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Sugar Mill Classic Honors High School Seniors

By HawaiiSportsPage
May 25, 2009: The 11th Sugar Mill Classic brought together some of Hawaii’s best High School Senior baseball talent for an exhibition game at Hans L’Orange Baseball Park in Waipahu. The name of the game pays tribute to the Waipahu Sugar Mill that is remnant and visible in the background of centerfield at the Park.
 
The event coordinator is Casey Onaga who is a professional scout for Major League Baseball. The number one was visible throughout the day. Only one run was scored, there were twenty one strikeouts, there was one error on both teams, and the player scoring the only run was Mililani’s Jordan Queja, who was wearing number one. And believe it or not, the game started at one o’clock.
 
There was only one player from the BIIF, KIF and MIL; Hilo High’s Ryan Fukunaga, Kauai High’s Dustin Prem, and Kamehameha-Maui’s Dayton Alexander.

Kaiser High School’s Bryce Marcoullier made the most of his one at bat. Marcoullier hit a one out triple in the sixth to break the scoreless game, bringing in Queja.

UHH Vulcan Skipper, Joey Estrella had his eye on his 09 recruiting class, Joshua Wong (Kamehameha), Makana Raime (Kamehameha), Arlie Johnson (Kamehameha), Chris Pascual (Kamehameha), and Reyn Matsuki (Kailua). Johnson made a nice throw to cutoff firstbaseman Kinohi Kelly-Paleka of Molokai to get Punahou’s Tyler Hanzawa at the plate to hold the White team scoreless.  

For BIIF Player Ryan Fukunaga, it was an honor to be in attendance with some of the best Hawaii High School players. Fukunaga felt fortunate to start at shortstop and bat in the one spot for the Gray Team. “It was fun to be with some of the players I made friends with at the Arizona Fall Classic this October,” Fukunaga said. Fukunaga went to the Arizona Fall Classic with Duane Eldredge with most of the players on both teams. Fukunaga was a first team BIIF selection where he led Hilo in five offensive categories including; RBI’s(26), Runs(26), Triples(3), Doubles(6), and Homeruns(2). He also was second in steals(10) and tied for the lead in Walks. The Hilo shortstop went hitless at the game, but hit the ball hard the first time up to the first baseman.  Fukunaga was also on the all tournament team in the 2009 Maui Baseball Tournament. Fukunaga is still deciding on the college baseball program he will be playing for as he has narrowed it down to three including UHH.
 
Kamehameha-Hawaii player Jayce Carvalho and Kealakehe's Dorian Riveira  were the only BIIF player to play in the Underclassmen game held the day previous. There were two other BIIF players invited to the Sugar Mill underclassman game for the BIIF including Ridge Hoopii-Haslem that had last minute obligations and could not make it. The Sugar Mill Classic has it's place in Hawaii sports and even though the sugar cane is gone from yesterday, at least the high school boys of summer can play together for one day one last time.

Pictured above is the 2009 Sugar Mill Classic Team Gray -
Team Gray defeated Team White 1-0
Gray Team Members include: Jordan Queja (Mililani), Joshua Wong (Kamehameha), Arlie Johnson (Kamehameha), Wataru Noguchi (Kalani), Carlton Tanabe (Pearl City), Bryce Marcouiller (Kaiser), Tyler Young (Punahou), Reyn Nagamine (Iolani), Kinohi Kelly-Paleka (Molokai), DJ Andrade (Damien), Ryan Fukunaga (Hilo), Makana Ramie (Kamehameha), Dayton Alexander (Kamehameha-Maui), Joe Honma (Kaiser), Kaden Kamoe (St Louis), Breland Almodova (Iolani), Chris Pascual (Kamehameha), Jeremy Fujimoto (Punahou), Shane Nakata (Pac-5), Bryson Gauthe (Kailua), Scottie Rapanot (Molokai), J.R. Bunda (Iolani), Zach Wong (Kaiser).
Coaches: Shay Hirota (Kailua), Travis Teshima (Kailua), Matt Roman (Kailua)
 
White Team Members include: Grant Iwamoto (Iolani), Brennan Alejo (Aiea), Wade Tamaru (Mid Pac), Cal Tashiro (Kaiser), Kalei Hanawahine (Kamehameha), Dustin Prem (Kauai), Gavin Kinoshita (Mid Pacific), Dillon Matsuda (Kalani), Alika Pruett (Kamehameha), Kale Sumner (Kailua), Reyn Matsuki (Kailua), Nathan Choy (Maryknoll), Piikea Kitamura (Kamehameha), Kalani Brakenridge (Kapolei), Buen Hatanaka (Iolani), Tyler Hanzawa (Punahou), Bryson Namba (Pearl City), Matt McDaniel (Mid Pacific), Joey Aquino (Mililani), Kaimi Haina (Waipahu), Keanu Kapana (Campbell), Evan Lim (Punahou).
Coaches: Blane
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