The first place Menehune (7-1 over-all, 2-0 second round) have already wrapped up the KIF’s first round baseball title and with two more wins this past Saturday to start the second round, Waimea is definitely putting the pressure on both Kapa’a (0-7 overall, 0-2 second round) and Kaua’i (3-2 overall, 0-0 second round).
Both teams battle today at 2:45 p.m. in Kapa’a at the Ron Martin Athletic Field.
The Red Raiders, who are the three-time defending KIF champions need a win to remain in the hunt for a fourth consecutive state berth.
But this is a bigger contest for the Warriors, who would be nearly out of title contention with a loss today.
Kapa’a has shown signs of brilliance against both the Red Raiders and Menehune.
In the second game of the double-header on Saturday against the Menehune, the Warriors nearly pulled out the win, but once again, costly mistakes held them back from breaking through with a victory.
Kaua’i and Waimea are evenly matched and both teams will get another shot against each other on Saturday at the Vidinha Stadium Ballpark.
The first game of the double dip begins at 10 a.m.
This year’s HHSAA State Baseball Tournament is being held at Iron Maehara Stadium on Maui, from May 17-20.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.