Stacey Doi had a memorable day to help lead the Hilo All-Stars to two wins Saturday and propel them into the RBI Softball West Regional championship game.
The Big Islanders beat Arizona 2-1 in eight innings and then topped Anaheim 2-0.
Hilo (3-1) will battle Anaheim (3-1) at 8 a.m. Hawaii standard time today in the final in West Minister, Calif. The winner earns a berth to the RBI World Series in Minnesota.
Doi doubled in Tavian Taketa in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Hilo the thrilling 2-1 walk-off win over Arizona.
Taketa and Bethany Batangan each had two hits for the Big Islanders.
Aliesa Kaneshiro went the distance for the clutch win. She held Arizona to six hits while striking out three and walking three.
In the bottom of the eighth, Taketa singled, moved to second base on Batangan’s sacrifice bunt. Then after Ashlynn Van Zandt walked, Doi followed with her game-winning double.
In Game 2 against Anaheim, Doi drove in both runs to spark Hilo to a 3-0 win
Taketa and Batangan each had two hits to lead the Big Islanders’ attack while Doi added her two RBIs.
Kaneshiro started for Hilo and hurled four shutout innings, striking out three. Chelsea Camello came on to finish, tossing two shutout innings with two strikeouts.
Camello got the win. Billi Derleth took the loss. She had eight strikeouts in a strong effort.
Hilo scored all three runs off Derleth in the sixth inning.
Anaheim edged Arizona 2-0 on Saturday to reach the title game against Hilo.
The three-team regional was played at Westminister High School.
Venice fought past the Nobu Yamauchi All-Stars 6-1 on Saturday in the RBI Baseball League West Regional in Anaheim, Calif.
The Hilo squad scored a run in the bottom of the first inning before the Venice pitchers shut out the Big Islanders the rest of the way in the seven-inning contest. Venice plated three runs in the second and fourth innings against Hilo starter Keian Kanetani.
Kanetani went the distance and took the loss. He gave up eight hits and four earned runs as Hilo was eliminated from the four-team tournament. Kanetani walked three and stsruck out two.
The Big Islanders were held to three hits — singles by Kanetani, Bryce Felipe and Caleb Freitas-Fields.
Venice advanced to the title game against host Anaheim, slated today with the winner earning a berth in the RBI World Series.
car wash set
The Hawaii State PONY Baseball (13-14) champions will hold a car wash from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at KTA Super Stores-Puainako, according to head coach Eric Kurosawa.
The Hilo team captured the state title last week on Maui and will play in the West Regional, starting July 30 in Whittier, Calif.