Pearl City over Waialua 11-1 in District 7 Majors tournament opener

Jul 5, 2012 | PC Sports

 

Pearl City scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to force the 10-run mercy rule and defeat Waialua in the opening round of the 2012 District 7 Majors Little League Tournament played yesterday at Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio.

It was an opening tournament day where lopsided scores forced three out of three opening round match ups to end early via the 10-run mercy rule.

In the first game, Nanakuli blanked Ewa 17-0. MKH overwhelmed Waipahu 26-2 followed by Pearl City's 11-1 margin of victory over Waialua.

Today's second round matches Nanakuli against Waipio at 9:00am. Waipio had a first round bye on Wednesday. Pearl City will take on MKH at 12:00pm. Waipahu and Waialua play at 3:00pm in the losers bracket of the double elimination tournament.

Pearl City went out to take a quick lead yesterday after tagging Waialua starting pitcher Nathan Hatchie for three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Pearl City’s Davin Kapuras put Pearl City on the board after hitting an RBI double that scored Carter Hirano from first base. Jerick Nomura entered the game to pinch run for Kapuras. Nomura scored the innings second run from third base on a pass ball at the plate. Christian Onomura got on with a single. Alihikaua Rodrigues reached first base with an infield hit. Nohea Hee grounded out scoring Onomura for the third run of the inning. Pearl City led 3-0.

In the bottom of the third inning, Pearl City scored two more runs to take a 5-0 lead. Carter Hirano scored from first base after Matthew Valencia hit an infield grounder that was fielded and thrown away at first base. Valencia made it to second base on the play. Jerick Nomura grounded out advancing Valencia to third base. Next batter Alihikaua Rodrigues grounded out scoring Valencia from third base. Pearl City ended the inning up 5-0.

Waialua scored their only run of the ball game in the top of the fourth inning on an RBI single to right field by Rustin Worley that scored Devin Pascual from first base.

Pearl City answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with one run on an infield grounder by Carter Hirano that scored Sam Prentice from third base. Pearl City left the bases loaded to end the inning leading 6-1.

Kahiau Anderson entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning in relief of Sam Prentice who pitched four complete innings allowing one run on one hit. Anderson held Waialua to no runs and no hits in one inning of work.

Waialua made a pitching change to the start the bottom of the fifth inning bringing in Rion Stromildo in relief of Nathan Hatchie who pitched four complete innings allowing 6 runs on three hits. Pearl City's Nohea Hee showed her power at the plate after jumping on a Stromildo pitch for a two-run homerun that sailed over the centerfield fence for an 8-0 lead. Waialua made a pitching change after Pearl City put two more runners on base. Emilio Lorenzo took the mound in relief of Stromildo. Kahiau Anderson scored run number nine from third base on a single by Sam Prentice. Next batter Brannon Liu stroked a 2 RBI single that scored Christian Pacrem and Anderson for runs 10 and 11 that forced the 10-run rule mercy rule and ended the game at 11-1.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Matthew Valencia pictured hitting an infield grounder that scored Carter Hirano from first base after a throwing error in the bottom of the third inning. Valencia would later score from third base on a groundout by Alihikaua Rodrigues.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Nohea Hee touches home plate after hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning that put Pearl City up 8-0 over Waialua.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Sam Prentice pictured on the hill for Pearl City. Prentice pitched a gem throwing four complete innings, allowing one run on one hit.

                                                      Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Waialua starting pitcher Nathan Hatchie pictured in the bottom of the first inning.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Darian Obara played a great game behind the plate in Pearl City's win over Waialua.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Kahiau Anderson came into the game in the top of the fifth inning in relief of starter Sam Prentice. Anderson held Waialua to no hits and no runs in one inning of work.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Pearl City's Christian Pacrem drills a base hit in the bottom of the fifth inning and would later score on Brannon Liu's game winning 2 RBI single.

                                                       Photo by Barry Villamil | barry@mypearlcity.com

Brannon Liu drove in runs 10 and 11 to force the 10-run mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth inning.

 

@ Central Oahu Regional Park in Waipio

Waialua  (0-1)      0   0   0   1   0   X     1   

Pearl City (1-0)    3   0   2   1   5   X     11