Menehune slide closer to the KIF title

WAIMEA — Two games, two different stories.

The Menehune baseball team erupted for 16 runs in the first game for the eventual 16-4 win in five innings.

However, the second game proved to be a pitcher’s duel between Waimea’s Brad Frasco and Kapa’a’s Travis Shigeta. In the end, though, the Menehune survived, thanks to a game-winning RBI double by Keith Nonaka in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Max Agor for the 2-1 triumph, yesterday at Waimea High School.

Waimea improved to 7-1 after winning its sixth straight contest on Saturday. The Warriors dropped to 0-7.

A crucial error by Kapa’a’s C.J. Jacinto enabled Agor to reach first, and after Brenden Hew’s single, Kelly Batis and Frasco were punched out, thus giving Nonaka the big at-bat with two outs.

Earlier in the contest, both defenses stiffened behind the pitching of both Frasco and Shigeta.

Waimea scored first on a Kapa’a throwing error, which allowed Agor to cross home plate. Agor was pinch-running for Hew, who reached on a walk.

Warrior hurler Shigeta helped himself out in the sixth inning with an RBI single, scoring Travis Nakamura, who reached on a single.

Kapa’a stranded a runner on third base in its half of the seventh, setting the stage for Nonaka’s game-clinching hit, for the 2-0 win.

Frasco, who confused Kapa’a batters throughout the game, picked up the win. In the meantime, Shigeta suffered the tough loss despite throwing a good game. In the first contest, Waimea utilized a balanced hitting attack, with Troy Yamase getting the victory on the mound. Jacinto was tabbed with the loss for the Warriors.

Kaua’i Interscholastic Federation baseball pitches its way to the Ron Martin Athletic Field in Kapa’a on Wednesday, with Kaua’i battling Kapa’a at 2:45 p.m.

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