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Seniors keep swinging away around the island

‘ELE’ELE — There were more single digit scores coming out of the senior softball matches this past weekend than most are used to witnessing.

So was it due to good pitching or suspect hitting? Well, it depends on how you look at it. Nonetheless, the seniors kept swinging away — hit or miss on the westside.

West Kaua’i, Lihu’e A’s, Rookies, and East Kaua’i, were all victorious on Saturday at the ‘Ele’ele Ballpark.

West Kaua’i edged Lihu’e, 8-6, with Bob Merkle (2-3, 3 RBI’s), Junior Rivera (2-3), and Daniel Manus (3-3) leading the way.

Ernest Domingo (2-2), Dwight Fujii (2-3), Gary Wardlaw (2-3), Bernard Mahuiki (2-3, 2 RBI’s), and Roy Running (2-3) paced Lihu’e’s bats.

The A’s bounced back in their second game by bouncing Kuku’s Aces, 14-2. Fujii, Ron Alfonso, Randy Tomlinson, Mahuiki, and Domingo contributed with two hits each. Alfonso carded two RBI’s and Mahuiki chipped in with 4 RBI’s. Gordon Doo led Kuku’s with a 2-2 effort.

The Rookies slammed Kawaihau, 6-1, thanks to the efforts of Mike Folster (2-3, 2 RBI’s), Walter Souza (2-4), and Hank Nishikawa (2-4). Jack Lucas (2-3), Paul Gusman (2-3), and Stephen Fujii (3-4) led Kawaihau.

In the final game, East Kaua’i blanked K-Makule, 8-0. Ronnie Holt (2-2), Rick Ramones (2-3), and Damien Victorino (2-4) had the hot bats for the winners. Guy Ruiz (1-2) and Jerry Albarado (2-2) led K-Makule.

Here are the results from March 4:

East Kaua’i 24, Kawaihau 16

Leading hitters for East Kaua’i: Sonny Labugen 2 for 3; Damien Victorino 3 for 5; Sonny Waialeale 4 for 4; Donald Boro, Alex Youn and Rick Ramones 4 for 5 with three RBI’s to Youn and Boro and six RBI to Ramones. Youn and Ramones each had a home run.

Leading hitters for Kawaihau: Sherwood Iida 2 for 2 with 2 RBI’s; Jack Lucas and Paul Steinfort 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s to Steinfort; Stephen Fujii and Ernest Koerte 2 for 4 with 7 RBI’s to Koerte; Paul Awazu 3 for 4, and Milton Hiranaka went 4 for 4.

Lihu’e A’s 25, Kawaihau 6

Leading hitters for Lihu’e A’s: Ismo Yoshishige went 2 for 2; Tomoo Hiranaka, Gary Wardlaw, Peter Rayno, and Ernest Domingo 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s to Wardlaw; Bernard Mahuiki and Bruddah Rittmeister 3 for 3 with 2 RBI’s to Rittmeister; Dwight Fujii, Ron Alfonso and Frank Medeiros went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI to Fujii and Medeiros plus a two-run homer for Medeiros.

Leading hitters for Kawaihau: Herb Honjo and Dado Paiste went 2 for 2; Stephen Fujii, Paul Steinfort and Charles Cecil went 2 for 3. Sherwood Iida hit a homerun.

K-Makule 15, Kuku’s Aces 11

Leading hitters for K-Makule: Herman Fraticelli went 2 for 3 plus 4 RBI’s; Danny Smith went 2 for 4; Eddie Dela Cruz, Kenneth Tamashiro, Guy Ruiz and Doric Remata went 3 for 4 with 5 RBI’s to Tamashiro and 2 RBI’s to Ruiz.

Leading hitters for Kuku’s Aces: Gordon Doo, Ben Pescador, Kaleo Furtado, Pancho DeCosta, and Solomon Reyes went 2 for 3 with a 3 run homer to Doo. Ale Lomosad had a single run homer.

West Kaua’i 14, Rookies 13

Leading hitters for West Kaua’i: Rudy Villon and John Patt went 2 for 2 with 4 RBI’s to Villon and 3 RBI’s to Patt plus a home run. Richard Carveiro and Frank Bukoski went 2 for 3 plus 2 RBI’s for Bukoski; Daniel Manus went 2 for 4; Pat Pavao went 3 for 4, and Bob Merkle went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.

Leading hitters for the Rookies: Steven Lizima went 2 for 3; Mike Folster, Stan Dela Cruz and Archie Fontanilla went 2 for 4; Hank Nishikawa went 4 for 4 with 4 RBI’s and two homeruns.

The senior softball action is scheduled to take place at the ‘Ele’ele Ballpark once again on Saturday.

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