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Baseball Hosts Preseason Tourney

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Photo by Rick Schonely

The Molokai High School Farmers Baseball team, under Head Coach Ilika Kaahanui, hosted Pac 5 from the Interscholastic League of Honolulu on Oahu last weekend in a four-game preseason series at Duke Maliu Regional Park.

On Friday, the Wolfpack defeated the Farmers 4-1. Saturday the two teams played a doubleheader and split the two games. Pac 5 won the early game 5-4 by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Molokai came back to win the afternoon game 5-1. On Sunday morning, the teams combined to play a goodwill fellowship game to close the tournament.

Hawaii baseball legend Sid Fernandez — a member of the 1981 Kaiser High School state championship team and later drafter by the LA Dodgers — attended the game to watch his son play for Pac 5. He also serves as a pitching coach for the team. Fernandez went on to be traded to the Mets, where he won the World Series in 1986, and also played with the Phillies.

Fernandez said he enjoys visiting Molokai.

“The people [of Molokai] are very nice,” he said. “They treat us like kings here. Unbelievable!”

Molokai starts its MIL DII regular season on March 3-4 at home against St. Anthony. The only other home games are against Lanai on March 16, 17 and 18. The MIL DII Tournament is April 13-15 at Iron Maehara Stadium on Maui. The State Tournament is April 27-29 on Oahu.

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