Vigilia pitches Waimea to the top of the league

KAPA’A — After defeating Kapa’a, 17-7 in the first contest, the Menehune baseball team needed to take care of business in the second game of the doubleheader, so they sent Reggie Vigilia to the mound with the first round title in his hands.

And he delivered.

The right hander threw a complete game shutout, allowing only four hits for the first round title clinching, 8-0 victory over the Warriors, yesterday at the Ron Martin Athletic Field.

“My defense played hard behind me. I just got out there and tried to throw some strikes,” Vigilia said after the game.

Waimea coach Kelly Robinson treated the doubleheader just like it was any other set of games.

“It feels like any other win. It doesn’t mean nothing if we can’t win the second round,” Robinson said.

The Menehune utilized three run innings in the fourth and fifth, along with a huge 2-run homerun by catcher Brenden Hew in the sixth, which finished off the Warriors.

After three scoreless innings, Waimea added three runs in the fourth, thanks to Kelly Batis, Broc Santiago, and Keith Nonaka.

Then in the fifth, Nonaka slapped a three-RBI triple, scoring Braxton Parangao, Batis, and Robert Perreira for the 6-0 advantage.

Hew slammed his homer over the leftfield fence, despite the heavy winds coming his way. Vigilia picked up the win and C.J. Jacinto suffered the loss, despite pitching a solid performance.

In the first game, Waimea exploded for 11 runs in the fifth and sixth innings, after being tied 6-6 for the 17-7 win.

Isaac Catillo ripped five RBI’s on a 3-4 performance and Hew added a 2-4 showing. Santiago, Nonaka, and Frasco also contributed the Menehune run total.

Tyler Hadley (2-3), Jacob Planas (2-2), and Waylan Kupihea (2-4) paced the Warriors.

Waimea, the first round champs, improved to 5-1 and Kapa’a dropped to 0-5.

The KIF’s second round begins on Saturday, April 15, with Kapa’a traveling to Waimea to face the Menehune. The first game of the doubleheader starts at 10 a.m.

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