Waimea explodes for win

KAPA’A — The Waimea baseball team continued where it left off from its 14-4 KIF game two doubleheader win over Kaua’i on Saturday.

The Menehune once again showed patience at the plate against Kapa’a and premier starting pitcher Kyle Neuberger on Wednesday at Ron Martin Stadium.

Waimea drew nine walks, smacked nine hits, stole five bases and took advantage of five Kapa’a errors in scoring 13 runs en route to a 13-4 win.

Rayson Cacal singled, tripled and drove in a run while teammate Issac Castillo added an RBI double in the fifth inning to help the Menehune (2-1 in the KIF) open a 6-2 edge midway though the game.

The Warriors (0-1 in the KIF) jumped out to a 2-0 first-inning lead on a delayed double steal and then run-scoring single from Jesse Noone (3-3 with a walk).

However, Waimea starting pitcher Michael Yaris tamed the Warriors’ bats for the next three innings.

Yaris, who dropped his first start of the season, a 4-3 loss to Kaua’i on Saturday, battled through Wednesday’s contest.

Yaris pitched six innings, yielding six hits with three strikeouts and seven walks.

The 6-foot-3-inch Neuberger struggled for 4 2/3 innings allowing seven runs, only three of which were earned.

The Kapa’a hurler gave up six hits with eight strikeouts.

Neuberger was hurt by three Kapa’a errors in the field.

For the Warriors, Frank Rivera, Rayton Bonilla and Bryan Merkle added hits.

For Waimea, Michael Ishibashi drew four walks at the leadoff spot while Oliver Moniz added two hits and an RBI.

Kapa’a faces Kaua’i on Saturday at Vidinha Stadium.

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