Raiders get critical with win over Kapa’a

KAPA’A – Frigid weather conditions failed to stop the hot Kaua’i offense as the Red Raiders outpaced the Kapa’a Warriors 15-3 in 6 innings of Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation prep softball action Wednesday evening at the Kapa’a Ball Park.

The Raiders jumped out to a 10-0 lead after 4-1/2 innings of play on timely hitting and 9 Warrior errors only to watch Kapa’a extend the contest another frame with a trio of runs in the bottom of the fifth.

Kaua’i answered with a five-run sixth and left the bags full of Warriors in the home half to close the contest early due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Ku’ulei Manintin started and picked up her fourth win for Kaua’i, with 3 shutout innings of work while giving up 3 hits and striking out a batter. Sherri Gebauer finished the final three frames on the hill and limited the home squad to 3 earned runs on 4 hits and 2 walks with 7 Ks.

Shantell Wong walked the first three Raiders before being relieved by Sandy Pimental. Pimental took the loss with 9 runs allowed (4 earned) in 5 innings of work on 7 hits and 5 walks, while recording 1 strikeout. Chasa’rae Labuguen took over mound chores after Pimental walked the first two batters in the sixth and gave up 3 earned runs on 3 hits and a pair of walks.

Ulu Kelekoma (2-4, double, 3 stolen bases, 3 RBIs, 3 runs scored), Ana Quibilan (2 singles, stolen base, 3 RBIs), Cherisse Simeona (2 RBIs), Ashley Silva (1-3, stolen base, RBI, 4 runs), Jenna Mercado (RBI, 3 runs), Angela Kirchner (2-3, stolen base), Darcie Allianic (single, RBI, run), Ashley Nonaka (2 runs scored, stolen base), and Kainoa Dejos (2-4, 2 runs) paced the 10-hit Raider attack.

Pimental (2-4, run), Labuguen (1-3, run), Kassandra Wong (2-3, triple, 2 RBIs, run), and Shantell Wong (2-3, double, RBI) excelled for the Warriors.

The Red Raiders improved to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the second round of play to set up Saturday’s (Jan. 18) pivotal double-header at Waimea Canyon Park against the first round champ Menehune (6-2, 2-1) in their final encounter of the regular season. A split would give the Raiders, who defeated Waimea 2-0 earlier in the round, a virtual lock on the second round while a Menehune sweep would put the west-siders up in the standings with only a January 22nd contest with Kapa’a left on their schedule.

The Warriors fell to 0-9 (0-3 in the second round) with the loss and are idle until next Wednesday’s home contest with Waimea.

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, send us an email.