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.