Tokunaga provides the firepower in Pearl City’s 9-3 win over Waipahu

Apr 4, 2013 | PC Sports



Pearl City's Tanner Tokunaga got a second chance on Wednesday to avenge an earlier season loss to Waipahu with a stellar performance from the mound and from the plate in the Chargers 9-3 win over the Marauders in OIA Red Western Division Baseball played at Pearl City High School.

Tokunaga earned the win for the Chargers holding the Marauders to three runs on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks in seven complete innings.

Tokunaga also had a hot bat for the Chargers hitting 2-3 with 2 RBI and 1 Run scored.

Joshua Maglangit took the loss for the Marauders. Maglangit allowed nine runs on eight hits with five walks in 4 2/3 innings. Matapua Ulufale and Jordan Mendiola pitched the fifth and sixth innings in relief for the Marauders.

Pearl City improves to 6-3 in league play. Waipahu is 5-4.

The Chargers have found their groove in second round play and  also find themselves with an the opportunity to knock off the three teams that handed the Chargers first round losses by a combined total of four runs. 

Waipahu was the first in line for the Chargers. The Chargers lost to the Marauders 4-3 in eight innings in the first round. Wednesday's 9-3 win made it obvious that the Chargers have stepped up their game in the second round.

Next up is a rematch with Mililani (5-4) on Thursday. The Chargers lost a close 4-2 ball game at home on March 13 to the Trojans. The Chargers will face league leading Campbell (10-0) at home on April 10. The Sabers beat the Chargers in a come from behind  4-3 win. The Chargers finish the regular season at Aiea (4-5) on April 13. Pearl City beat the Na Ali'i 4-2 at home n the first round.

The Chargers currently sit in second place in the OIA Red Western Division. The top two teams receive a first round bye in the playoffs.

Go Chargers!

Scoring Summary:
Bottom 1st

Matt Tsutomi got on with a ground rule double that advanced Colby Hirano from first to third base. Kamalu Neal hit a two RBI Triple that scored Colby Hirano and Matt Tsutomi. Kyle Tom drove in Isaiah Aribal from third base who entered the game as a courtesy runner for Kamalu Neal at third base. Pearl City took a 3-0 lead after one complete inning.

Top 2nd

Waipahu scored on an RBI single by Jordan Mendiola.

3-1 Pearl City.

Bottom 3rd

Tanner Tokunaga led off the bottom of the third inning with a single. Colby Hirano moved Tokunaga to second base on sac bunt.  Tokunaga advanced to third base on a pass ball at home plate. Tokunaga scored on a pass ball at the plate with the base loaded and two outs. Shaye Higa popped out for the third out leaving to runners on base.

4-1 Pearl City.

Top 4th

Matapua Ulufale led off the top of the inning with a triple to right field. Graysen Fuentes hit an RBI single to right field with two outs that scored Ulufale from third base. Next batter grounded out for the third out leaving one runner on base.

4-2 Pearl City.

Bottom 5th

Matt Tsutomi walked to lead off the bottom of the inning. Kamalu Neal got hit by a pitch. Ryne Tokunaga came in the game as a courtesy runner for Neal at first base. Kyle Tom hit a single to left field to load the bases. Next batter Sean Milan popped out. Isaiah Aribal reached first base on an infield grounder that forced out Tsutomi at the plate. Shiloh Baniaga hit an infield RBI single that scored Tokunaga from third base. Aribal got forced out at second base on the play. Baniaga stole second base putting runners on second and third. Dane Kaneshiro drove in Tom from third base with an RBI single. Baniaga scored from second base on pick-off attempt that advanced Kaneshiro to third base. Next batter Jason Komoda walked putting runners on first and third with two outs. Waipahu made a pitching change bringing in Matapua Ulufale from third base in relief of Joshua Maglangit. Next batter Tanner Tokunaga hit a two out, two RBI single that scored Kaneshiro and Komoda. Next batter Colby Hirano walked. Matt Tsutomi flied out to left field for the third out leaving two runners on base. Pearl City scored five runs in the inning.

Pearl City 9-2.

Top 6th

Justin Padilla led off the top of the sixth inning with a single that got past the right fielder allowing Padilla to advance to third base. Padilla scored on sac ground out. 

Pearl City 9-3

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Matt Tsutomi powers a ground rule double to left field in the bottom of  the

first inning. Tsutomi scored in the inning on Kamalu Neal's two RBI triple.

Tsutomi finished the game hitting 1-3 with a double and 1 Run scored.

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Kamalu Neal blasts a two RBI triple off of Waipahu starting pitcherJoshua Maglangit in thebottom

the first inning that scored Colby Hiranoand Matt Tsutomi. The Chargers took an early 2-0 lead.

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Matapua Ulufale blasts a triple off of Pearl City starting pitcher TannerTokunaga in the

top of the fourth inning. Ulufale would score in the inningon an RBI single by Graysen

Fuentes. Waipahu trailed Pearl City 4-2heading to the bottom of the fourth inning.

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Graysen Fuentes drives in Matapua Ulufale from third base with an RBI single in the top of the fourth inning.                                                     

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Shiloh Baniaga hits an RBI single scoring Ryne Tokunaga from third basein the bottom

of the fifth inning that increased the Chargers lead over theMarauders to 5-2.

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Kyle Tom scores from third base on a RBI single by Dane Kaneshiro that put the

Chargers up 6-2 in the bottom of the fifth inning.

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Shiloh Baniaga scores from second base on a pick-off attempt at secondbase that went into

centerfield advancing Dane Kaneshiro to third base.The Chargers took a 7-2 lead over the Marauders.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Waipahu made a pitching change in the bottom of the fifth inning bringing in Matapua Ulufale

from third base in relief of Joshua Maglangit with two runners on base and two outs.

                                                              Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Tanner Tokunaga rips a two RBI single off of Matapua Ulufale scoring Dane Kaneshiro

and Jason Komoda to put the Chargers up 9-2 in the bottom ofthe fifth inning.

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Dane Kaneshiro scores on Tanner Tokunaga's two RBI single that put the Chargers up 8-2.                                                                                

@ Pearl City High School

Waipahu (5-4)     0   1   0   1   0   1   0      3   5   1

Pearl City (6-3)    3   0   1   0   5   0   X      9   9   1

Leading Hitters:

Waipahu  –  Matapua Ulufale 1-3, 3B, 1 Run; Graysen Fuentes 1-3, RBI; Jordan Mendiola 1-3, RBI; Justin Padilla 1-3, 1 Run; #18 1-3, 1 Run.

Pearl City – Tanner Tokunaga 2-3, 2 RBI, 1 Run; Kyle Tom 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 Run; Kamalu Neal 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI; Matt Tsutomi 1-3, 2B, 1 Run; Shiloh Baniaga 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 Run; Dane Kaneshiro 1-2, 1 RBI, 1 Run; Colby Hirano 1-2, 1 Run.