Games played on March 3 started with Livin' The Dream beating a Drinking Team With A Kicking Problem 11-1. Joe Chmeleck kicked a solo homerun for the Dreamers.
Kyle Prescott kicked a homerun, leading Balls Deep past Footloose 8-7. Brad Dubois went three-for-five, with two RKI (runs kicked in) for Footloose.
Pono Stars kicked back to back to back homeruns in the fifth inning on their way to a 16-2 win over Balls To The Wall. Sina Williams went three-for-three, including one of the fifth-inning blasts, and had three RKI for Pono Stars.
Brayden Rodrigues of Swag shoots over the Blue Devils’ Matthew Hirata in a Fryers Division game played earlier this year.
Capitalizing on errors, It Burns When I Kick got by the Meatballerz 6-2. Matt Day and Marcy Jean combined to go six for nine for It Burns.
Wrapping up another fun night, Da Kine edged Ballsagna 7-5. Keith DeVey was two for three with one RKI for Da Kine. Alex Roman Jr. went three for five, and had two RKIs for Ballsagna.
With the Kona winds blowing on March 10, was a kickers night at the South Maui Community Park. Getting the fun started, Mel Esenhart's run-scoring kick in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Ballsagna a 14-13 win over Don't Shaft My Balls. Kishin Hamaguchi had a big game for DSMB, going five-for-seven, including two homeruns, and kicked in four runs.
Nina Smock's three-run homerun in the bottom of the first was the big blow for the Meatballerz, who picked up their first win of the season, defeating Balls To The Walls 10-3. Shanise Powell, playing in her first SMACK game, led BTTW, going two-for-four.
The Drinking Team with a Kicking Problem lived up to at least a part of their name in their 13-0 loss to Da Kine, getting only three hits in the mercy rule-shortened game. Andrew Coffin's two run homerun was Da Kine's big hit.
Another mercy rule shortened game followed with Pono Stars remaining unbeaten after their 12-2 win over Balls Deep. Kaua Eaton took full advantage of the winds and blasted two homeruns, kicking in three runs for the Stars. The mercy rule applies when one team is leading a game by 10 or more runs after five innings-then the game is over.
Josh Richardson kicked a solo homerun as part of his five-for-six, three-RKI night, leading Footloose to a close 12-10 win over Livin' The Dream. Will Galinato went four-for-four as top kicker for Livin' The Dream.
Junior Midgets Division Basketball
With the playoffs scheduled for Saturday, March 23, at P'ia Gym, our Junior Midgets entered the stretch with two makeup games played on the March 11. A hard-fought, close game between two the division's top teams-the Flames and Elite-was won by the Flames 29-26. Michael Villon led a balanced Flames attack, scoring eight points. Raider Damuni scored 16 for Elite.
Next, the Eagles cruised to a 36-23 win over the young Rising Stars. Noah Abreu scored eight points, and Kaimana Estencion scored seven for the Eagles. Perdon Abner's five points topped the Stars.
On March 12, the Flames overwhelmed the Heat 48-12. Eros Villalba's 12 points led the nine players who scored for the Flames. Christian Lee was the only Heat player able to make any shots, scoring nine of the team's 12 points.
Perdon Abner had his best game of the season, scoring 17 points and leading the Rising Stars past the Cobras 36-27. Isaiah Chee added eight points for the Stars. Ben Janssen of the Cobras also had his best scoring game of the season with 18 points.
Led by Mitchell Hirose and Henry Johnston, who each scored eight points, the Eagles kept rolling with a 26-15 win over the Khei Sharks. Ranon Walker and Elijah Mertens scored four points each for the Sharks.
Elite defeated the Clippers 45-26. Raider Damuni remained unstoppable, scoring 39 of Elite's points. Max Flammer scored the team's other six points. Kolu Archer led the Clippers with seven points.
Games on March 14 opened with the Rising Stars building a big lead, then holding on for a 23-19 win over Swag. Isaiah Chee and Perdon Abner changed places as the Stars leading scorers, this time with Chee top scorer with seven points; Abner added six. Tevita Mafileo led Swag with nine points.
Henry Johnston had 14 points, Noah Abreu scored 12 leading the Eagle over the Heat, 38-25. Christian Lee's nine points led the Heat, with Noah Manuel adding a season best eight points.
Raider Damuni scored 24 points as Elite rolled past the Cobras, 35-16. Ben Janssen was the Cobras top scorer with six points.
Finishing the day's play, the Clippers defeated a very cold shooting Khei Sharks team, 30-9. Isaiah Richards and Quintin Akaka-Foster scored eight points apiece for the Clippers. Elijah Merten's three points was best for the Sharks.
Fryers Division Basketball
The Fryers Division regular season wrapped up on Wednesday, March 13, with four games.
Dejshon Evans scored 18 points, leading the Titans over Lanakila 42-24. Ajah Rajvong scored 18 points for Lanakila. The win gave the Titans a second-place finish.
Raiden Ravida had eight points leading the Rising Stars over the Blue Devils, 24-20. With the win the Stars rose to third place, dropping the Devils to fourth. Matthew Hirata scored 10 points to lead the Blue Devils.
The Falcons got eight points from Paul Yamane, and six points from Aidan Quinn to just get by Elite 18-14. Ledjen Pahukoa and Silina Damuni scored four points each for Elite.
Swag finished off the season unbeaten (14-0) with a 24-16 win over Da Kine. Brayden Rodrigues led Swag with six points. Ethan Peterson scored six for Da Kine.
Fryers playoffs were held on March 18 and 20. Those results will be in next week's issue.