Lunas slip past KS Maui JV boys baseball


Photo by Maile Sur

Sophomore, Kekoa Ostermiller scored the first run for the Warriors during their game against Lahainaluna on Thursday, January 30, 2014. The Lunas took the win with a score of 6-7.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two outs, and Kamehameha Maui ahead by 1, the Lāhainaluna junior varsity baseball team got in one last run to steal the win, 7-6, Thursday at Lāhaina Recreational Field.

“We were gonna have to hold them to get into extra innings, but, they have last bat,” Head Coach Jason Kane said. “It’s tough, these guys worked hard.”

KS Maui’s Kekoa Ostermiller started the first inning by getting on base with a walk, and advanced to second on a sacrifice by Gabriel Won. Ostermiller eventually came in, giving the Warriors their first run, with no more scored in that inning.

The second and third innings were short with quick outs, but on defense the Warriors allowed one run by number 22 of the Lunas, and the score was 1-1 at the top of the fourth.

In the fourth inning, KS Maui upped the intensity. After one out, Jarod Santiago hit to second. The shortstop made an error, allowing Santiago to get to first.

Gomes was up to bat next. While he was at bat, Santiago stole second, and with a fourth ball, Gomes was walked to first, followed by another walk for Cruz Castillon.

With bases loaded, Ka’elo Lindsey hit to center field, scoring Santiago from third.

Zachery Luis hit a ball to second, and with another Luna error at second base, Gomes scored, putting the Warriors up 3-1.

After giving up two walks, the Lunas walked in Castillon. The Warriors scored twice more, and the score was now 6-1 in favor of Kamehameha.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Lāhaina got four more runs, scored by numbers 33, 6, 8, and 32, to bring the score to 6-5.

But the Lunas didn’t stop there. Number 15 scored one more run.

With the score now at 6-6, and only an inning to go, it was up to the Warriors to either score runs or hold the Lunas off in the bottom of the seventh.

“I was hoping the defense would back me up and make plays for me,” pitcher Kekoa Ostermiller said.

But, the Warriors went down quickly in their half of the inning at bat with three pop flies in a row that were caught.

With the Lunas at bat, KS Maui tried to shut them down to go into extra innings, but Lāhaina came out hard and slipped past the Warriors, scoring one extra run and ending the game with the win.