WAIMEA — The three-time defending champion Red Raider squad was challenged yesterday in both games and in the first contest, the Menehune were able to sneak away with the win.
Braden Hiraoka came up with the game-winning hit in the 10th inning, which gave the Menehune the 7-6 victory.
Bradley Frasco picked up the first game win, with both teams struggling to score a run after seven innings.
However, Waimea managed to bring home the game-winning run off of Kaua’i pitcher Andrew Renaud.
First game top performers included Waimea’s Isaac Castillo, Layne Fernandez, Brenden Hew, Quinton Natividad, and Broc Santiago.
Kaua’i was paced by Stanton Yoshimori, Renaud, Jordan Leanio, Jett Jasper, Aaron Soong, and Blake Gingerich.
In the second game, the Red Raiders bounced back and jumped ahead 6-1 in the first inning and held the 8-3 advantage after three innings of play.
In the seventh frame, the Menehune mounted one final comeback, but the Red Raiders held on for the 10-7 win.
Trent Allianic picked up the victory for Kaua’i and Reggie Vigilia suffered the loss for the Menehune.
Waimea and Kaua’i both have identical 1-1 records.
KIF baseball continues on Wednesday, with Kapa’a traveling to Waimea to face the Menehune starting at 2:45 p.m.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.