(Peter Rayno Park in Hanamaulu Tropical Gardens) The Ohana Motors Rebels used the final outing of the 2017 regular season to pad their batting averages as the team pounded out a 22 to 3 win over the Islanders at the Peter Rayno Park in Hanamaulu. Master Larry Rego got the call on the mound for the final outing of the season and tossed his 4th win against no loses in stopping the hard hitting Islanders dead in their tracks.
The Rebels scored early and scored often throughout this contest. The rout started in the top of the first as Lambert Alapai opened with a shot into left field for a double. Mark Koehler followed with a 2-bagger to of his own to score Alapai. Russ McCluskey then smacked a single down the third base line to score Koehler with the second run. After a ground out to first base moved the runner to second, Clay Carvalho singled to right to score McCluskey. Kit Alderete followed with a towering drive to left that sailed over the outfielder for a stand-up triple and an RBI. Gary Yates ended the five-run inning with a sharp grounder through the left side to plate Kit and give the Rebels an early 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, the Islanders’ lead-off hitter stroked a single to right, but was stranded by the deft pitching of Rego. The righty set the next three batters down in order on a pop fly to right and two groundouts.
The Rebels added to their lead in the top of the second. The first batter was retired on a fly to left but was followed by a single to left by Myles Yoshida. Kaiwa Sheldon knocked Yoshida in with a double to left, and scored the second run of the inning on Alapai’s sharp grounder to the second base side of the infield. Koehler grounded into a 4-3 put-out to advance the runner. Russ then hit into a botched fielder’s choice that allowed the third run to cross the plate, and a 8-0 lead for the Rebels.
The islanders could only manage a single hit in the bottom of the second inning, a one-out double to left. A ground out to second base and an unassisted put-out to first base once again stranded an Islander on the base paths.
The Rebels continued to pour it on in the top of the third inning. After a popup by the first batter, four straight Rebels reached base, beginning with Alderete’s second hit of the game, a single to left. Yates followed with a single to right putting two runners aboard. Rego smacked a shot to left plating the first run, and Yoshida followed with his second hit of the day to score the second run of the inning. Sheldon lined a ball that was snared by the second baseman as the two runners held. Alapai wasted no time and lined a solid hit to right to score the third tally of the frame. Koehler then ripped a triple to right that sent two runners home, giving the Rebels a commanding 13-0 lead.
The Islanders entered the third in a big hole and looking to climb out with the bottom of their order coming to bat.. After one out, a batter reached on a single to left. That runner was erased on a fielder’s choice for the second out. The Islander lead-off hitter knocked a ball into right to put runners at the corners. But a fine play by Alapai on a grounder to short put an end to the Islanders’ hopes in the bottom of the third.
The Rebels onslaught continued in the fourth inning. Russ started things off with a towering drive to base of the out-of-town scoreboard in deep left field. As the outfielders scrambled to catch up to the ball, Russ motored around second, then third, and blew right past the third base coach’s “stop” signal to beat the relay throw to the plate for a homerun. After a fly-out, Carvalho reached on an error by the shortstop. Alderete lined a ball to right, sending Carvalho to third. Yates grounded into a fielder’s choice force-out at second, but picked up an RBI in the process. Rego then slapped a single past the Islander shortstop to put two on with two out. Yoshida delivered a single to left knocking in the third run of the inning. Sheldon followed with an RBI single to right to plate another run. Alapai’s creamed a liner that was caught by the third baseman, ending the 4-run inning with the Rebels firmly in command 17-0.
The Islanders finally broke through on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth. After the first batter grounded out to third, the next three batters reached on singles to score one run and put two aboard. A grounder was then hit to Alderete at third, who threw the runner out while the runner from first advanced to second base. A base hit to left field plated two more runs. The following batter also reached base on a ball to second base, but the short-lived rally was snuffed out on a grounder that resulted in a force out at second. The inning ended with the score 17-3.
The Rebels set out to finish the Islanders off in the fifth inning, and did so in style. Koehler led off with a hard hit ball to third and beat the throw to first. Russ smashed a ball to left-center to put two on. After a fly ball out to right field, Carvalho launched a missile to right that sent both runners home. Alderete – whose bat was literally smoking by this point – cracked his fourth hit of the day into left to score Carvalho. A Yates single to left center put two aboard. Rego mercifully ended the inning with a pretty parabola way over the head of the left fielder for a two-run double and an insurmountable 22-3 lead.
The Islanders came to bat in the bottom of the fifth with no hope of catching the Rebels. The first batter meekly grounded out to third base. The second batter rolled a ball that was easily handled by first baseman McCluskey for out number two. After a single to left center, the final Islander hit another ball to first that was gobbled up for the last out of the contest.
The Rebels line up erupted for 26 hits with every man in the order serving up multiple hits. Kit Alderete was unstoppable going 4 for 4 with a booming triple, while his teammates pounded out a home run, a triple and 5 doubles in the rout. Myles Yoshida was on a hot streak with a 3 for 3 performance and Lambert Alapai, Mark Koehler, Russ McCluskey, Gary Yates, and Larry Rego cashed in with 3 hits each in the slugfest. McCluskey continued on his home run streak blasting his 4th round tripper of the season. The “Harbor Crew” – Clay Carvalho, Larry Rego and Kaiwas Sheldon – each delivered a double.
The 22-3 win marked the end of the 2017 regular season, with the Rebels finishing in second place in the Kauai Senior Softball League. The strong finish earned the squad another trip to the Hawaii State Tournament in the prestigious “B” Division for the third straight year.
WP – Larry Rego (4-0)
LP – Jimmy Torio
Hitting – Kit Alderete 4-4, Myles Yoshida 3-3, Lambert Alapai 3-4, Mark Koehler 3-4, Russ McCluskey 3-4, Gary Yates 3-4, Larry Rego 2-3, Kaiwa Sheldon 2-3, Clay Carvalho 2-4
1B – None
Extra Base Hits – (HR) Russ McCluskey, (3B) Kit Alderete, 2B) Mark Koehler (2), Clay Carvalho, Larry Rego, Kaiwa Sheldon
Runs Batted In – Larry Rego (4), Lambert Alapai (3), Mark Koehler (3), Kit Alderete (3), Russ McCluskey (2), Clay Carvalho (2), Gary Yates (2), Myles Yoshida (2), Kaiwa Sheldon (1)
A Special Rebels Thanks
The Rebels family extended their thanks to Linda who will be leaving the team as scorekeeper after four-years of dedication, hard work, and unwavering support for the team. We wish her well in her future endeavors!
Rebelicious Culinary Corner
The aftergame feast included stuffed peppers, Kalua pork, fried chicken, cheese plate, BBQ ribs, fried shrimp, lau lau, spam musubi, fried rice, sausage, ahi poke, chicken chopped salad, sushi rolls, fried wontons, Karen’s Butter Mochi. Danish bear claws, banana nut bread, coconut cream cake, and fresh fruit.