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Pride on the line in baseball finale

Waimea may have forked up the 2006 KIF baseball title, but three-time defending KIF champion Kaua‘i would like nothing better than to end the Menehune season on a sour note.

The boys in blue have not lost a game since March 25, a streak of seven straight contests, heading into today’s matchup against the Red Raiders.

However, according to coach Kelly Robinson, the Menehune still have a ton of things to work on before the state tournament on May 17-20.

Waimea also places a lot of emphasis on today’s contest because it might help them out when it comes to state seedings.

If the Menehune finish off their season with a win, it would improve their record to 11-1.

Waimea has received a boost from players off the bench in the last couple of weeks.

“Mad” Max Agor, probably one of the smallest players in the state, packs a big punch at the plate.

Agor, who was utilized mostly as a pinch-runner earlier in the season, is a terror in the batter’s box.

In the meantime, “Bully” Pancho took full advantage of his chance to play.

Menehune coaches now have a hard time keeping him off the field. His ability to hit the ball hard and keep a steady glove will give him more than enough opportunities at states on Maui.

The KIF baseball finale will be aired live on Kong AM570 at around 2:45 p.m. The contest will be played at Waimea High School.

• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or kauaisports@kauaipubco.com.

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