STATE CHAMPIONS! Pearl City is King of the Hill

May 10, 2011 | PC Sports


Pearl City captured the 2011 Wally Yonamine Foundation HHSAA State Division I Baseball Championship with a 2-1 victory over Moanalua on Monday at Les Murakami Stadium.

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The newly crowned Wally Yonamine Foundation HHSAA State Baseball Division I Champion, Pearl City

Chargers, celebrate after their 2-1 victory over Moanalua on Monday at Les Murakami Stadium.


They were calling out his name from the stands, "Get Isaac to the plate!" They wanted the bat in the hands of the Chargers # 9 hitter in the batting line up and boy did he come through.

Starting catcher, Isaac Shim drilled a 2 RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh inning that scored Sean Milan from third who came in to pinch run for Kyle Tom, who got on base earlier with a one out single, and Tanner Tokunaga from second base to put the Chargers up 2-1 over the Na Menehune.

"It was scary, I tried my best for my team," said Shim on his game winning single."I saw all the seams on the ball and just reacted."

The single came off of Shim's cousin, Bronson Shim who relieved Na Menehune starter, Regan Lum with 2 outs in the top of the seventh.

Both Isaac Shim and Tanner Tokunaga went 2-3 at the plate for the Chargers.

Moanalua scored their only run of the ball game in the sixth inning when Kamalu Kamoku stroked a two out double to left center field off of Chargers starting pitcher, Chevas Numata that scored Bronson Shim from first base.

Earlier in the inning a Na Menehune base runner was called out at second base due to an interference call that played a big role in Moanalua's run production for the inning.

Numata never flinched in the late innings and finished the seventh inning as strong as the first in going the distance, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six.

"I felt good, I felt comfortable on the mound knowing my "D" got my back," said Numata."

In his first year as the Chargers Skipper, coach Mitch Yamato knew that he inherited a very special bunch of ball players that could come through when asked to do so.

"This feels great for them, they worked hard," said coach Yamato. "The coaches worked hard. We were just along for the ride. That's the main part. We really enjoyed it."

The future looks bright for the Chargers with a team that fielded a good number of underclassman that played integral roles during their championship run. One of those ball players is freshman third baseman and pitcher Tanner Tokunaga who made the All Tournament Team with his clutch hitting especially in today's championship game.

"It felt really good to help my team get one step closer to winning the game," said Tokunaga. "Today I just sat back on the pitchers curve ball and just stuck my bat on it. This feels really good, hopefully we can keep it going next year."

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Chevas Numata pictured on the mound for the Chargers on his way to a complete game performance.

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Moanalua head coach Scott Yamada pleading his case against his base runner

being called out at second due to interference at second base in the sixth inning.

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Kyle Tom came through for the Chargers with a one out single in the top of the seventh inning.

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Tanner Tokunaga pictured scoring the winning run in the top of the seventh off of

Isaac Shim's 2 out , 2 RBI single that scored both Tokunaga and Sean Milan.

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Isaac Shim hustled to second base after hitting a game winning 2 RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.                                                   

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Moanalua starting pitcher, Regan Lum pitched into the seventh inning before being relieved

by Bronson Shim with two outs.

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Moanalua's Bronson Shim relieved starter Regan Lum with two outs in the top of the

seventh inning and gave up a game winning 2 RBI single to cousin Isaac Shim.

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Tournament Co-MVP's #13 Chevas Numata and #12 Isaac Shim congratulate

each other during the Chargers championship, post game celebration.

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The Champions addressing the Chargers fans, family and friends with a gesture of appreciation for their


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Pearl City High School administrators who were present last night from left to right: Athletics Director Reid

Shigemasa, Vice Principal Hahn Nguyen, Principal Carlyn Fujimoto and Vice Principal Joseph Halfmann.

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Zach was there! His spirit could be felt all around the ball park.


@ Les Murakami Stadium

Pearl City  (14-5)          000 000 2 – 2 7 1

Moanalua  (14-2-1)      000 001 0 – 1 4 3 


W – Numata

L –  Lum


Division I All-Tournament Team

as selected by HHSAA staff

1B – Kamalu Kamoku, Moanalua
2B – Ross Hasegawa, Moanalua
3B – Jordan DePonte, Moanalua
SS – Kila Zuttermeister, Kailua
OF – Marcus Doi, Mid-Pacific
OF – Kory Sasaoka, Kailua
OF – Bronson Shim, Moanalua
C – Isaac Shim, Pearl City
P – Brysen Dafun, Baldwin
P – Chevas Numata, Pearl City
Util – Tanner Tokunaga, Pearl City

Co-Most Valuable Players –

Chevas Numata, Pearl City; Isaac Shim, Pearl City