Kapa`a in control

The Kapa’a Warriors, winners of the KIF baseball first round of play, assumed

early control of the second round by sweeping Saturday’s double header against

the Waimea Menehunes at the Ron Martin Field by scores of 13-8 and 14-4.

Game 1: Kapa’a 13 Waimea 8

Two-game winner Royce Rapozo started on

the hill for the Warriors and shut Waimea down in order to begin the contest,

getting the initial three outs on only five offerings (two first-toss ground

outs and a three-pitch strikeout).

The Warriors kicked things off in their

bottom half, scoring the game’s initial run on two Menehune miscues. A

collision in the Waimea outfield on Ikaika Pezario’s drive into right center

left the Warrior lead-off man standing on second.

Justin Matsukawa’s high

chopper to third was thrown past first allowing Pezario to ramble home and

Matsukawa to take second.

Kapa’a’s Micah Furtado laced a ground rule

double over the left field corner to drive in Matsukawa for a 2-0 lead.

After a Warrior strikeout, an Allen Mundon single to left brought in

Furtado with Kapa’a’s third run. With Sean Tamura at the plate, Mundon stole

second and took third as the throw went into center field.

Tamura walked

to put runners on the corners and a called balk on Waimea starter Ashley

Vidinha allowed Mundon to jog home and Tamura to lope to second. Tamura took

third on Kalani Miyashiro’s ground out and scored on Branden Bonilla’s single

to right to make it 5-0.

The Menehunes came roaring back in the second to

cut the Warrior lead to one.

William Rita stroked a first-pitch double to

left center and Vidinha was clipped to put two runners on. Rocky Aviguetero’s

double down the left field line kicked up chalk and Rita zipped in with

Waimea’s first run.

A double by Vance Matsumoto under the glove of Tamura

in left brought in Vidinha and Aviguetero, and David Hanashiro followed with a

single to put runners on the corners.

Kapa’a pitched out on the first

offering to Clarence Aki and Hanashiro was gunned down at second on a relay

from catcher Robert Merkel. Aki then singled in Matsumoto and the Menehunes

trailed 5-4.

The Menehunes struck for three additional runs in the top

half of the third inning. Rita led off with a single over short but was cut

down on Vidinha’s fielders choice grounder to Matsukawa.

Aviguetero

blooped a double down the right field line to put runners on second and third

and Kapa’a Head Coach Shannon Masada went immediately to Kaleo Lopez in an

attempt to quell the Menehune uprising.

Matsumoto worked Lopez for a walk

to load the bases but the strong left-hander stormed back with a four-pitch

“K” for the inning’s second out. Aki’s chopped grounder to the right

side was mishandled and Vidinha sprinted home to tie the contest.

With

the bases still full, Jesse Sablan’s four-pitch walk forced in Aviguetero to

give Waimea their first lead at 6-5.

A check-swing single over the

mound by Kanea Kinimaka-Aranio scored Matsumoto and a walk to DH Scott Yamase

allowed Aki to jog in with Waimea’s eighth run.

Kapa’a cut it to 8-6 in

their bottom half as Mundon smashed an 0-2 double to right center and a

fielding error on a Tamura ground ball allowed the Warrior DH to slide in at

home.

Robert Lore replaced Lopez on the hill in the top of the fourth and

pitched four innings of scoreless relief for the Warriors in picking up the

win.

Kapa’a broke the contest open in the home half of the sixth with

seven runs on eight hits. Bonilla led off with a single to left and Kaili Panui

was sent in to run for the Warrior right fielder. An errant pick-off attempt

allowed Panui to hustle to second and Merkel’s soft infield single to the right

side put runners on the corners. Chris Lary entered to run for Merkel and

Pezario followed with a single to right to score Panui and shorten the lead to

8-7. A surprise Matsukawa bunt single loaded the bags and Waimea Head Coach

Kui Souza brought in Vernon Vea to relieve Vidinha.

A walk to Furtado

allowed Mundon to cash in from third and tie the game for the second time.

Lopez singled to drive in Pezario and Matsukawa for a 10-8 Warrior lead

and Tyler Wakuta entered to run at first. Mundon’s single over short drove home

Furtado and a one-out throwing error put Wakuta on third.

Mundon stole

second and Bonilla’s second single of the inning scored Wakuta to make it 12-8

with Mundon stopping at third. Merkel lined a single through the left side to

bring home Mundon with Kapa’a’s final run.

Lore ended the ball game and

picked up his first win of the season by inducing a routine fly to center and

striking out the final two Menehune batters.

Offensive honors went to

Kapa’a’s Pezario (2 singles, double), Mundon (2 singles, double), Bonilla (3

singles) and Merkel (2 singles); leading Menehune hitters included Rita

(double, single), Aviguetero (2 doubles) and Hanashiro (2 singles).

Waimea’s Vidinha pitched well in spots despite another loss, picking up 6

strikeouts in his five-inning stint.

Kapa’a scored 13 runs on 15 hits and

3 walks while the Menehunes countered with 8 runs on 10 hits, 3 walks and had 3

batters hit-by-pitches. The Warriors committed 2 errors while Waimea had 5

miscues.

Game 2: Kapa’a 14 Waimea 4 (5 innings)

Playing

inspired baseball on their home field, the Warriors again jumped in front by

five runs after one inning of play only to have Waimea storm back.

Pezario

drew a lead-off walk from Waimea hurler Aki, and Matsukawa was caught looking

at strike three.

Furtado was unintentionally hit to put two on and Lopez

tailing single scored Pezario. Furtado, the defending KIF 100-meter sprint

champion, stole third and came home with the Warriors’ second run as the relay

attempt went into left field.

A passed ball moved Lopez to third and,

following a Mundon walk, the Warrior first baseman tagged and scored on

Tamura’s sacrifice fly to left.

A Miyashiro single put runners on first

and third and he stole second on the first offering to Bonilla to move into

scoring position. The aggressive stategy paid off as Mundon and Miyashiro

scored on consecutive fielding mistakes to increase the Warrior lead to 5-0.

Waimea got a run back in the top of the second as Rita walked on four

balls and Vidinha stroked a single into left. Aviguetero’s sacrifice bunt

moved both runners up with Matsumoto hitting a sacrifice fly to right to score

Rita sliding in ahead of the relay to the plate.

Daivd Hanashiro relieved

Aki to start the second and kept the Warrior hitting attack off-balance and

hitless in the second and third innings.

The Menehunes again challenged

with three runs in the top of the fourth.

Yamase guided a single through

the box for Waimea’s second hit of the game off Warrior thrower Matsukawa.

After a pop out, Vidinha ripped a first pitch double down the third base line

to put runners on second and third.

Yamase scampered home on an Aviguetero

fielders choice out and a fielding error on Matsumoto’s ground ball allowing

Vidinha to score and cut the lead to 5-3.

Matsumoto stole second and

Hanashiro lined a single into center field. The relay to the infield was

thrown past third and Matsumoto touched home to close the gap to a single run.

Kapa’a immediately answered in their home half. Matsukawa drew a one-out

walk and Furtado lined a single by Sablan into right. A fielding error allowed

Matsukawa to take third and Furtado promptly stole his second base of the

contest.

Lopez hit a long sac fly to center to score Matsukawa and move

Furtado up. The telling blow of the contest happened as Mundon blasted a shot

into the pines behind the left field fence to double up the Menehunes 8-4.

Despite singles by Aranio and Rita, Matsukawa kept Waimea scoreless in the

top of the fifth.

Bonilla started off the bottom half by flying out to

Aviguetero in center field but would find redemption later in the inning.

Merkel ripped a single under Aki’s glove at third with Lary entering to

run. Pezario’s single was bobbled in center to put runners in scoring

position.

A wild pitch to Matsukawa allowed Lary to scamper in and move

Pezario to third. Matsukawa walked and Vernon Vea was moved to the mound from

right field in relief of Hanashiro.

Matsukawa immediately stole second and

Furtado was intentionally walked to load the bases and set up a double play or

force attempt.

The opportunity, however, failed to materialize. A wild

pitch to Lopez brought in Pezario with Kapa’a’s tenth run and moved Matsukawa

and Furtado up a bag. Lopez’s second sac fly of the ball game allowed

Matsukawa to score and Furtado to tag to third.

Furtado sprinted home on

another wild pitch for a 12-4 lead and Mundon singled up the box.

A

fielding error on Tamura’s ground ball put two on and Miyashiro singled through

the right side to reload the bases.

Bonilla rapped a 1-0 count stand-up

double to center, scoring Mundon and Tamura and ending the contest via the

10-run mercy rule.

Mundon (single, home run) and Miyashiro (2 singles)

paired hits for the Warriors as did Waimea’s Vidinha (double, single).

Matsukawa pitched five innings in picking up the victory for Kapa’a and

limited the Menehunes to 4 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. The Warriors scored 14

runs on 10 hits, 6 walks and had a batter hit by a pitch. The Warriors erred

once while Waimea committed 5 errors.

The Waimea Menehunes (1-7 overall,

0-2 in the second round) take on the Kaua’i Red Raiders (3-3 overall, 0-0) on

Wednesday, April 19, at Hanapepe Ball Park in a 2:45 p.m. contest.

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