This is the way sports were meant to be.
With only one week left to play in the Kaua’i Senior Softball League, three teams – the K Makules, the Rookies, and the Lihue A’s – are tied for the top spot in the second round, and no one is certain who will stand alone come the postseason.
In the first game played last Saturday at the Waimea Ball Field, the K-Makules scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap an 8-7 victory over West Kaua’i.
Down one in the sixth, with the bases loaded and with two outs on the board, Tiny Domingo thrashed a hit to centerfield which scored the two game-clinching runs.
West Kaua’i attempted to bounce back in the seventh.
With one out and the bases juiced, Bob Mercal hit a fly to center, which Doric Remata caught for the second out. The runner from third attempted to dash for the tying score but was picked off by a perfect Remata throw to home -the play abruptly ended West Kaua’i’s hopes for a win.
Big Sticks for the K-Makules: Lefty Remata, John Tabonair and “Big” Ben Pescador each had two hits.
Bukoski, who went 3-3 at the plate, was the losing pitcher; Paiste took the win.
Maxie Moreno and Ricky Carveiro each added two hits.
Lihue walked all over East Kaua’i 16-5 in the second game at Waimea.
Joe Brun picked up the win for Lihue, Walter Silva took the loss.
Peter Rayno, Tomo Hiranaka and Shigo Oshiro each had a homerun on three hits. Dwight Fujii and Ismo Yoshigi also had three hits apiece.
East Kaua’i’s Les Kubo, Walter Silva and Chris Asuncion all paired hits.
In the third game, the Rookies got a scare from Kawaihau, but was able to maintain in its 11-10 win.
Archie Fontanilla went the distance for the win. Paul Awazu took the loss for Kawaihau.
Goro Planas was the Rookies Big Stick with a homerun on two hits. Also with two hits were Ray Espino, Dickie Saliana and Jimmy Moriwaki.
Kawaihau Big Sticks: Richard Alfonso and Steve Fujii with two hits.
Lihue A’s 7-2
West Kauai 4-5
East Kauai 1-8
Last week’s games:
K-Makules 8, West Kauai 7
Lihue A’s 16, East Kauai 5
Rookies 11, Kawaihau 10
Upcoming games (final weekend):
@ Kapa’a Ball Park (9:15 a.m.)
East Kauai vs. West Kauai
Rookies vs. Lihue A’s
K-Makules and Kawaihau
Three-way tie intact heading into final week of Senior League