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Lihue baseball winds down

LIHU‘E — The Lihu‘e Baseball League’s season is quickly winding down with the Rangers leading the bronco division.

Coached by Craig Koga, the team is closing in on the championship with a crucial game against the Rockies on Saturday at the Lihu‘e Baseball Field, near the Kaua‘i War Memorial Convention Hall.

“Travis Koga is the stud of the league. He’s a man amongst boys,” Rockies coach Jimmy Tokioka said.

The Rockies, who turned a rare triple play in the late afternoon contest, were victorious yesterday, 11-4 over the Mariners, .

“It was a pretty close game,” Tokioka said.

The Mariners jumped out to a 1-0 lead, thanks to an RBI single from Brian Haz, scoring Matthew Ebueng.

But the Rockies stormed back for seven unanswered runs, thanks to RBI’s from Pono Tokioka, Kekoa Kashima, Mason Manera, and Shane Iwata. Iwata, Archie Vallantini, and Kellen Aquino crossed the plate for the Rockies.

In the third inning, Ebueng scored on a suicide squeeze and Beau Kohatsu slapped an RBI single, scoring Mana Wilson, closing the gap to 7-3.

The Rockies were able to punch in a few more runs, while managing to limit the Mariners to only one more run the rest of the way.

Texeira picked up the win with a masterful performance on the mound for the Rockies. Michael Curnan suffered the loss for the Mariners.

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

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