AJA leaders take losses

Bats exploded at Hanapepe Stadium Sunday as the Rivermen and Indians battled.

When the dust settled, the Hanapepe Rivermen handed the Makaweli Indians their second loss in as many weeks, 14-11, and in the finale, the Lihu‘e Builders edged the AJA defending champion Kalaheo Kaneshiro Farmers, 3-2.

In the win, Hanapepe finished with 12 hits while holding Makaweli to nine hits, and in the finale, Kalaheo out hit Lihu‘e 10-8.

Makaweli’s pitcher Cody Dotario went for just one and two-thirds innings, but gave up seven earned runs on three hits while striking out one, and walking six Rivermen.

Royce Ijma relieved Dotario for the remainder of the contest, but gave up another seven earned runs on nine hits while striking out one and walking five.

Broc Santiago, starting for Hanapepe, gave up nine earned runs in two and one-third innings. The 9 runs came on four hits while striking out one, and walking seven. Brendan Hashimoto picked up the relief, but gave up an earned run in one and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits, striking out two, and walking none. Kevin Suga closed the door for Hanapepe, going three innings with no earned runs while allowing a pair of hits, striking out three, and walking none.

Hanapepe bats were led by Harold Shimono (2-2) who drove in two RBI on a double and a single. Hashimoto (2-2), also finished with an RBI. Marcus Lorenzo (2-3) finished with a pair of RBI on a single and a double.

Vince Nitta led Hanapepe in RBI as he went 1-3 with four RBI. Brendon Hew (1-2), Dean Nonaka (1-2), and Quentin Natividad (1-2) each drove in an RBI each. Ijima (1-1), and Troy Shigematsu (1-3) singled.

Michael Shimatsu (3-4) had the big bat for Makaweli with five RBI on a home run and two singles. Gordon Muramaru (3-4) finished with two RBI on a double and a pair of singles. Jason Nakata (1-3) and an RBI on his single, and Brad Chiba and Sean Jardin each singled.

Curtis Sadamitsu (2-3) had two RBI to lead Lihu‘e to their 3-2 win over Kalaheo in the nightcap.

Zoom Bukoski (3-4) had no RBI, but was one of the batting leaders for Kalaheo with three singles. Brother Dave Bukoski (1-4) added the power with an RBI on a three-bagger. Kainoa Santos (1-5) added the second RBI on a double. Liko Pereira (1-3) doubled, Kaleo Saiki (2-4) finished with two singles, Keola McCallum (1-4), and Brandon Ishibashi (1-5) each singled as Kalaheo outhit Lihu‘e 10-8 in the effort that came up short.

Joining Sadamitsu, Landon Samiano (2-4) doubled and singled, Mikey Cardinez (1-3) doubled. Dan Tanimoto (1-3), Cory Dotario (1-3), and Aaron Kaneshiro (1-3) all singled.

Barry Kawamura went seven innings to pick up the win for Lihu‘e, allowing no runs on six hits while striking out one. Cardinez finished with two earned runs on four hits.

Kalaheo starter Kendrick Caspillo suffered the loss in five innings with two earned runs on five hits with a pair of whiffs and two walks. Ishibashi went in on relief but allowed an earned run on three hits with one strikeout and a walk in two and two-thirds innings. Santos finished off the third of an inning with no runs on no hits while striking out one.

Single elimination play is scheduled to start on Sunday, Feb. 26 at Hanapepe Stadium at 10 a.m.

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