Kaua’i has won the last three KIF titles, but Waimea is a few games away from snapping the streak. Today’s doubleheader plays a big part in the standings, with the two top KIF squads battling at Vidinha Stadium, starting at 10 a.m.
On March 25, the Red Raiders and Menehune spilt a pair at Waimea High School.
The westsiders opened up with a 7-6 win, thanks to a game-winning RBI single by Braden Hiraoka.
Then in the second game, Kaua’i ran out to a 6-1 lead early on, which led to the eventual 8-3 victory.
At that point, the two squads were neck and neck, until their next confrontation on April 5.
With the score tied at four in the sixth inning, senior thirdbaseman Isaac Castillo, who’s considered by many as one of the top prep prospects in the state, slammed a two-out RBI double, which gave the Menehune the lead for good.
Reggie Vigilia added an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI double, scoring Brad Frasco for the 6-4 final.
Kelly Batis quieted Red Raider bats from the fourth inning on, for the complete game win.
The first round champion Menehune are 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the second round. In the meantime, Kaua’i is 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the second round.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org.