Hokuala: One game away from Jr. Olympic title

WAIMEA—The Kraks hosted Hokuala Saturday, July 12 at the Waimea Ball Park. After taking an early lead in the first inning, Hokuala was up 4-1.

But the Kraks wouldn’t give up and in the second inning rallied to pull ahead 8-4. It wasn’t over for Hokuala, as they would rally in the third and fifth innings. They would prove victorious by a score of 17-8.

Pitching for Hokuala was Jessica Iwata and Wailana Borrero in relief of Iwata. Iwata pitched for two innings and managed to strikeout two batters, walked a pair and allowed eight runs on three hits. Defensively, they committed three errors. Borrero zipped balls past five batters, walked none and allowed no runs on one hit. They committed no errors.

The Kraks starting pitcher was Cassandra Koerte. She pitched for the first inning until Sheena Rapas relieved her. Koerte had no strikeouts, walked seven batters and allowed four runs on no hits. Rapas pitched no strikeouts, walked five and allowed thirteen runs on five hits. The Kraks had a total of five errors.

Top hitters for Hokuala were Danielle Leanio, Jessica Iwata and Wailana Borrero. Leanio went 1-1 with two stolen bases, three scored runs and a home run. Iwata went 2-3 with five stolen bases, two RBI and scored three runs. Borrero 1-2 with a pair of stolen bases, a RBI and scored two runs.

The Kraks offense was lead by Moani Durant, Kanani Mata and Ulu Schmidt. Durant went 2-3 with a scored run and 2 RBI. Mata 0-2 with two scored runs. Schmidt went 1-2 with a stolen base, a RBI and scored a run.

Wi Kea Moa 7, Native Gurlz 3

Pitching for Wi Kea Moa was Syanne Sagawa and Dale Ann Perreira. Sagawa had four strikeouts and a walk. Perreira had two strikeouts and a walk. Wi Kea Moa’s defense committed four errors. Both pitchers allowed three runs on six hits.

Lea Tamura and Chasa’re Labugen took to the mound for the Native Gurlz. Tamura pitched three strikeouts and walked a pair. Labugen struckout three and walked a batter. Defensively, they committed four errors. Both combined seven runs on five hits.

Offensively, Tatum Gonsalves and Brytany Lanning lead Wi Kea Moa. Gonsalves 2-3 with two doubles, a stolen base and scored two runs. Lanning also 2-3 had two stolen bases.

The Native Gurlz were lead by Labugen, Savannah Kupahea and Maka Ferreira. Labugen 2-3 with a run scored. Kupahea and Ferreira each scored a run.

The last game of the 14 and under league will be on Monday, July 14. Hokuala will travel to Kappa and challenge the Native Gurlz. Da Wahines.

Kaua’i’s four 14 Under girls softball team will take part in the three-day softball tournament for 14-Under and 16-Under teams, starting Thursday at the Waimea Canyon Park. Wi Kea Moa opens the action against the visiting Wildcats at 9 a.m.

Hokuala will take on the Kohala Mets in the 10:30 a.m. game with the Kraks going up against the Lady Magic also at 10:30 a.m.

Da Wahines will be the last team to start action, going against Kaua’i’s own Hokuala in a 3 p.m. contest.

The championship for the tournament will be determined on Saturday evening with that pitch going off starting at 6 p.m. at the Waimea Canyon Park.

There is no admission for the tournament.


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