Maui High falls to Campbell

Corniel excited for young team’s future following 3-0 loss

Campbell High School’s Cody Ranit dives back to second on a fourth-inning pickoff attempt as Maui High second baseman Zach Dando covers the bag during Campbell’s 3-0 win over Maui High in a Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I Baseball State Championship consolation game Friday morning at Maehara Stadium. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

WAILUKU — The Maui High School baseball team was up bright and early for a little breakfast bracket action on Friday morning at Maehara Stadium.

The Sabers’ season ended with a 3-0 loss to Campbell in a consolation semifinal in the HHSAA/Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I fifth-place semifinal. While the game allowed them to avoid the school day, it also added to the learning curve for the youngsters from Kahului.

Campbell senior starting pitcher Ayzek Silva limited Maui High to four hits, struck out eight and walked two on Saturday. Maui High rallied to beat Campbell in the 2017 state semifinals with Silva as the starter on the mound, although he did not take the official loss that night.

Maui High won the 2017 state title before missing the tournament altogether last season.

“We were facing one of the best pitchers in the state with Silva,” Maui High coach Chase Corniel said. “We faced him before two years ago and now he’s a senior, he’s their ace, and it was a good experience for everyone. When you’re facing a pitcher that good, you don’t have many pitches to hit and you have to be ready to go right out of the box.”

Maui High’s Aiden Vigneux hits a fifth-inning single. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Maui High (9-7) started two freshmen, three sophomores, four juniors and just one senior, designated hitter M.J. Balmores. Aidan Vigneux entered as a defensive replacement, Kaisen Domingo appeared as a courtesy runner and Hauoli Caliva struck out in the seventh inning as a pinch hitter — all are seniors.

The day was about building the foundation that carried a senior-laden group to the 2017 state crown — Corniel is back at the helm after taking last season off for family reasons.

“It’s a good mindset change for them, they have got to understand they are playing the best, they cannot get away with little things, the things that we might get away with in other leagues, they know now they are just going to leave it here,” Corniel said. “We took a big step forward, however, we still have to work and we still have to get that done as far as preparing our players for next year, just keep moving forward.”

Corniel said he is excited about next season with solid freshman starters like Zach Dando and Kymani Corpuz, and a junior nucleus led by shortstop Tyrell Ruiz and pitcher/first baseman Aizeah Lakalaka.

“Definitely excited,” Corniel said. “We’re going to miss the seniors — they are a great bunch of kids and they work hard, we wish them the best. At the same time, too, we have a lot of young guys that we have to mold and get them ready for next year.”

Maui High catcher Keelan Yagi catches a fourth-inning popup. -- The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Campbell jumped on top 2-0 in the first inning on an RBI double by Varen Sabino and a run-scoring single by Ansley Isaacs-Acosta.

Campbell added a run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Shayden Sabangan, who was the only batter in the game to collect two hits.

Campbell (13-4) advances to the consolation final today at 10:30 a.m. against Saint Louis.

“That’s very important, especially for the younger underclassmen to get that experience,” Campbell coach Glenn Flores said.

Flores knows Maui High well.

“They’re scrappy,” Flores said. “They are going to be a force to be reckoned with next year because they are a really young team. I’m impressed.”

Silva was masterful in his 90-pitch complete game. He plans to continue his career at Shoreline Community College in Washington.

“Ayzek threw a hell of a game,” Flores said. “It’s a really, really good experience for us. He’s our guy — he’s our No. 1 guy, he’s always been.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com

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Campbell 210 000 0–3 5 0

Maui High 000 000 0–0 4 1

Ayzek Silva and Ansley Isaacs-Acosta. Nainoa Garso, Boden Woodard (2) and Keelan Yagi. W–Silva. L–Garso. 2B–Campbell: Varen Sabino.

Leading hitters–Campbell: Shayden Sabangan 2-4, RBI.

KAMEHAMEHA KAPALAMA 5, WAIAKEA 4

The Warriors of Oahu advanced to the fifth-place game with a win over the Big Island Warriors.

Kamehameha Kapalama (15-9) will face Kaiser at 1 p.m. today. Christian DeJesus pitched the last five innings, allowing one run, striking out seven and walking none to pick up the win.

Dante Park was 2-for-2 at the plate, scoring twice, to lead Kapalama’s six-hit attack.

Waiakea’s season ended at 15-5.

KS Kapalama 010 310 0–5 6 1

Waiakea 040 000 0–4 3 3

Kalae Holt, Christian DeJesus (2) and Brayden Burnett. Khaden Victorino, Rysen Ross (4), Braxton Cagampang (5) and Elijah Igawa. W–DeJesus. L–Ross. 2B–Kamehameha Kapalama: Dante Park. 3B–Waiakea: Stone Miyao.

Leading hitters–Kamehameha Kapalama: Park 2-2, 2 runs.

KAISER 10, KAILUA 0, 5 innings

Noah Matsumoto knocked in four runs in a 2-for-3 day at the plate that included a triple to lead the Cougars to the fifth-place game.

Kaiser (11-7) got a complete-game shutout from Jarrett Nam, who threw a three-hitter with three strikeouts and no walks.

Kailua’s season ended at 13-5. Matthew Kaleiohi was 2-for-2 at the plate for the Surfriders.

Kailua 000 00– 0 3 3

Kaiser 050 05–10 7 0

Bryson Ewaliko, Ryan Inouye (4), Raven Gauthe-Santos (5) and Kalua Neves, Kaelan Kauahi (4). Jarrett Nam and Ty Komoda. W–Nam. L–Ewaliko. 3B–Kaiser: Noa Matsumoto.

Leading hitters–Kailua: Matthew Kaleiohi 2-2. Kaiser: Matsumoto 2-3, 4 RBIs; Gyson Oshiro 2-2, run.

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