LIHU‘E — Hanama‘ulu Angels’ head coach Peter Rayno switched the coaches’ boxes in the fifth inning Wednesday.
“Gotta change the rhythm,” he told the dugout. “Gotta do something.”
Despite the dramatic move, Kapa‘a went on to capitalize on the Hanama‘ulu offensive and defensive miscues to leave Vidinha Stadium with a 2-0 win.
“The boys are going home happy tonight,” one of the Kapa‘a grandmothers said following the last out of the Pony baseball contest. “They don’t win too many games, so this should make them happy.”
Both teams started out in a defensive slugfest before Kapa‘a’s James Padre got first off an Angel error.
Padre broke the 0-0 deadlock in the fourth inning as Kapa‘a brought in Tanner Shigeta who boomed a long RBI single to the outfield that coupled with another Hanama‘ulu mistake, moving Shigeta to secondbase in the process.
Kapa‘a added another run in the fifth inning as their pitcher Braden Kamibayashi got aboard after being hit by a pitch and went on to score on a hit by Wes Moniz.
It was at this point that Rayno made his move, but the effort fell short as Hanama‘ulu, faced with several scoring opportunities, could not close the door.
Kamibayashi went the distance for the Kapa‘a win while Adonis Bautista, also pitching the entire game, suffered the loss.
With the win, Kapa‘a enjoys a bye tomorrow when action moves to the Koloa and Kalawai fields.
Hanama‘ulu faces Kalawai in a sole game starting at 10 a.m. in Kalawai Park while over in Koloa, Lihu‘e will open against Kekaha starting at 10 a.m.
The finale will feature Koloa hosting Waimea starting at approximately 12:45 p.m.