Rain washes opener away

KAPA’A — While the rest of the state has already played a few regular season games, the KIF remains just a few innings into the 2006 season.

Thanks to the rain, the scheduled KIF baseball opener between Kapa’a and Kaua’i, yesterday at the Ron Martin Athletic Field was suspended to a later date.

The contest was called at the top of the second with the Warriors at bat, with two outs and no runners on the bases.

The Red Raiders hold the 9-5 advantage when the game is rescheduled.

From the start, the overcast conditions seemed to be threatening, as a slight drizzle came down towards the beginning of the second frame.

Then the downpour started, right after the Warriors scored their fifth run of the game.

Kapa’a opened up with a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with Red Raider hurler Stanton Yoshimori running into some trouble at the start.

Kaua’i answered with nine runs in its half of the first, thanks to a big two RBI single by senior Jett Jasper. Other Red Raiders who contributed to the big inning were Andrew Renaud, Blake Gingerich, and Aaron Adachi.

Kapa’a starter Travis Shigeta was troubled with control issues and was replaced by C.J. Jacinto, but after a few batters, the Warriors brought in Waylan Kupihea, who closed out the first inning.

The Warriors stormed back in the second frame, as Kahai Nakano ripped an RBI single and Travis Nakamura crossed the plate on an error, which put the Warriors down by five at 9-4. Kapa’a tallied another run right before the game was suspended.

KIF baseball continues on Saturday, weather permitting, at Waimea High School, with Kaua’i battling the Menehune in doubleheader action starting at 10 a.m.

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