Posted: April 10, 2012 - 10:01pm
Saint Louis rallies late to push past 'Iolani, 10-7
The Raiders got on the board first, when Troy Odo came home on a balk by the pitcher, but the Crusaders would even the score in the top of the fourth, when Ryder Kuhns would hit a sacrifice fly to right that scored Kaimi Umebayashi from third.
Pono Anderson would hit a one-out single to spark a big fifth for Saint Louis, who would score five runs in the inning. Following a walk that scored pinch runner Ricky Ahlo-Pinera, Rico Garcia would single home two more runs to give the Crusaders their first lead of the game at 3-1. Shayne Kurihara would come home on a throwing error, and Garcia on a Kuhns single to stretch the lead to 5-1.
But 'Iolani would repsond, exploding for 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth. Troy Esaki led off the inning with a single to left center, advanced to second on a wild pitch and moved to third on an Austin Darmawan single. Christian Donahue would lace the third consecutive single to the right side, scoring Esaki.
Tanner Nishioka's double to center brought home Darmawan, and both Donahue and Nishioka would score on a throwing error. On the next at-bat, Jonathan Ide would draw a walk and eventually score on a fielder's choice. Corey Nakakura's single up the middle would bring home Odo for the final run of the inning to push 'Iolani ahead, 7-6.
The Crusaders would rally back to score the final four runs of the game. Isaac Ramboyon would score on a balk, followed by an Umebayashi double that scored Ka'ai Tom to give Saint Louis back the lead at 8-7 in the sixth.
Saint Louis would add two more insurance runs in the seventh, and Jordan Mopas would put down 'Iolani in order to end the game.
April 10, 2012
Saint Louis pitcher Jordan Yamamoto gets set to send a pitch to the plate against 'Iolani. Brien Ing | SL
'Iolani's Max Look was called out following a collision at home plate against Saint Louis. Brien Ing | SL