Softball Warriors triumph against Sabers


Photo by Daisy Draper

Madison Vaught heads for home, Monday, March 17, 2014, at Patsy Mink Field. The Maui Warriors won this game against the Maui High Sabers, 7-1.

By Daisy Draper, staff writer

The KSM softball Warriors won 7-1 against Maui High Monday at Pasty Mink Field.

A Monday game is unusual. The game was originally planned for Saturday, March 15, but was cancelled and moved due to heavy rain. The weather was not much better on Monday, but the girls were still able to play. It was not raining, but there were strong winds.

“The wind always hangs up the ball, so if there is a hit in the air, the wind’s going to hold it up, and the ball can land in a different place, but I think our team adjusted to that really well,” shortstop Madison Vaught said.

The Warriors started strong with Tiana Sakumoto, Cheyenne Maio-Silva, Mahie Kama, and Kauilani Lonzaga crossing home plate and putting up four points right away. 

The second inning was a quick one with only four at bats, and both teams also remained scoreless in the third inning.

In the fourth inning, Kristian Rosete got on base with a single. She eventually scored along with Sakumoto before Lonzaga struck out and ended the inning stranding Madison Vaught at third. The Sabers also scored in this inning and the inning ended 6-1 in favor of the Warriors.

In the fifth inning Montana Vaught scored the final run for the Warriors on sacrifices by Kauimakamae Uwekoolani and Megan Miguel and a single RBI by Rosete.

The sixth inning went by quickly with the first three batters, Kama, Madison Vaught, and Kaiulani Vila, all thrown out at first, and in the top of the seventh inning, the Sabers were unable to score. The game ended at the end of the bottom of the half with the Warriors winning 7-1.

Vila, Madison Vaught, Maio-Silva, and Uwekoolani are the only seniors on the team, and Lonzaga, Miguel, and Kama are all sophomores.

“These underclassmen that came in are really strong players, and we are really happy we got them. They are going to help us in our future,” Coach Angus Peters said.

This game was a second win for the Warriors. The first win was against King Kekaulike High School.

The Warriors have been working hard on bonding and becoming more of a team at the start of this season.

“We’ve had a tough couple practices. We had to work on our mindset; finishing strong, but also starting strong and keeping it going, picking each other up when we are down and everything. It is just a team-building, mind-building kind of thing,” Madison Vaught said.

The Warriors play against King Kekaulike for the second time today, March 19 at Eddie Tam Softball Field at 4:00 p.m.