Weekend sports: Baseball team takes doubleheader from Lanai, tennis teams fall to Maui High

The Molokai High School baseball team opened its Maui Interscholastic League season Friday with a disappointing 6-5 loss to Lanai in Lahaina after leaving the tying run on third base.

The next day the Farmers came back with a vengeance, defeating Lanai 12-4 and then 12-0 in the second game of a doubleheader at Lahaina Ball Park on Saturday.

Molokai’s two wins leaves all four teams in the MIL Division II ranks within one game of each other. Molokai is tied with St. Anthony for first place at 2-1 while Lanai and Seabury Hall are tied with 1-2 records. This year only one MIL D-II team will go to the eight-team state tournament after the nine-game regular season with no D-II league tournament this year.

In the first game Saturday, the Farmers put up four runs in the third inning and six more in the fourth to take a 10-0 lead. Keaka Kamakana, an MIL first team all-star last season, led the way in the first game, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs. Raymond Lani was 3-for-4 with a run, and Maverick Dela Cruz and Kaoli Place each had two hits and scored twice. Kamakana and Place each doubled in the opener and Place knocked in four runs.

In the second game, junior Jubilee Tabilangan pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out the side in both the first and second innings. He finished with eight strikeouts and no walks.

The Farmers have next week off, then face St. Anthony in Maui before Seabury Hall comes to Kaunakakai.

In tennis, Maui High visited Molokai and defeated both the boys and girls on both Friday and Saturday. The girls team was shut out three matches to none Friday with Molokai’s Christina Rabino having the closest match, pushing Christina Levarg to three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. The boys lost 4-0 in match play with only the third singles player, Alvin Ringor, taking it to three sets in his loss to Mike Jaramillo, 6-0, 4-6, 6-4.

On Saturday, the girls tennis team lost 3-1 with Molokai’s second doubles team of Brittanie Nerveza and Denichel Ruiz defeating Brianna Nakasone and Shy Piso of Maui High 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. The Molokai boys lost all three of their matches Saturday in straight sets.

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