Posted: May 5, 2012 - 11:13pm
Mid-Pacific takes down Sabers, 4-1, for 2nd title in a row
Mid-Pacific's Tasi Docktor connects with a pitch for a go-ahead three-run double in the fifth inning. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Pitcher Keiki Carlos (No. 15) and third baseman Tasi Docktor (16) delivered Mid-Pacific Institute's one-two punch in a 4-1 win against Campbell Saturday night to give the Owls their second consecutive DataHouse Division I state softball crown.
A full house at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium at the University of Hawaii-Manoa watched Docktor do damage with her bat, breaking a 1-all game with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fifth and then saw Carlos take care of business from the circle, scattering four hits in the complete-game win.
"It hasn't kind of hit me, yet," said Carlos, one of six seniors, of the team's repeat title. "I kind of sad because I'm going to miss playing softball for my high school. My teammates, they're all awesome."
Carlos, the premiere pitcher in the state, labored in the top of the second inning, when she walked the bases loaded and hit Jessica Arata with a pitch to force home the Sabers' only run, which tied the game at 1.
But Carlos settled down and dueled with Campbell's Summer Palipti. But in the bottom of the fifth, the Owls worked their magic. With one out, Jordan Joy singled and reached second on an error before taking third when Kiley Oeda grounded out to shortstop. Karis Kochi and Kacy Aoki drew walks to load the bases with two outs. Docktor lined a double to the right-center alley to clear the bases before Carlos grounded out to short to end the inning.
"I was looking for something outside," the right-handed hitting Docktor said. "I knew it was going to the alley because I hit it pretty late."
Although the Owls gave up the tying run after taking 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, they were patient and waited for their time to come.
"We were just thinking, 'See ball, hit ball, relax.'" Docktor said. "Just help each other out, if we needed to. Just have faith in ourselves."
Docktor, for sure, had faith in herself. Before going up the plate on her three-run double, MPI coach William Quinn asked her: "Who do you want to see up at the plate?"
"She said the right answer," Quinn said with a laugh.
"I wanted to be there," Docktor said.
The Owls (17-2) are the first repeat state champion since Iolani won in 1999 and 2000.
"I hope it continues," Quinn said. "It's hard to explain. We have a good bunch of girls."
The Sabers (13-6) reeled off seven wins in a row to reach the final. That streak came after they had dropped four in a row near the end of the Oahu Interscholastic Association Red regular season. They entered the Red tournament as the West's third seed and ended up winning their second consecutive league crown.
"We didn't expect to get here, but we wanted to get here," Campbell first-year coach Michael Hermosura said. "All I can say is I'm very proud of them because they worked hard to get this."
Campbell, which won the state title in 2010, has placed in the top three of the tournament four of the last five years.
DIVISION I ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM (compiled by HHSAA)
INF - Lindsey Matoi, Mid-Pacific
INF - Mysha Sataraka, Punahou
INF - Tasi Docktor, Mid-Pacific
INF - Reina Furuya, Punahou
INF - Mikela Manewa, Kapolei
OF - Daylene Antonio, Campbell
OF - Jessica Arata, Campbell
OF - Stacia-Al Mahoe, Kapolei
C - Nicole Lopez, Mid-Pacific
P - Keiki Carlos, Mid-Pacific
P - Winona Pauline, Kapolei
U - Fahren Glackin, Kamehameha
U - Kayce Konohia, Campbell
Most Outstanding Player - Keiki Carlos, Mid-Pacific
May 5, 2012
Mid-Pacific players celebrate after winning their second-straight Division I softball title. Greg Yamamoto | SL
Mid-Pacific's Keiki Carlos throws a pitch to the plate against Campbell. Scott Nishi | SL
Mid-Pacific's Lindsey Matoi gets set to rifle a throw to first against Campbell. Scott Nishi | SL