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( ALL-STATE SOFTBALL )

Tyanna Misha Dallas Maya Merilis Nawai
Kaaialii: Carreira: Millwood: Yoshiura: Rivera: Kaupe:
Pearl City Mililani Kamehameha Mililani Mililani Maui
Pitcher Pitcher First base Second base Third base Shortstop

By Paul Honda comes with the territory. One
phonda@staradvertiser.com story goes that when she took

THE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR POSSESSED
batting practice one afternoon,

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everything came to a halt. Even
echnique, strategy and the baseball team dropped ev-

POWER POISE
the cerebral connection erything to stand near the soft-
are crucial elements for ball outfield as she swatted a ball
any state championship beyond both the left-field soft-
team. ball fence AND the fence that
For three-peat titlist Camp- separates the diamond from the
bell, the X-factor was strength. football field. That’s roughly 300
Brute, physical strength — the feet from home plate.
kind that leads to superior en- “When I watch Oklahoma, I
durance for ace pitcher Dani think next year that’s going to
Cervantes, and immense power be me. A lot of pitchers there
at the plate for Jocelyn Alo. In- Jocelyn Alo, below left, and Dani Cervantes I’ve faced before in travel ball,”
telligence on and off the dia- were named the Star-Advertiser’s top All-State said Alo, who bench presses
mond was another major asset. players for the second year in a row. 220 pounds.
“They’re good students, so While Kahuku’s — and wres-
PHOTOS BY DENNIS ODA /
easy to coach. They pick up DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM
tling’s — loss was Campbell
things fast,” longtime coach Mi- softball’s gain, Cervantes was
chael “Shag” Hermosura said. plugging away diligently. This
The individual results were season, with the young
mind-bending for each senior as lineup struggling to produce
they led an otherwise young Sa- runs — Hermosura moved
bers squad to a third straight Alo to the leadoff and No. 2
state crown. The panel of slots out of desperation, re-
coaches and media voted Alo as ally — Cervantes kept her team
the Star-Advertiser All-State posi- close in the wickedly tough OIA
tion player of the year. Cervantes West. She went 13-4 with a mi-
was voted pitcher of the year as nuscule 1.05 ERA, 140 strikeouts
the Campbell batterymates were in 106 innings with just 57 hits
selected to top honors for the and 26 walks issued.
second season in a row. “She carried Campbell
Alo has been a risk-taker with throughout the season,” Antonio
a taste for big challenges. She said. “If it wasn’t for her pitching,
transferred from Kahuku, where it would have been a different
she already won a state crown story. Pitchers can get stronger
as a wrestler. She sat out one as the season progresses.”
season and became possibly the There were losses to resur-
most feared batter in Hawaii gent Pearl City by 1-0, 1-0 and
high school softball history. She 2-1 scores, including a late-in-
was walked 46 times, almost all ning defeat on senior day that
with practically intentional pur- left Cervantes teary, but tough.
poses, and when she saw Her resilience held up, and
strikes, she clubbed five home when Campbell’s bats woke up
runs during regular and postsea- in the postseason, Cervantes
son play. grew even stronger.
The right-handed-hitting slug- Her one-hit, 11-strikeout shut-
ger produced 12 home runs and out in a 2-0 win over Mililani
27 RBIs, batting .571 with a 1.441 capped another sensational sea-
slugging percentage. She also son. So much of it was sheer grit
had an on-base percentage and trust in her teammates, but
above .800 and threw out nearly there was also some mid-ses-
40 percent of baserunners at- sion mastery that few would’ve
tempting to steal. expected. Cervantes, who will
“Jocelyn is in a league of her pitch at UH Hilo next season,
own,” Mililani coach Rose Anto-
nio said. “She’s very humble,
FIRST TEAM developed a killer drop pitch,
completing her arsenal.
and yes, I was very surprised Pos. Name School Yr. W-L Miscellaneous Statistics “She learned to throw the
(other teams) pitched to her. P Dani Cervantes Campbell Sr. 13-4 1.05 ERA, 106.2 IP, 57 H, 140 SO, 26 BB drop during season against Mili-
She’ll hurt you. The whole P Tyanna Kaaialii Pearl City Sr. 13-5 2.59 ERA, 121.2 IP, 122 SO. Batted .300 lani the first time. It’s actually a
Campbell team peaked at the P Misha Carreira Mililani Sr. 14-3 2.84 ERA, 121 IP, 95 H, 105 SO, 63 BB shorter stride with a release
right time.” Pos. Name School Yr. BA Miscellaneous Statistics from the hip. Palm the ball
Alo has signed with Okla- C Jocelyn Alo Campbell Sr. .414 11 RBIs, 5 HR, 46 BB, .773 OBP, 1.069 SLG down,” said Hermosura, who
homa, which just repeated as 1B Dallas Millwood Kamehameha Jr. .528 29 RBIs, 22 R, 4 HR, .609 OBP, .981 SLG was a pitcher in the long-gone
national champion. Two visits 2B Maya Yoshiura Mililani Sr. .352 2 HR, 16 RBIs, 17 R, .417 OBP, .574 SLG men’s fast-pitch softball
to the Norman campus pro- 3B Merilis Rivera Mililani Sr. .413 6 HR, 32 RBIs, 17 R, .464 OBP, .746 SLG leagues. “I learned it from my fa-
vided all the insight she needed. SS Nawai Kaupe Maui Sr. .536 11 HR, 23 RBIs, 25 R, .649 OBP, 1.357 SLG ther in law, Porky Behic.”
“Some people think it’s small OF Cieana Curran Campbell Sr. .404 17 RBIs, 21 R, 6 HR, 10 SB, .500 OBP Hermosura, who has seen his
because it’s Oklahoma and OF Ashley Salausa Leilehua Sr. .567 19 RBIs, 19 R, 6 HR, .612 OBP, .983 SLG teams endure adversity only to
country, but it’s huge. I saw OF Nohea Hee Maryknoll Jr. .407 4 HR, 17 RBIs, 13 R, .478 OBP, .695 SLG surge to state titles, was voted
them when they play at home U/DP Kanoe Tanigawa Maryknoll Jr. .414 5 HR, 20 RBIs, 23 R, .461 OBP, .757 SLG coach of the year. He credited
and the stands are always U/DP Maiah Motta Kamehameha Fr. .451 7 HR, 24 RBIs, 12 R, .500 OBP, .902 SLG his staff and senior leaders.
packed. They had to add more “They took the team by the
stands,” she said. >> Position player of the year: Jocelyn Alo, Campbell hands. They pulled the team to-
Alo is not lacking for confi- >> Pitcher of the year: Dani Cervantes, Campbell gether. You’re struggling to find
dence, not after spending sum- >> Coach of the year: Michael Hermosura, Campbell ways to compete with a young
mers on the continent hitting team, and they were great lead-
against premier pitchers. It ers. I’m going to miss ’em.”

Cieana Ashley Nohea Kanoe Maiah Michael
Curran: Salausa: Hee: Tanigawa: Motta: Hermosura:
Campbell Leilehua Maryknoll Maryknoll Kamehameha Campbell
Outfield Outfield Outfield Utility/Designated player Utility/Designated player Coach of the Year

SECOND TEAM THIRD TEAM HONORABLE MENTION
Pos. Name School Yr. Pos. Name School Yr. Reilyenne Nahulu, Leilehua
PITCHERS CATCHERS SHORTSTOPS
P Kahilu McNicoll Maryknoll Jr. P Mari Foster Roosevelt Jr. Gianna Araki, Leilehua
P Poamai Tuli Aiea Sr. P Sadie Kapaku-You Kapolei Sr. Cira Bartolotti, Maui Kai Barrett, ‘Iolani Maya Nakamura, Roosevelt Saree-ann Kekahuna, Baldwin
P Kaena Nistal Leilehua Jr. P Kamryn Kamakaiwi Leilehua Jr. Halee Sweat, Waiakea Chantelle Shimabukuro, Aiea Hilari Balenti, Moanalua
Jaeda Cabunoc, Roosevelt FIRST BASE Kylie Carganilla, Farrington
C Markie Okamoto Mililani Sr. C Kyler Stephens Kamehameha Jr. Sierrah Kupihea, St. Francis OUTFIELDERS Sasha Tanoue-Kekona, Baldwin
1B Kenedi Lopes ‘Iolani Sr. 1B Shannon Pascua-Stanton Mililani Sr. Skye Ah Yat, St. Francis
Jade Behic, Campbell Joerdan Lovell, St. Francis Desiree Chang, Kailua
2B Trinity Favela Campbell Jr. 2B Cheyne Obara Pearl City Jr. Cherise Horita, Kalani SECOND BASE Johnacy Mackwelung,
3B Sammie Ofoia St. Francis Jr. 3B D’Asha Saiki Punahou So. Brooke Baptiste, UTILITY/DP Waiakea
Kamehameha-Hawaii Logan Carlos, Maryknoll
SS Darian Obara Pearl City Sr. SS Tarah Aniya Mililani Sr. Lea Hanawahine, Mid-Pacific
Shaylann Grace, Konawaena
OF Tausani Tavale Kamehameha Fr. OF Alesia Ranches Campbell So. Mikayla Kekoa, Kohala THIRD BASE Aleia Agbayani, ‘Iolani
OF Jaeda McFarland Pearl City Fr. OF Kamalei Labasan Maryknoll Sr. Kylie Tasaki, Pearl City
Kailee Mahelona, St. Francis
OF Macy Uyehara ‘Iolani Sr. OF Noel Saunders Pearl City Jr. Aliya Harmon, Baldwin
Danika Stewart, Roosevelt
Brandee Chinen, Waiakea
U/DP Alana Cobb-Adams Kamehameha Sr. U/DP Ashlynn Okamoto ‘Iolani Sr. Skylar Thomas, Waiakea
U/DP Chloe Domingo Campbell Jr. U/DP Dyani Cummings-Lani Kailua Jr.