Posted: May 2, 2012 - 11:16pm
Kamehameha rolls past Moanalua, 12-1, in five
The Warriors exploded for twelve runs on twelve hits offensive, while Glackin and the Kamehameha defense held Moanalua to just one run on three hits in a five-inning affair to advance to the quarterfinals of the DataHouse State Softball Championships.
"With that long break, having a day like this coming off our first game back (since the two-week layoff)... it was huge. Setting that pace for us was an awesome thing." said Kamehameha head coach Aloha Yamaguchi.
And Kamehameha would set a torrid pace from the get go, getting things going with two outs and a pair of runners on base in the first, as Kaya Naiwi would rocket a single up the middle to bring home Maelia Zablan and Brandi-Lei Smith to put the Warriors up 2-0.
After retiring the side in order in the top of the second, the Warriors would proceed to put five more runs on the board, three of them coming courtesy of a Reyna Michele Ae's fencing-clearing shot to left to build the Kamehameha lead to 7-0 after two innings.
"Before that at-bat, one of my coaches told me not to swing at change-ups... and then I swung at that change-up and I looked at him and we were just laughing cause he just told me not to." said Ae. "So I knew I had to get that back, and give him back that swing that I had, so I thought I'd do it big and do everything I could."
Moanalua would push a run across in the top of the fourth, as a high throw to first on a ground ball hit by Leisha Yamauchi would allow Cyanne Fernandez to cross home plate.
The Warriors would continue the offensive pressure, as a home run to center field by Christine Hipa started off another offensive spurt for the Warriors in the fourth inning. Ae would following with a double to score two more runs, then a Glackin triple to left would bring home Ae to increase the gap to 12-1.
Three outs away from a victory via the ten-run mercy rule, Glackin would strike out the lead batter in the top of the fifth, before surrendering the third and final hit of the game on a single to Tara Dumlao. She would then induce back-to-back grounders up the middle to end the game.
The effort put forth by the Warriors on both sides of the ball was definitely recognized by their head coach.
"I like to tell them to take one game at a time, and they exactly did put it out there..." she added. "It was such a team effort, they kept their bats going all the way and I told them it was such a chicken skin feeling to have a team come out that hard."
As superb as Glackin was on the mound, allowing just one run on three hits, striking out thee and walking two in five innings of work, she was arguably an even bigger part of the Warriors' big afternoon at the dish, going 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and 2 RBIs.
"It was more like a see-the-ball, hit-the-ball, kind of thing... and once you see the ball, once you see that pitch, your own pitch, just hit it. Just focus on the ball and not anything else." said Glackin of her day at the plate.
Ae would add a 2-run home run and a 2-run double, and Christine Hipa a solo home run for Kamehameha.
The Warriors will face third-seeded Lahainaluna tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup back at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
May 2, 2012
Kamehameha starter Fahren Glackin throws a pitch to the plate in the early going against Moanalua. Brien Ing | SL
Maelia Zablan crosses home plate for the first run of the game scored for Kamehameha. Brien Ing | SL
Moanalua third baseman Hope Arakawa gets the force at third and get sets to make a throw to first against Kamehameha. Brien Ing | SL