Baseball: Hawaii’s Kalani High enjoys trip to the WSGV


Alhambra played host to Hawaii’s Kalani High in a doubleheader on Tuesday. It was the first time Alhambra played an out-of-state game at Moor Field, and from the looks of it, it was quite the experience for Kalani. They went to Magic Mountain, toured Dodger Stadium and took a stroll down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And no trip to California is validated until you try In-N-Out burgers and a little taste of The Hat. Kalani will play at Monrovia this afternoon before playing Beverly Hills and then heading off to Las Vegas for the culmination of their six-game trip. Our Nathan Cambridge covered the games and our Keith Birmingham was there to shoot the action.

ALHAMBRA — The Kalani Falcons crossed the ocean from their home in Honolulu, Hawaii, to start their weeklong, six-game mainland baseball swing with a Tuesday doubleheader against Alhambra at Moor Field.

“I think it’s a great experience for the kids. Our seniors, we wanted to get them some mainland exposure in case they go to college,” Kalani coach Shannon Hirai said. “It’s a chance for most of these guys to experience a college road trip. I wanted to try to give them that opportunity.”

Alhambra (6-1) swept both games, winning in convincing fashion 11-3 and 12-2, with the second game called after five innings.

“We started some other guys in the first game to give them a shot to start and in the next game we (went) with the guys that have been starting,” Alhambra coach Steve Gewecke said. “Obviously we are playing to win just like they are.”

Over the last 10 years coach Shannon Hirai has been taking the Falcons to the mainland to play and gain experience and exposure for potential college playing opportunities. On a trip years ago Shane Komime had a breakout game that led to a scholarship from Nebraska.

“These trips have kind of given opportunities to further playing baseball,” Hirai said.
This year’s trip is focused on the importance of education in achieving goals on and off the field, something critical to Kalani gaining approval from the local school system for the excursion. This past weekend included a visit to Cal State Northridge, where the Hawaiians met with the coaches and players, including former teammate Ridge Carpenter.

“You have to prepare yourself for college and the things that go into it, like your study habits,” senior starting catcher Kiel Odo said of the lessons he learned from the Northridge visit. “You’ve got to get those things down. Just working hard at baseball and being a good student.”


In the second game, the Moors jumped on Falcons starting pitcher Ryan Ige (1-2) for five runs in the first inning. Alhambra pitcher Greg Saldate (1-0) had an RBI double to score leadoff hitter Jonathan Beltran from second base. Vailele Peko beat out a throw to first base to deny the Falcons (4-9) a double play and score Saldate from third for the second run. The Moors scored three more before Rafael Barrios was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double to end the inning. Juan Morales scored on the play.

The Moors chased the Falcons starter in the second with two outs, but not before Peko drove in two more runs with a double to the left-field gap for a 7-0 lead.

In the first game, Kalani’s Chase Sumida had a two-run double in the fifth inning to give the Falcons a short-lived 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the inning the Moors put six consecutive batters on base and scored eight runs.

Moors ace Jonathan Beltran faced the minimum number of batters in the final two innings and used 13 pitches to strike out the first three Falcons he faced.

Kalani will play four more games in the next four days before its spring break ends. Today they will face Monrovia at 3:15 p.m. and Thursday will visit Beverly Hills before traveling to Las Vegas to play a pair of games against Desert Oasis.

The California matchups were facilitated by Gewecke who has coached in the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League for the last five summers, the last three with Hirai.

The Falcons brought 22 players, with some 12 families also making the trip to lend support. Michele Kuwaye, mother of junior outfielder Daren Kuwaye, was one of the parents who made the trip.

“For those of us that did come, it was really important because they really wanted to support their sons in this sport,” the elder Kuwaye said. “We truly love the game.”

Aside baseball the Falcons’ highlight of their trip appears to have been this past Saturday’s visit to Magic Mountain.

“Six Flags was pretty awesome,” the younger Kuwaye said.

Facebook Twitter Plusone Reddit Tumblr Email
  • Big Baseball Fanatic

    Cats defeat Kalani Falcons 13-1 under the blazing sun!

    Freshman Pitcher Chris Burkholder pitched 4 shut-out Innings with 3 K’s and pitched himself into and out of some tight spots.

    Monrovia’s bats punched out 15 hits with 2 triples by Sr.Kai Nakamura and Jr. Luis Mercado,
    followed by a 3 run Homer by Sr. Aaron Murphree.

    Cats finish Pre-League 6-1 and are totally ready
    for the League Games to commence!

    Cats vs SPas Friday @ MHS Home Field 3-19-10 3:30 PM

  • featherhead

    big wup

  • I’m really loving the blog, and hope this, as well as the excellent article some other people have written, will help somebody

  • I am an student and i am willing to write some part of this post to my university blog,can i do so.Also just require your permit just mail me if you are happy about it. i believe this post will be helpful for the info i am wanting to publish.

  • Why the Chinese replica bags thrive far? The reason is simple. Chinese manufacturers have made much effort and care to produce the bags that exactly matches the original with the same size, colors, logo and sewing. Since the advent of the function are very similar to elements of the brand. Without space exploration, most normal people, even professionals recognize hard bag or not to answer.

  • I agree with Mike, this is an important point to what this is about.

  • Drink nothing with out seeing it sign nothing without reading it.

  • I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz reply back as I’m looking to create my own blog and would like to know wheere u got this from. thanks

  • Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  • I am going to gear this assessment to 2 kinds of people: present Zune owners who are considering an improve, and other people attempting to decide between a Zune and an iPod. (There are other players value considering on the market, like the Sony Walkman X, but I hope this offers you sufficient information to make an informed determination of the Zune vs players apart from the iPod line as well.)

  • Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  • Great blog!! You should start many more. I love all the info provided. I will stay tuned 🙂

  • Nice!! Great Ifo. Great People. Great Blog. Thank you for all the great sharing that is being done here.

  • This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

  • I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it’s rare to see a nice blog like this one these days.. 🙂

  • Way to focus and straight to your point, i love it. Keep up the work people. Dont let anyone stop us bloggers.

  • Appreciate it for helping out, excellent information.

  • Love all the opinions expressed here! How is everyone? Love how everyone expresses whatr they feel 🙂

  • Took me moment in time toward examine every single one of the commentary, but I in truth loved the piece of writing. It proved being in truth ready to lend a hand to me and I am optimistic to every one the commenters here! Its generally pleasant whenever you be able to not just be informed, but in addition entertained! I am optimistic you had pleasurable writing this write-up.

  • I think other website proprietors should take this website as an example , very clean and great user friendly pattern .

  • Now i am actually willing to get slimmer, Now i am indeed big and don’t have any self confidence, go for to stick with your crests and get good results good results