Nā Aliʻi baseball takes win against Warriors in first game


Photo by Maile Sur

Junior Brennon Aloy hits a ball during the baseball game against King Kekaulike yesterday, March 20, at Maehara Stadium. Nā Aliʻi won, 12-5.

By Maile Sur, staff writer

In the first game of the season for KS Maui, the King Kekaulike boys baseball team took the win with a 12-5 lead over the Warriors yesterday, March 20, 2014, at Maehara Stadium.

“They’re were a lot of nerves in the game,” Head Coach Brandon Kanamu said, “but all-in-all they gave a good effort.”

Up to bat first, the Warriors struck out quickly.

In the bottom of the first, with the Warriors on the field, Kekaulike’s Josh Ogata hit first. He connected with the ball and hit it to center field, Ostermiller dove, but missed, getting Ogata to second.

Nā Aliʻi’s Ryley Widell hit a ball to right field, allowing Ogata to make the first run for King Kekaulike.

For the Warriors, the second inning was the same, with three quick outs. On the counter, Kekaulike got three runs by Ryder Souza, Jerami Rother and Brandon Haʻupu. The score was now 4-0 in favor of Nā Aliʻi.

In the third inning, the Warriors’ Joshua Hiwatashi scored a run off junior Keoni Keanini’s hit. After Ostermiller was walked, Keanini was able to score another run for the Warriors. The score was 4-2 in favor of Kekaulike.

Nā Aliʻi came out hard in the fourth inning, scoring four more runs by Ogata, Reid Yonamine, Ryley Widell, and Jay Teixeira. Their lead increased to 8-2.

And it didn’t stop there, Kekaulike scored another three runs in the fifth inning, bringing the score to 11-2.

But the Warriors weren’t done yet. Hiwatashi got a hit off to second at the top of the sixth inning, bringing senior Maile Santiago home. The score was now 11-3.

Junior Kaimi Gilliland hit to first, allowing juniors Brennon Aloy and Hiwatashi to score. Nā Aliʻi was still in the lead with a score of 11-5.

In the bottom of the sixth, Kekaulike got one more run in, making the final score, 12-5. There were no runs for the visiting Warriors in the seventh inning, so the game ended before the bottom of the inning.

“We need to work on some stuff, we had too many errors,” Hiwatashi said. “We just need to get better as the season goes on.”

The Warriors went through three pitchers during the game. Senior Travis J. Kanamu and juniors Keoni Keanini and Brennon Aloy.