Belew tosses no-hit gem

Spartans pitcher strikes out 13 in 17-0, five-inning victory over Trojans

Seabury Hall’s Kenny Belew pitches in the second inning of the Spartans’ 17-0, five-inning victory over St. Anthony on Friday. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

KAHULUI — Kenny Belew came close to a no-hitter the last time he took the mound for the Seabury Hall baseball team.

Friday at Maui High field, he finished the job, recording a five-inning no-hitter with 13 strikeouts and three walks in a 17-0 win over St. Anthony.

Belew is now 2-0 on the season for the Spartans, who are 3-0 in Maui Interscholastic League Division II play. He has 25 strikeouts and seven walks, and has allowed just one hit in 11 innings pitched.

“I felt great arm-strength wise, my arm was great today,” Belew said. “Just finding my spots was really working for me.”

Due to a battle with bronchitis, Belew did not practice until Thursday after his six-inning, one-hit win over Lanai a week ago.

Seabury Hall’s Jack Almeida scores on a passed ball in the third inning Friday as St. Anthony pitcher Matthew Silva covers the plate. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

“My arm was definitely well-rested,” Belew said. “It was really good today.”

The Spartans pounded out 14 hits and put away the game with 11 runs in the top of the fifth inning. Quintin Tanaka was 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, while Jacob Luther was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI.

The Spartans have one thing on their minds — finding a way past five-time defending MIL D-II champion Molokai. The Spartans’ senior class has been part of just one win over the Farmers.

“It’s four years coming now, senior year, our team’s looking legit this year,” Belew said. “And I think we can take it. We’ve got the best squad we’ve had in a while.”

The Trojans (0-3) have played Molokai twice. Four freshmen started against Seabury Hall.

The Spartans’ Quintin Tanaka hits a second-inning single. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

They were missing all-star player Jake Gage on Friday as he is on a family vacation, but coach Lionel Montalvo sees a close battle between the Spartans and Farmers.

“That’s going to be a good race between them and Molo­kai,” Montalvo said.

Belew is considering Academy of Art University in San Francisco to continue his baseball career.

“He’s probably one of the harder throwers in the league,” Montalvo said of Belew. “We’re lucky we got this game in considering the weather. He made it quick. We’re a work in progress.”

Seabury Hall has four seniors, including catcher Jack Almeida, who knocked in two runs with a double, and second baseman Kapena Hoopai, who was 2-for-2 with two runs and three RBIs.

It all starts with Belew, however.

“That’s our team leader right there,” Seabury Hall coach Joe McFarlin said. “He contributes to our team in every single way you can — pitching, hitting, catching, defense, everything. When he’s on, our team is on. We rely a lot on him.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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Seabury Hall 312 0(11)–17 14 0

St. Anthony 000 00– 0 0 4

Kenny Belew and Jack Almeida; Matthew Silva, Robert Gebken (4) and Hunter Otani. W–Belew. L–Silva. 2B–Seabury Hall: Almeida, Kanen LaMonica.

Leading hitters–Seabury Hall: Quintin Tanaka 4-5, 3 runs, 2 RBIs; Jacob Luther 3-5, run, RBI; Kapena Hoopai 2-2, 2 runs, 3 RBIs; LaMonica 2-3, 2 runs, 3 RBIs.

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MIL STANDINGS

DIVISION I

W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 5 0 1.000 —

Maui High 3 0 1.000 1

KS Maui 2 0 1.000 1 1⁄2

King Kekaulike 0 5 .000 5

Lahainaluna 0 5 .000 5

DIVISION II

W L Pct. GB

Molokai 4 0 1.000 —

Seabury Hall 3 0 1.000 1⁄2

St. Anthony 0 3 .000 3 1⁄2

Lanai 0 4 .000 4

Friday’s Results

Molokai 11, Lanai 1, 6 innings

Seabury Hall 17, St. Anthony 0, 5 innings

Baldwin 9, King Kekaulike 1

Kamehameha Maui 9, Lahainaluna 4

Today’s Games

Molokai at Lanai, 10 a.m.

Seabury Hall vs. St. Anthony at Eddie Tam Field, 10 a.m.

Kamehameha Maui vs. Lahainaluna at Maehara Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Baldwin vs. King Kekaulike at Maehara Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

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