LIHU‘E — The Hanama‘ulu Angels came up with two runs in the seventh inning Sunday, but lost to the Waimea Jays, 12-5.
Aggressive Hanama‘ulu base running dominated the final frame as Kyle Nuivo started the fireworks by beating the throw to second on a steal. But before the dust could settle, Nuivo rabbited to third on another steal, and scored on the ensuing throwout attempt.
Clifton Mission followed with a steal of second, and scored on an RBI by Garren Balagat to centerfield for the final arithmetic.
Hanama‘ulu started out with a 3-0 lead before the Jays brought Alex Palacio to the mound where he kept the Angels at bay while Jays’ bats erased their 3-0 deficit, and built a 9-3 lead by the sixth inning.
Dillon Ishihara stole second and scored on an RBI single by Skyler Fernandez in the sixth to give the Jays a 10-3 lead. Fernandez advanced to second on a wild pitch and crossed the plate on a Palacio infield blooper that was misplayed on a throw to first. That play advanced Palacio to second, with the pitcher scoring on a wild pitch for the 12-3 reading.
The Sunday action announces the arrival of the Pony league program as two games were played including the Angels-Jays matchup at Vidinha Stadium.
On Wednesday, the Angels take the field at Vidinha Stadium for a matchup against Lihu‘e starting at 4:15 p.m.
The victorious Jays will be in action Wednesday as well as they take on Kalawai at Hanapepe Stadium with the first pitch also going at 4:15 p.m.
According the Jays’ coaching staff, there are seven teams in the Pony program including Waimea (Jays), Hanama‘ulu (Angels), Lihu‘e, Koloa, Kalawai, Kekaha, and Kapa‘a.
Dondi Viquelia serves as the commissioner for the league.