Kalaheo plays football on the diamond

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Is it football, or is it baseball?

With a final score resembling a football game, the Kalaheo Kaneshiro Farmers exploded for 16 runs in the first two innings, including a grand slam from Kaleo Saiki in the second, en route to a 28-6 pelting of newcomer Waimea in the opening game of AJA Baseball Sunday.

The Lihu‘e Builders continued to bring in lumber as Mikey Cardinez led Lihu‘e with three hits and two RBI in a 13-8 edge over the Hanapepe Rivermen in the second game of the Sunday double-header.

Trailing 2-1 after two innings, Lihu‘e took the lead in the third with three runs from Darren Sakai, Cardinez and Shane Sadamitsu.

Facing an 8-3 deficit after six, Hanapepe erupted for five runs in the seventh to tie the game 8-8 before Lihu‘e scored two in the eighth and three in the ninth to ice the win, on the strength of 16 hits.

Stanton Yoshimori (3-5), Cardinez (3-6), Allan Mundon (2-4) and Aaron Adachi (3-4) paced Lihu‘e with 2-RBI each. Adachi had a double as well.

Curtis Sadamitsu (1-2) and Darren Sakai (2-4) each had an RBI. Cory Sakai (2-1) and Curtis Matsumura (1-1) rounded out the Lihu‘e hitting with singles.

Kevin Suga had the big bat for Hanapepe, finishing with three RBI on one single. Troy Yamase (1-5) doubled to drive in two runs. Kelly Robinson (2-3), Michael Yaris (1-2) and Dan Tanimoto (0-2) had an RBI each to lead the Rivermen bats.

Mason Lorenzo (1-2), Wendall Nonaka (1-3), Brandon Hashimoto (1-2), Vince Nitta (1-1) and Scott Yamase (1-2) all singled for Hanapepe.

Earlier, Zoom Bukoski (4-6) and Saiki led Kalaheo. Zoom drove home five runs on a double and three singles and Saiki nailed the grand slam.

Keola McCallum (4-5) batted four runs in, Kainoa Santos (3-4) added three and Gerren Itamura (3-4) and Brandon Ishibashi (1-6) each plated two.

David Bukoski (1-3), Egan Kouchi (1-3), Duane Miyasato (1-2), Kendrick Caspillo (1-3), Jake Oketani (2-2), Troy Kaneshiro (3-3) and Kaina McCallum (2-4) each drove in a run.

Marcus Oketani (1-3) singled to round out the Kalaheo hitting leaders. The defending AJA island champions finished with 30 hits.

Kevin Ephan (1-3) led the Waimea hitters with three RBI. Steven Werner (1-3), Kelsey Morikawa (1-3) and Kelii Shigematsu (0-3) helped with an RBI each.

Liko Pereira, who suffered the loss on the mound, finished 2-4 from the plate. Dylan Ishihara (1-4), Ian Imamura (1-4) and Kalani Fernandez (1-1) all singled. Kailen Malama (1-2) doubled for the Rivermen.

Games continue Sunday at Vidinha Stadium at 10 a.m.

Makaweli takes on Lihu‘e in the opening game with Waimea going up against Hanapepe in the afternoon matchup.

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