Much Is At Stake For West Soft­ball Teams In OIA Tour­ney

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - West Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

As the OIA Di­vi­sion I and Di­vi­sion II soft­ball tour­na­ments get un­der way to­day (April 23), much is at stake for West Oahu’s Aiea, Camp­bell, Kapolei and Pearl City teams as they look to se­cure berths in the state tour­na­ments. A pre­view of each team’s prospects is be­low. (Pair­ings for the OIA tour­neys were to be an­nounced af­ter press time.) Aiea High School Sea­son record: 9- 1 (en­ter­ing last weekend)

Key wins: Over Wa­ialua 5-0 March 13, over Kala­heo 17- 4 April 12, over McKin­ley 12-4 March 11.

What to watch — Na Ali‘i at a glance: Per­haps no OIA team en­ters the post- sea­son with more mo­men­tum than Aiea, which had won nine straight games as of late last Thurs­day. Its only loss came in the sea­sonopener to Nanakuli (3-1), which was still un­de­feated en­ter­ing last weekend. A re­match be­tween the teams is a good pos­si­bil­ity this week, with Wa­ialua also ex­pected to be the race for the White ti­tle.

Pitch­ing and de­fense have been Aiea’s forte. The team had yielded just 17 runs in its first 10 games, and five of its nine wins were by shutout. Aiea took third in the OIA White last year en route to a DII state tour­na­ment berth. Camp­bell High School Sea­son record: 7- 3 (en­ter­ing last weekend)

Key wins: Over Kapolei 4- 3 March 27, over Leile­hua 11-9 April 5, over Mililani 5-2 April 10

What to watch — Sabers at a glance: Camp­bell has been the Red West’s hottest team of late with wins in six of its last seven games prior to last weekend. In­cluded in that stretch was a win over Mililani, which had held a halfgame lead over the Sabers for the top spot in the league standings.

Close en­coun­ters have de­fined Camp­bell’s sea­son to date, as six of its first 10 games were de­cided by a sin­gle run. The Sabers went 3-3 in those games. Camp­bell first base­man Caragh Smith has home­red three times for the Sabers this spring, twice in a win over Leile­hua April 5 Kapolei High School Sea­son record: 5- 5 (en­ter­ing last weekend)

Key wins: Over Mililani 3-1 March 31, over Pearl City 6-1 April 5, over Leile­hua 11-2 April 10

What to watch — Hur­ri­canes at a glance: De­spite only a .500 mark head­ing into last weekend, Kapolei could be a very dan­ger­ous team at this week’s tour­na­ment, given that it lost four games by a sin­gle run dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son. Kapolei also is play­ing its best soft­ball now, hav­ing won three of its last four games dur­ing a re­cent stretch and five of its last seven since start­ing 0- 3 in league play. A 3- 1 win over league- leader Mililani was its most im­pres­sive win.

Kayla Pedebone has been the work­horse on the mound to date, while in­fielder Amayha Dy­cus is batting .556. Pearl City High School Sea­son record: 4- 6 (en­ter­ing last weekend)

Key wins: Over Kapolei 1- 0 March 13, over Leile­hua 6-4 April 3, over Waipahu 11-4 April 10.

What to watch — Charg­ers at a glance: The Charg­ers hoped to strengthen their play­off seed­ing last Thurs­day and Satur­day when they closed out the sea­son with key home games ver­sus Camp­bell and Mililani, re­spec­tively. Like Kapolei, Pearl City was only a few plays away from a much bet­ter sea­son mark, as it dropped three heart­break­ers to Leile­hua (119), Wa­ianae ( 4- 3) and Camp­bell (5-4) in a four­day time span.

The Charg­ers also could have won the re­match with Wa­ianae, as they lost by a 1-0 count. If they can con­tinue to score runs, they have a chance to be in the mix this week.

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