KAHULUI - The difference between the Maui Interscholastic League and Interscholastic League of Honolulu in Division II softball was displayed clearly on Wednesday night at Patsy Mink Field.
Unseeded St. Francis, the ILH champion, rode a combined five-inning no-hitter by Shaye Simms and Rasela Vili to a 10-0 mercy-rule victory over fourth-seeded Molokai, the MIL champion, in the DataHouse Division II State Championship quarterfinals.
"We are playing fine right now, we just have got to stay focused," said Saints coach Randy Langsi. "We didn't want to take them for granted, they are a tough team. They were swinging the bat pretty hard there."
Kelsie Santos of Saint Francis slides into second base as Molokai’s Saydee Semita-ra-Makaiwi receives a throw in the Saints’ 10-0, five-inning win in a state tournament game Wednesday at Patsy Mink Field.
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Kaitlin Santos of St. Francis slides in to third base in front of Molokai’s Tai Yamamoto.
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Kelsie Espiritu-Tanabe hits a ground ball.
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Amanda Venegas-Makaiwi releases a pitch.
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St. Francis clawed out a 6-10 record in the ILH while playing D-I and D-II teams.
Molokai won the MIL D-II title with a 7-3 mark while playing only against small schools.
After Rachel Carlos' towering home run over the left-field wall in the bottom of the fourth inning made it 10-0, the Farmers got two runners on in the top of the fifth. Vili, however, got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
DataHouse Division II State Softball Championship
At Patsy Mink Field
Kaiser 17, Konawaena 6, 6 innings
Kauai 8, Kamehameha Hawaii 7
Waimea 6, Aiea 2
Nanakuli 13, Kohala 2
St. Francis 10, Molokai 0, 5 innings
Hana vs. McKinley, 11 a.m.
Aiea vs. Molokai, 1 p.m.
Kamehameha Hawaii vs. Kohala, 3 p.m.
Kauai vs. Nanakuli 5 p.m.
Waimea vs. St. Francis, 7 p.m.
Consolation final: Kaiser vs. Hana-McKinley winner, noon
Fifth place: Aiea-Molokai winner vs. Kamehameha Hawaii-Kohala winner, 2 p.m.
Third place: Kauai-Nanakuli loser vs. Waimea-St. Francis loser, 4 p.m.
Final: Kauai-Nanakuli winner vs. Wai-mea-St. Francis winner, 6 p.m.
St. Francis has outscored Kai-ser and Molokai 19-4 to reach a semifinal tonight against top-seeded Waimea.
Molokai falls into a fifth-place semifinal against Aiea.
"We just have to stay focused throughout the tournament, we have a tough one tomorrow," Langsi said. "Waimea, they are a great team. They have got speed, they have got power, they play well, so we just have to play our best game."
Molokai, which committed six errors, was missing six players - five of them starters - who were suspended for team rules violations after a victory last week over Hana that wrapped up the MIL crown.
"This was the girls' first night game, ever," said Farmers coach Coco Augustiro. "So we never really prepared well. They took advantage - when you give a team an inch, they took a mile."
The Dragons will play in a seventh-place semifinal today against McKinley.
St. Francis took a 4-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Carlos, Kelsie Hee and Simms, while Kenedee Passos smacked a run-scoring double. In the second, Danielle Antolin, Kaitlin Santos, Carlos and Passos all had RBI singles and another run scored on an error.
"The majority of the girls, this was their first time playing here," Augustiro said. "So it was the third inning before they started feeling comfortable, making their plays that they normally make. The night game, they said they had a hard time seeing the ball."
Simms was nearly untouchable for the first three innings with three strikeouts and no walks. The only two baserunners to reach against her got on via errors.
Vili hit the first batter she faced in the fourth, but started a nifty double play that helped her get out of the inning on eight pitches.
Carlos capped her 3-for-3, three-RBI, three-run night with her blast in the fourth. Passos and Santos both added two hits to the Saints' 10-hit attack.
* Robert Collias is at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Venegas-Makaiwi and Karlie Martin-Galam; Shaye Simms, Rasela Vili (4) and Kelsie Hee. W-Simms. L-Venegas-Makaiwi. 2B-St. Francis: Kenedee Passos. HR-St. Francis: Rachel Carlos.