BeachBoys Win HWB Title

HONOLULU—The Waikiki BeachBoys' momentum from their division-clinching win  the night before carried over to their Hawaii Winter Baseball championship  win against the West Oahu CaneFires, 5-1, on a sunny Nov. 16 at Les Murakami  Stadium on the University of Hawaii campus.
The BeachBoys (20-17) clinched the HWB East title Nov. 15 after a two-out,  two-run home run by Marquez Smith (Cubs) in the top of the ninth and then  sweated out the bottom of the ninth when Jeremy Papelbon (Cubs) pitched into  and out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam to notch his league-leading seventh  save in a 5-4 win against the Honolulu Sharks.
Waikiki sealed the title behind the collaborative effort of starter Mitsuo  Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham Fighters) and reliever Steven Richard (Mariners). They  combined on a five-hitter with Yoshikawa giving up a run, four hits and two  walks with six strikeouts in five innings and Richard giving up a hit in  four scoreless innings of relief for his first save of the season to fend  off the West champion CaneFires (19-15), who clinched their division title  earlier in the week.
"Yosh has been great all year," Buster Posey (Giants) said of his  batterymate. "He's a competitor. Even if he gets in a jam, he can get out of  it."
And he was equally pleased with Richard.
"He did exactly what you want to do out of the bullpen," Posey said. "He  came in, pounded the zone and kept pounding them. That's what you want to do  with a four-run lead."
Posey then aided the pitchers' effort with his first home run of HWB, an  opposite-field, three-run shot to right in the top of the seventh, that  cushioned Waikiki's early 2-1 lead.
"Marquez Smith's big two-run homer kept the momentum going into today and  Buster Posey's three-run home run kind of broke it open for us," Waikiki  manager Juan Bustabad said.  "It's a great team effort and we fought hard  and we came out on top."
It was the BeachBoys' first title in their third season in the  eight-year-old league.
"They hit in the clutch situations and did what they needed to do,"  CaneFires' manager Mike Guerrero said.
CaneFires' starter Cody Scarpetta (Brewers) was tagged with the loss,  allowing two runs, four hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. After Chris  Cody (Brewers) settled the game with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief,  Fumikazu Kimura (Seibu Lions) was roughed up in the seventh, allowing a one  out double to Smith, a two out walk to James McOwen and Posey's three-run  shot on a 1-0 fastball.
"I hit it pretty well, so I thought it had a chance," Posey said of when he  made contact."
It was a nice send off for the highly-touted Posey, the fifth overall pick  in the June draft. It was his first homer since his only home run during the  regular season at the rookie Arizona League.
The CaneFires took a 1-0 lead in the second. James Skelton (Tigers) walked  with one out and took second on a single by Tyler Henson (Orioles). Greg  Burns (Marlins) grounded to second for a force at second to put runners at  the corners to set up Brian Friday's RBI single to center.
But the BeachBoys wasted little time coming back. In the top of the third,  Tony Thomas Jr. (Cubs) singled with one out, stole second and scored on a  single to center by James McOwen (Mariners) to tie the game at 1. Posey and  Yonder Alonso (Reds) walked to load the bases and chase Scarpetta in the  process.
The left-handed Chris Cody (Brewers) got the left-handed hitting Roger  Kieschnick (Giants) to ground to first for an RBI force out at second to  give the BeachBoys a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier (Reds) struck out to end  the inning.
It wasn't until the top of the seventh when the BeachBoys secured their  narrow lead.
Kimura gave up a one out double to Smith before striking out Thomas. But  after walking McOwen on four pitches, Kimura served up Posey's three-run  homer that made it 5-1.
For winning, members of the winning team each received a watch that read  "2008 HWB Champions" and a HWB duffel bag. Losing team members just got the  duffel bag.
"It's something we can enjoy when we go home," Waikiki shortstop Todd  Frazier (Reds) said of the prizes.