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Kawaihau schools the Rookies

‘ELE‘ELE — Karl Forer couldn’t stop talking about his team’s 10-9 upset win in extra innings over the Rookies yesterday at ‘Ele‘ele Ballpark.

“Dog bites man, that’s not news, but Kawaihau beating the Rookies, now that’s news,” the Kawaihau third baseman said.

Forer had good reason to gloat because he was the hero of the contest, knocking in the game-winning run in the extra frame.

“Considering our record (3-17), it was a big win,” Forer said.

Forer picked up a couple of hits and teammate Chuck Cecil turned went 2 for 4 at the plate.

“We had a seven-run inning with three straight triples, which is extremely rare for us,” Cecil said.

Ahead by two runs heading into the last inning, Kawaihau relinquished the lead in the final frame, but Forer’s big hit in the extra inning preserved the victory.

“We had an extra beer,” Forer said. “That’s how we celebrated.”

Even his wife, Rachel chimed in with some words of wisdom.

“Barry Bonds is on steroids, Kawaihau’s on beer,” she said.

In earlier action yesterday, K-Makule picked up a couple of wins, a forfeit over East Kaua‘i and a 16-4 triumph against Kuku’s Aces.

Guy Ruiz (3 hits, 1 HR), Gordon Arakaki (3 hits) and Lefty Remata (2 hits) paced K-Makule at the plate.

Ben Pescador (3 hits), John Ochoco (2 hits) and Kuku DeCosta (2 hits) led Kuku’s.

Dwight Fujii (2 hits, 1 HR) and Tomoo Hiranaka (2 hits, 1 RBI) helped out in the league-leading Lihu‘e A’s the 9-1 romp over West Kaua‘i.

Bernard Mauhiki (3 hits) and Frank Bukoski (2 hits) cranked away at the plate to lead West Kaua‘i’s efforts. Ochoco served as the day’s announcer.

The Seniors continue play on Saturday at ‘Ele‘ele Ballpark. The following Saturday, June 24, the games switch to Kapa‘a Ballpark. The season finale is set for July 1 at Wailua Houselots Park.

The 2006 Hawai‘i State Senior Softball Championships are on tap from August 8 to 10 on Maui. All Kaua‘i teams are expected to take part in the tournament.

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


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