OIA Base­ball Tour­na­ment Starts To­day

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

No one will be sur­prised if the OIA base­ball ti­tle comes out of the Red West this weekend. As in past years, the Red West once again proved it­self to be ar­guably the most bal­anced base­ball con­fer­ence in the state. In­deed, you know the league is ul­tra- com­pet­i­tive when peren­nial power Pearl City fails to make the field.

Pair­ings for the OIA tour­na­ment, which be­gins to­day (April 30) at high schools across Oahu, were still to be de­ter­mined at press time, but Camp­bell is as­sured of host­ing a quar­ter­fi­nal game at 3:30 p.m. Thurs­day against an op­po­nent still to be de­ter­mined. The OIA semi­fi­nals and cham­pi­onship game will be played Fri­day and Satur­day, re­spec­tively, at Hans L’Or­ange Field in Waipahu. The top six fin­ish­ers in the OIA re­ceive the league’s berths for the Di­vi­sion I state tour­na­ment May 13-16 in Les Mu­rakami Sta­dium at UH-Manoa.

A look at West Oahu teams fol­lows. Aiea High Sea­son record: 4-8 in OIA Red West

Key wins: Over Mililani 6-1 March 19, over Pearl City 2-0 March 26, over Waipahu 9-2 April 5

Na Ali‘i at a glance: De­spite en­ter­ing the post­sea­son with just a 4-8 record, Aiea was only a few plays away from a much bet­ter fate dur­ing the sea­son, as three of its losses (3-2 to Leile­hua, 1-0 to Camp­bell and 7-5 to Kapolei) could have been wins. Pro­duc­ing more of­fense will be among Aiea’s greater chores now, as it mus­tered just three runs in its fi­nal sea­son games. Aiea av­er­aged 6.2 runs per game in its four wins. Camp­bell High Sea­son record: 11-1 in OIA Red West

Key wins: Over Mililani 5-4 March 5, over Mililani 2- 0 March 26, over Waipahu 5-2 April 11, over Aiea 2-0 April 16

Sabers at a glance: The Sabers were as flaw­less as a team could be in their Red West sea­son, win­ning the first 11 games as well as post­ing five shutouts along the way to earn the top seed. All told, the team gave up just 12 runs in its 11 league games, by far the fewest yielded by any OIA team.

A stel­lar pitch­ing staff of Zach Kapihe, Dor­rien Vil­lanueva-He­mo­sura, Ian Ka­haloa and Dirk Patrick Hin­man has kept the op­po­si­tion down.

Of­fen­sively, Camp­bell also has been sec­ond to none, pro­duc­ing an OIARed West-best 75 runs in its 12 games to date. Kapolei High Sea­son record: 5-7 in OIA Red West

Key wins: Over Aiea 7-5 March 8, over Waipahu 3-1 April 16, over Pearl City 3-2 April 19, over Aiea 9-6 April 2

Hur­ri­canes at a glance: If any team is peak­ing at play­off time, it may be the Hur­ri­canes, who won four of their last six games. That stretch in­cluded a pair of de­fen­sive gems ver­sus both Waipahu (a 3-1 win) and Pearl City (a 3-2 win).

Re­move from the mix a 10-0 loss at mid-sea­son to Camp­bell, and Kapolei was in ev­ery game this spring.

Pitcher Aizon Kahana has been a key per­former so far with a 1.75 ERA and a 3-2 record. Waipahu High Sea­son record: 6-6 in OIA Red West

Key wins: Over Aiea 6- 1 March 12, over Mililani 12- 1 April 2, over Pearl City 4-1 April 9

Ma­raud­ers at a glance: The Ma­raud­ers will be­gin the post-sea­son this week look­ing to re­group af­ter los­ing three of their last four games, which cost them a first-round bye.

Se­nior pitcher Dy­lan Sugi­moto (three wins, two losses and a save) has been among the state’s best as ex­pected, com­pil­ing an ERA of .088 in 32 in­nings of work. On the of­fen­sive side, Waipahu’s 58 runs scored ranked it sec­ond only to Red West cham­pion Camp­bell dur­ing the sea­son.

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