Hawaii Winter Baseball
Waikiki 6, West Oahu 0
Rockies prospects Eric Young Jr.
and Chris Nelson
combined for six hits and right fielder Nate Schierholtz
(Giants) drove in a pair of runs as Waikiki shut down the CaneFires, 6-0 on Thursday. Three Beach Boys pitchers limited West Oahu to just two hits--both coming against game-winner Atsushi Nohmi
(Hanshin). Nohmi allowed a double to first baseman Mike Stodolka
(Royals) and a single to third baseman Yasushi Iihara
(Yakult) in four shutout innings of relief behind starter Rick Vanden Hurk
(Marlins). Vanden Hurk tossed four hitless innings, walking one and striking out nine. Righthander Brian Anderson
(Giants) pitched a perfect ninth to preserve the win.
North Shore 6, Honolulu 5
North Shore scored a run in the top of the eighth inning to take the 6-5 lead over the Sharks, and relievers Keisuke Hayashi
(Chiba Lotte) and Zach Hammes
(Dodgers) shut down Honolulu over the final two frames to complete the victory. Designated hitter Dustin Martin
(Mets) and first baseman Mike Carp
(Mets) combined to score four runs for the Honu, while starter Scott Koerber
(Cubs) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out eight over four innings. Center fielder Nyjer Morgan
(Pirates) and Braves prospects Eric Campbell
and Clint Sammons
each collected two hits for Honolulu.
Honolulu 9, North Shore 8
The Honu scored three runs in the top of the ninth to tie the game up at 8-8, but righthander Blake Eager
(Mets) imploded over the final 1 1/3 innings as Honolulu topped North Shore, 9-8. Eager allowed three runs on five hits--including a two-run homer by Hisashi Kawata
(Rakuten) in the eighth to give Honolulu an 8-5 lead. But North Shore came roaring back, scoring three runs against righthander Justin Vaclavik
(Pirates) in just 1/3 of an inning of work before lefthander David Haehnel
stopped the bleeding for the Sharks. Brian Bixler
(Pirates) went 2-for-2 with a pair of runs scored, and Braves infielders Eric Campbell
and Van Pope
combined to go 4-for-8 with four RBIs to pace Honolulu's attack.
West Oahu 7, Waikiki 4
West Oahu jumped all over Beach Boys righthander Ching-Lung Lo
(Rockies), highlighted by a second-inning homer by Emerson Frostad
(Rangers), a pair of doubles by Chris Rahl
(Diamondbacks) and John Otness
(Red Sox), and a triple by Makoto Moriyama
(Orix). Lo allowed six earned runs on five hits, struck out two and walked two over three innings of work. The 6-foot-6 21-year-old righthander--who went 10-5, 5.39 in 155 innings at low Class A Asheville during the regular season--is now 0-2, 15.00 in just six innings in the Hawaiian League.
Honolulu 7, Waikiki 0
(Pirates), Paco Figueroa
(Orioles) and Brian Bixler
(Pirates) combined for six hits and six runs scored as Honolulu shut out Waikiki, 7-0. The Beach Boys managed just four hits against five Honolulu arms, and lefthander Dave Haehnel
(Orioles) picked up the win for the Sharks. Haehnel, who struggled in a starting role at high Class A Frederick this year, where he went 2-11, 6.22 with 61 walks in 116 innings, allowed a pair of hits over two innings. Waikiki righthander Ching-Lung Lo
(Rockies) took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits over three innings.
North Shore 6, West Oahu 2
Honu second baseman Blake DeWitt
(Dodgers) went 2-for-4 and DH Dustin Martin
(Mets) went 2-for-2, connecting for a three-run homer in the fourth off CaneFires righthander Toyoji Matsumura
(Orix), to lead North Shore. West Oahu managed just four hits, as lefthander Joe Thatcher
(Brewers) and righthander Keisuke Hayashi
(Chiba Lotte) tossed two shutout innings apiece, with Thatcher picking up the win.
Waikiki 4, Honolulu 3
The Beach Boys scored three runs in the seventh inning, then plated the go-ahead run in the eighth to upend Honolulu, 4-3. Dexter Fowler
(Rockies) went 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base, while shortstop Ian Desmond
(Nationals) went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Beach Boys. Righthander Adam Carr
, the Nationals 15th-round pick in June, pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up the save.West Oahu 6, North Shore 3
West Oahu rallied for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat North Shore, 6-3. Canefires catcher Emerson Frostad
(Rangers) and designated hitter Jon Otness
(Red Sox) both doubled off North Shore reliever Ayumu Yamamoto
, highlighting the four-run eighth. Yamamoto took the loss, allowing four earned runs on three hits in just 1/3 of an inning of work. Yankees prospects Jeff Marquez
and Ian Kennedy
pitched well for the CaneFires, as Marquez allowed a pair of runs and struck out five over 2 2/3 innings and Kennedy blanked North Shore for 2 1/3, whiffing five and walking two.