Trojans, Farmers reach baseball semis
By Fred Guzman
The MIL again has a pair of teams in the state Division-II baseball semifinals, with St. Anthony and Molokai each posting decisive victories yesterday at Hans Lâ€™Orange Field.
St. Anthonyâ€™s Jarret Stinger tossed a three-hitter and the Trojans capitalized on Konawaenaâ€™s four errors for a 6-0 quarterfinal victory, setting up a 7 oâ€™clock date tonight with Maryknoll in the semis.
Maryknoll advanced by defeating third-seeded Waipahu 6-5 in eight innings.Â The second-seeded Trojans will be looking to reach the title game for a second straight season, having lost a heartbreaker to Kauai High in last yearâ€™s final.
Kauai is back as the top seed and will against be trying to eliminate Molokai in the semis when the two teams tangle at 4:30.Â Both teams advanced with lopsided victories.Â Kauai routed Honokaa 11-0 while the Farmers handled fourth-seeded Hawaii Prep 11-5.
Both of the semifinal games will be carried live on Mauiâ€™s ESPN 550 as will a pair of earlier consolation games involving MIL teams in the D-I portion of the tournament.
Maui High, which sustained a 3-2, 11-inning loss to Kailua in the opening round, meets Mililani in an 8:30 a.m. game at Les Murakami Stadium.
At 11 a.m., Kamehameha-Maui will try to bounce back from yesterdayâ€™s 3-1 quarterfinal loss to Kamehameha-Kapalama.Â The Maui team will face top-seeded Pearl City, which suffered a 3-1 loss to five-time defending champ Punahou in yesterdayâ€™s semis.
WATER POLO:Â Third-seeded Lahainaluna suffered an 11-4 loss to Kamehameha-Kapalama in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at Central Oahu Regional Park.Â The Lunas were relegated to the consolation bracket, where they will meet Kamehameha-Hawaii at 4:30.Â Kahuku routed Kamehameha-Maui bounced back from a 12-5, first-round loss to Kahuku by posting a 6-5 win over Leilehua and will play in Saturdayâ€™s seventh-place match.
TENNIS:Â All of the MILâ€™s tennis hopes are centered on Jackie Owens, who is the only local athlete to advance to todayâ€™s quarterfinals of the state tournament being held at CORP.Â Owens is a four-time MIL singles champion who has twice reached the FF and was last yearâ€™s state runnerup.
Owens is seeking to become the first MIL player to capture the singles crown since Baldwinâ€™s Kari Luna took top honors in 1994.Â The top seed belongs to Kristin Lim of Punahou.Â Her school has won the last six team titles.