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King Kekaulike sophomore Adam Howden no-hits Sabers

March 15, 2013 - Robert Collias
Here is a story I just filed for Friday morning's paper:

WAILUKU ‹ King Kekaulike High School's Adam Howden left every one at Maehara Stadium shaking their heads on Thursday night, most of all Maui High's hitters.

Howden, a 6-foot, 148-pound right-handed sophomore, tossed an eight-inning no-hitter in a 1-0 win over the Sabers on the opening night of Maui Interscholastic League Division I play.

Maui High coach Lee Yonamine, who has 18 years with the program, could not recall his team ever getting no hit in MIL play nor an eight-inning no-hitter of any kind.

"It felt really good," Howden said after his 92-pitch performance that included no strikeouts, one walk, and two hit batsmen. "My team, like, backed me up. They made some plays out there. Maui High played a good game, but we just had the upperhand in this one."

Maui High senior Sammy Sutton matched zeroes with Howden for seven innings and also went the distance with six strikeouts and no walks in a six-hitter.

King Kekaulike's Ryley Widell smacked a single to left that scored the only run of the game with two outs in the top of the eighth. Widell also helped preserve the no-hitter in the bottom of the eighth when he leaped to snag a line drive at first base off the bat of pinch-hitter Cody Medeiros.

"I was a little nervous, but I just played it like it is my game when I am pitching and tried to relax," said Howden, who said it was his first no-hitter at any level. "After Ryley's hit I had pretty good confidence. I knew my team was going to back me up and I knew we were going to get through it. My fastball was working, but mostly my location was what made it happen. I'm pretty happy, pretty stoked."

King Kekaulike coach Mark Makimoto, who played for Baldwin in the early 1990s, said he also could not recall Maui High being no-hit nor an eight-inning gem by one pitcher.

"I can't recall ever that happening because Maui High year after year has got a solid team, good hitters on their team," Makimoto said. "Adam located ball well, changed speeds, kept them off-balance ‹ that's what we're trying to preach: throw strikes, good location. He did a great job tonight."

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Adam Howden and Reid Yonamine; Sammy Sutton and Jaylen Suda. W‹Howden, 1-0. L‹Sutton, 0-1. Leading hitters‹KK, Zane Jarret 2-4; Ryley Widell 2-4, RBI.

Read the edited version in a jam-packed sports section in the morning.


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