BIIF Baseball Playoffs: Hiraishi outduels Birch to send Konawaena to D-II Championship

  • Konawaena’s Maika Akamu looks toward the dugout from behind the plate during Wednesday’s BIIF D-II semifinal against Honokaa. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena’s Tobias Naihe tracks a fly ball as a baserunner during Wednesday’s BIIF D-II semifinal against Honokaa. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena’s Taven Hiraishi delivers against a Honokaa batter during Wednesday’s BIIF D-II semifinal. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena’s Maika Akamu cheers on his teammates from the dugout during the Wildcats’ 1-0 BIIF D-II semifinal victory over Honokaa. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Left: Konawaena’s Kingston Lee applauds teammate Kolt Baptista after Baptista drew a bases-loaded walk Wednesday, pushing Lee across to score the lone run in the Wildcats 1-0 victory over Honokaa. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena’s Hayden Nishida tosses his bat toward the dugout after drawing a walk in Wednesday’s 1-0 BIIF D-II semifinal victory against Honokaa. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

  • Konawaena’s Taven Hiraishi celebrates after recording the final out of Wednesday’s 1-0 BIIF D-II semifinal victory against Honokaa. Hiraishi allowed just one hit while striking out 12 in seven innings to earn the win. (Tom Linder/West Hawaii Today)

HONOKAA – Taven Hiraishi was almost unhittable.