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Kapa`a sweeps!

LIHU’E – The Kapa’a Warriors broke out their bats, umbrellas and brooms

Saturday, as they swept the weekend double header against the Kaua’i Red

Raiders to take a 1-1/2 game lead in the first round of KIF baseball action.

Battling a late start (ACT student testing), tough weather conditions (rain,

wind gusts, and incrementally darkening skies), and persistent Raider

determination, it wasnt easy for the visiting victors who took a 12-14, 13-7

win.

Game 1

Kapa’a 14 Kaua’i 12

Kapa’a’s Sean Tamura got things

going with a second inning triple to the right field corner, scoring on a Royce

Rapozo fielder’s choice.

The Raiders evened the tally in the bottom of

the inning as Mark Rodrigues led off against Warrior hurler Allen Mundon with a

single to right. Kwinton Estacio’s sacrifice bunt advanced Rodrigues to second,

and Oshima’s first-pitch bouncer into left moved him up to third. Aaron

Fernandez’ grounder was initially bobbled by Warrior infielder Micah Furtado

who recovered to force Canales (running for Oshima) at second, as Rodrigues

scored to knot the score at 1-1.

Scott Serizawa’s one-out single to right

in the bottom half of the third inning was followed by a booming Jason Koga

triple, scoring Serizawa for the go-ahead. Kainoa Santos’ single to right off

Mundon’s initial offering scored Koga for the 3-1 lead.

Two singles by

Mundon and Tamura put Warriors on first and second. Rapozo’s ground smash to

third gobbled up the Raider infielder and allowed Mundon to score cuttingt the

lead to 3-2. Brandon Bonilla’s ground ball up the middle went off Koga’s glove,

letting Tamura score to even things up a second time.

The fifth proved to

be the game’s deciding inning of play. With one-out, Justin Matsukawa singled

to right and Furtado followed with a rifle-shot double near the 380 sign in

right center scoring Matsukawa to put the Warriors in front for good. A two-out

intentional walk to Tamura put runners on first and second. Kalani Miyashiro

was unintentionally hit to load the bases with a Rapozo full-count walk

force-scoring Furtado to make it 5-3.

Bonilla’s triple to center cleared

the bases with a Raider infield error bringing him home as the Warriors jumped

ahead 9-3.

With Chris Lary running at first for catcher Robert Merkel,

Ikaika Pezario laced a single past third.

Raider relief pitcher Jeremy

Yeats moved Oshima to left field defensively, Matsukawa singled to left to load

the bags and Furtado’s double scored Lary and Pezario. Two consecutive balk

calls brought in Pezario and Furtado as the Warriors ended their at-bat 13-3.

Kapa’a defensive changes in the bottom half of the fifth had Furtado

moving from second to assume catching chores with freshman Matt Isoda playing

second.

Rodrigues led off with a double to left followed by an Estacio

single putting Raiders on the corners. Oshima walked to fill the bases and a

wild pitch to Yeats allowed Rodrigues to score with Estacio and Oshima poised

to score. Yeats walked to fill the bases. Kendrick Melchor was unintentionally

hit scoring Estacio.

Defensive Warrior changes had Mundon and Rapozo

switching positions with Mundon going to first and Rapozo to the hill in

relief.

Tyler Kobayashi’s high infield single scored Oshima and whittled

the lead to 13-6.

The first of the contest’s key defensive plays followed

as Serizawa hit a line screamer to Isoda whose throw to first doubled-off

Kobayashi. A wild pitch to Koga scored Yeats from third to bring the Raiders

within six runs with a walk putting runners on the corners, but a fly out to

left ended the threat.

The Raiders added their eighth run in the bottom of

the sixth as Rodrigues led off with a ttriple to rightfield and scored on

Estacio’s fielders choice ground ball.

Kapa’a answered in the top of the

final frame as Matsukawa tripled to right with one out. Furtado’s first-pitch

sacrifice fly to right scored Matsukawa with the Warriors’ final run of the

contest.

The Raiders, who in preseason displayed the ability to score in

bunches, just wouldn’t go down easily. With one out, Serizawa dropped a single

to right with Koga being plunked by a pitch. Santos followed with a ground-rule

double to score Serizawa and put runners on second and third.

Rodrigues

singled to right scoring Koga and Santos, cutting the lead to 14-11. A wild

pitch moved Rodrigues to second with an Estacio single droving Rodrigues home.

In an effort to stem the Raider momentum, Kapa’a Head Coach Shannon Masada

initiated a triage of defensive moves as Matsukawa moved to the mound, Rapozo

to first, and Mundon to the shortstop position, but a wild pitch moved Estacio

to second and a walk to Oshima put the tying run at first.

Furtado made the

game’s second key defensive play with a tough catch of Yeats’ foul pop in

front of the Kapa’a dugout for the inning’s second out. A ground ball to Isoda

forced Oshima at second to end the contest after two hours and forty-five

minutes of play.

Kapa’a scored 14 runs on 14 hits, 3 walks, and 3 hit

batsmen; the Warriors made 3 errors and left 6 men on base. Kaua’i scored 12

runs on 14 hits, 8 walks, and 3 batters hit-by-pitches; the Raiders committed 3

errors and left 12 runners on.

Game 2:

Kapa’a 13 Kaua’i 7

The second game started identical to the first matchup with the Warriors

taking an initial lead only to have Kaua’i storm back. Justin Matsukawa hit a

one-out single to right off Raider starting pitcher Jason Koga and promptly

stole second base. After a fly out, Matsukawa again showed his aggressive style

of play with a theft of third. Allen Mundon’s infield single scored Matsukawa

for a 1-0 score. Raider outfielder Tyler Kobayashi started off the first inning

with single up the box as Warrior middle infielders Matsukawa and Matt Isoda

collided trying to make the play. Scott Serizawa sacrifice bunted advancing

Kobayashi to second.

Jason Koga walked off Kapa’a starting pitcher Royce

Rapozo to put runners at first and second, as Kainoa Santos drove the first

pitch he saw into center field.

The throw home was too late to nab

Kobayashi with the tying run but Micah Furtado’s play nabbed Santos going to

second.

Mark Rodrigues continued his torrid hitting by driving in Koga

from third with a single to right to put the Raiders up.

Kwinton Estacio

followed with a single and Scott Oshima’s first-pitch bad-hop single past short

brought in Rodrigues from second to make it 3-1. Kalani Miyashiro and Rapozo

drew walks off Koga to start the second inning. Brandon Bonilla’s bunt single

loaded the bases with designated hitter Kaili Panui’s five-pitch walk bringing

Miyashiro home for the second Warrior run.

Ikaika Pezario hit a high

bouncer into left to score Rapozo. Matsukawa was unintentionally hit to force

Bonilla home giving Kapa’a the 4-3 nod.

Koga was moved to shortstop as

Levi Rapozo entered in relief for the Raiders before Furtado hit a sacrifice

fly to scoring Panui from third.

Mundon’s first-pitch double to the deepest

part of center drove in Pezario and Matsukawa to make it 7-3.

Sean Tamura

walked to put runners on first and second and a double steal by Mundon and

Tamura put both Warriors in scoring position. Miyashiro singled to score Mundon

and Tamura sauntered home as Miyashiro’s theft of second drew a throw from the

Raider catcher. Rapozo’s opposite field bouncer scored Miyashiro for Kapa’as

tenth run.

Matsukawa hit a one-out third inning triple to the center field

fence with Furtado driving a high bouncing single through the right side bring

Matsukawa home.

A two-out Tamura double to center scored Furtado and

increased the Warrior lead to 12-3.

The Raiders cut the lead by one in the

bottom of the fourth on a one-out Kobayashi triple and Koga sacrifice fly.

Kaili Panui started the fifth with a single and Pezario moved him to

second on a sacrifice bunt fielded by Estacio from the catcher’s position.

Panui easily swiped third and scored on a Matsukawa bunt that was bobbled by

the Raider third baseman for an error.

Rodrigues’ fly ball in the inning’s

bottom half was dropped in the Kapa’a outfield for a two-base error.

A

one-out Oshima single put runners on the corners and a Kapa’a fielding error on

pinch hitter Marc Matsumura’s ground ball scored Rodrigues and put Raiders on

first and second.

An infield pop and a stellar defensive play by Warrior

shortstop Matsukawa of a Kobayashi smash up the middle squelched any thoughts

of a big Raider inning.

The Raiders scored again in the home half of the

sixth as Serizawa started off with a single. Warrior outfielder Brandon Bonilla

made two outstanding running catches deep in right off Koga and Santos drives,

but ran out of real estate as Rodrigues capped off his outstanding offensive

showing by launching a 360-foot drive that landed loudly on the iron roof of

the Kaua’i Builders storage building and cut the lead to 13-7.

Jeremy

Yeats pitched a scoreless inning in relief of Levi Rapozo and the Raiders

looked to rally in their bottom half of the seventh. Oshima led off with a

first-pitch single to left field. Kapa’a hurler Royce Rapozo looked to finish

what he started by getting pinch hitter Dustin Goias on a tough foul pop to

Miyashiro in short left. Pinch hitter Rodney Baptiste hit a roller down the

third baseline that was gloved by Miyashiro and thrown for a 5-4-3 game-ending

double play to give the Warriors the afternoon sweep.

The victorious

Warriors (3-1) made the most of their opportunities and scored 13 runs on 13

hits, 5 walks, and had 1 batter hit-by-a-pitch; Kapa’a committed 2 errors and

left 4 men on base. Royce Rapozo got his second complete-game win for the

Warriors as he limited the Raiders (1-2) to 7 runs on 10 hits and 4 walks;

Kaua’i made 2 errors and left 8 men on.

In the double header, Raider first

baseman Mark Rodrigues went 6-8 (with 3 singles, a double, a triple, and a home

run) at the plate (including a walk) and drove in 5 runs. Offensive heroes for

the Warriors were Micah Furtado (4-6 on the afternoon with 2 singles and 2

doubles, 3 sacrifices) with 6 RBIs and Justin Matsukawa (6-9 at the plate with

4 singles and 2 triples) who scored 5 times.

Kapa’a will play its first

home game of the season on Wednesday, April 5, in a 2:45 p.m. contest at the

Ron Martin Field against the Waimea Menehunes (1-2).

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