He struck out nine and walked none.

“It’s good for the kids, they worked hard in the offseason,” Waiakea coach Rory Inouye said. “I’m not going to lie, Maui was the motivation, right, in this rematch, but it’s a new team, it’s a new year. For us, we’re just happy to get the first win of the preseason under our belts and I’m sure we’re going to see Maui at states and it’ll be a new team and a new game, but we’re glad to get one today.”

Jyrah Lalim smacked a line-drive single to left leading off the bottom of the seventh for the Sabers’ lone hit of the game.

Maui High School’s Jyrah Lalim waits for a throw at second base in front of Waiakea’s Devin Midel in the second inning Friday. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

“He wants to take the staff, he’s a senior and they’re confident behind him,” Inouye said.

First-year Maui High coach Leonard Barcoma Jr. declined to comment after the game.

The Sabers’ first two batters of the game — Kolten Texeira and Kainalu Tancayo — both reached on errors, but Nakamura recovered to retire the next three batters on two popups and a strikeout to get out of the jam.

That started a string of 18 straight outs for Nakamura. He allowed just three baserunners in the game.

The Warriors jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Kalai Rosario led off with a single to center field off Sabers starter Mikito Barkman and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Khaden Victorino walked and scored on a single by Nakamura, who scored on a single by Devin Midel. Cody Kunimitsu walked and singled on a sacrifice fly by Casey Yamauchi.

Warriors pitcher David Nakamura delivers in the first inning. -- The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo

Barkman — last season’s state tournament Most Outstanding Player after winning two games on the mound, including the state final 6-1 over the Warriors — uncorked three wild pitches and walked two in the inning. He lasted three innings, giving way to Haoa Jarnesky to start the fourth.

The Sabers’ defense was stellar for most of the night, committing just one error.

Nakamura doubled but was caught off third base by shortstop Lalim for the second out of the fourth inning. Midel was the final out of the fourth when Sabers right fielder Texeira threw him out at third base on a single by Yamauchi.

Lalim leaped high to snag a would-be gapper by Nakamura to end the sixth inning. Jarnesky allowed two hits, struck out one and walked none in three scoreless innings.

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

WAIAKEA 5, MAUI HIGH 0

Waiakea 040 000 1–5 6 2

Maui High 000 000 0–0 1 1

David Nakamura and Casey Yamauchi; Mikito Barkman, Haoa Jarnesky (4), Jyrah Lalim (7) and Micah Balmores. W–Nakamura. L–Barkman. 2B–Waiakea: Nakamura.

KAMEHAMEHA HAWAII 5

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 1

KS Maui 000 001 0–1 1 2

KS Hawaii 102 110 x–5 13 2

Tristan Catan, Konner Palmeira (4) and Ross Panlasigui; Kalani Marquez, Ty Atkins (6), Justice Ishii (6) and Bryce Furuli, Dallas Duarte (4). W–Marquez. L–Catan. 2B–KSH: Dan Ahuna, Marquez.

Leading hitters–KSH: Ahuna 3-4, run, RBI; Duarte 2-4, run; Dustin Asuncion 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kyran Kai 2-4, run; Kekona Naipo-Arsiga 2-4, run; Marquez 2-3, run, RBI.

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 6, AIEA 5

KS Maui 101 301 0–6 5 1

Aiea 000 320 0–5 7 3

Graydon Tanaka, Iokepa Supent (5), Micah Kele (6) and Elijah Uwekoolani; Trey Deponte, Joe Canosa (4), Jake Nakamoto (5), Jacob Filio (7) and Dan Soranaka. W–Tanaka. L–Deponte.

Leading hitters–KSM: Isaiah Daurte 2-2, 2 runs. Aiea: Teron Kitashma 2-3, 2 RBIs; Logan Ho 2-4, 2 run.

BALDWIN 4, MARYKNOLL 4, TIE

Note: Game called due to 2-hour time limit

Baldwin 002 011 0–4 8 1

Maryknoll 031 000 0–4 6 1

Bubba Hoopii-Tuionetoa. Roy Meinen (5) and Cade Kalehuawehe; Kody Miyamoto, Michael Morgia (4), Micah Neves (7) and Leo Swartman. 2B–Baldwin: Kalehuawehe, Kaipo Haole; Maryknoll: Noah Kinder.

Leading hitters–Baldwin: Kalehuawehe 2-4, run, RBI; Haole 3-3, run, RBI. Maryknoll: Kinder 2-3, run, RBI; Tyler Quinn 2-3.

Friday’s Late Result

KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 3, AIEA 2

Aiea 000 200 0–2 4 1

KS Hawaii 200 010 x–3 7 2

Colby Narciso, Ethan Bautista (5) and Jake Nakamoto. Zakaia Michaels, Kyran Kai (7) and Dallas Duarte. W-Michaels. L–Bautista.

Leading hitters–KSH: Dustin Asuncion 2-3, run, 2B.

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