Kaiser pitcher Tobby Inouye quieted Menehune bats in a rain-filled contest yesterday at Iron Maehara Stadium on Maui for the 10-3 win in first round action of the 2006 Wally Yonamine/HHSAA State Baseball Tournament.
Inouye shut down the potent Waimea offense, who could only muster up a few hits during the entire contest.
The 5’10” junior pitcher also struck out five Waimea batters.
Menehune catcher Brenden Hew was the only hitter to amass more than one hit for the KIF champions.
Hew slapped an RBI triple on his way to a 2-4 performance.
Mason Lorenzo and Isaac Castillo also paced the Menehune with a hit apiece.
On the mound, Kelly Batis took the loss for Waimea, giving up six runs on 10 hits.
Brad Frasco came in for five innings of relief for Batis.
Waimea drops to 11-2 on the season and moves into the consolation bracket.
The Menehune battle another Menehune (Moanalua) tomorrow at 10 a.m.
The game will be aired live on Kong AM570.
A Waimea win would put them in the consolation championship game on Saturday at 12 noon.
However, a loss would eliminate the Menehune from state tournament play.
• Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or email@example.com.