Surfrid­ers Slowly Tak­ing Shape On Base­ball Di­a­mond

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

Kailua’s fourth- place fin­ish at last May’s Di­vi­sion I state base­ball tour­na­ment was all the more note­wor­thy in that the Surfrid­ers were a sopho­more-dom­i­nated team.

Two weeks into pre­sea­son now, long­time head coach Corey Ishigo hasn’t seen a carry- over in mo­men­tum from last spring.

“We’re a lit­tle be­hind sched­ule,” he said. “We’re not in mid-sea­son form yet. We’ll get bet­ter as it goes on. We’re go­ing to have to, or it isn’t go­ing to be much of a sea­son.”

Kailua went 13-6 over­all in 2014, which in­cluded win­ning the OIA East crown 9-3. The team fin­ished as the OIA’s run­ner-up to Camp­bell at the league tour­na­ment last May.

While Kailua has looked to get on solid foot­ing in re­cent days, its pre­sea­son sched­ule has been as de­mand­ing as any team’s in the state, with Mililani, Saint Louis and MidPa­cific as its ini­tial op­po­nents.

“We lost all three, and there weren’t many bright spots,” said Ishigo, “ex­cept for Bren­dan Odo’s and Joey Can­tillo’s hit­ting.”

A sec­ond base­man, Odo was named an OIA East Sec­ond Team All-Star as a sopho­more last year af­ter bat­ting .313. “He’s hit­ting the ball pretty well,” Ishigo said. “He works hard not just dur­ing the sea­son, but through­out the year. He plays sec­ond, but we can play him any­where.”

Can­tillo is a sopho­more left-handed pitcher, who is com­ing off a stel­lar fresh­man cam­paign that saw him make seven ap­pear­ances in 2014. He logged 25.3 innings with an ERA of 1.98.

“He’s No. 1 or 2 right now (in the pitch­ing ro­ta­tion),” said Ishigo, who was named Red East’s Co-Coach of 2014. “He’s im­proved his throw­ing through­out the year and prob­a­bly gained eight to 10 miles (per hour) on his fast ball. He’s also hit­ting the ball well. He’s one who ded­i­cates the whole year to base­ball.”

When not on the mound, Can­tillo is usu­ally at first base, but “he can play out­field if we need him to,” said Ishigo, who also dis­closed that Kailua’s “other No. 1 or No. 2 pitcher will be a fresh­man.”

The Surfrid­ers were to play four games over the past week as part of their ap­pear­ance in the Iolani Pre-Sea­son Tour­na­ment. The team re­turns to pre­sea­son ac­tion at 9 a.m. Satur­day at home ver­sus Pu­na­hou of the ILH.

“Some guys are hit­ting, our pitch­ing has been OK, and our de­fense has been OK. The rest of the team’s bat­ting is what is keep­ing us down.”

Kailua be­gins OIA East play March 4 at home against Kaiser High.

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