HANAPEPE — The Makaweli Indians capitalized on Hanapepe pitcher Kevin Suga in the fifth inning en route to a 10-5 victory in the first of two games played in the Americans of Japanese Ancestry league Sunday at Hanapepe Stadium.
Kainoa Santos and Zoom Bukoski each drove in three runs to lead Kalaheo to a 12-7 win over Lihu‘e in the second contest.
Makaweli scored five runs in the fifth off hits from Leighton Otoman, Brenden Heu, Reid Tanita and Travis Shigeta after three walks issued by Suga.
Heu led the Makaweli bats with a 3-5 showing in the box and 3 RBI. Sean Jardin, who came up with a spectacular, sliding triple late in the game along, also had a homerun to finish 2-4 with 3 RBI. Brad Chiba (2-4) and Mike Shimatsu (1-3) also notched RBI.
Wendall Nonaka and Kelly Robinson each whack homeruns for Hanapepe.
Suga (1-2), Mason Lorenzo (1-4) and Michael Yaris (1-4) each chalked up RBI for the Rivermen.
Following Santos and Bukoski, Kalaheo got 2 RBI from Kaina McCallum (3-5), and an RBI each from Kaleo Saiki (2-5) and Dave Bukoski (1-4).
Going 3-5, Gerren Itamura led the Kalaheo bats with a pair of doubles and a single.
Darran Sakai (3-5), Allen Mundon (2-3) and Shane Sadamitsu (2-5) each notched RBI for Lihu‘e.
Saiki picked up the win for Kalaheo, allowing just one run in five innings on five hits, five strikeouts and a walk. Itamura and Miyasato pitched scoreless relief.
Mundon suffered the loss, allowing seven runs in 32/3 innings, surrendering 12 hits and two walks.
Sunday’s games remain at Hanapepe Stadium with Lihu‘e going up against Makaweli in the opener at 10 a.m., followed by Hanapepe hosting Waimea.