Lihu‘e out-hit Makaweli 19-14, but when the explosive hit-a-thon dust settled, Makaweli edged out Lihu‘e 16-12 in the first of two games played in the Americans of Japanese Ancestry baseball league.
Hanapepe came up with five hits and six runs in the opening inning en route to a 25-6 win over Waimea in Game 2 at Hanapepe Stadium Sunday.
Stanton Yoshimori (5-for-6) led the Lihu‘e bats in the opening game, finishing with five singles and an RBI.
Shane Sadamitsu (3-for-6) followed with a pair of RBI on three singles. Allen Mundone (1-for-2) finished with a home run and an RBI, and Curtis Matsumura (2-for-4) had a single and a double with two RBI. Bobby Texeira (2-for-4) had an RBI on a single and a double. Cory Sakai (2-for-5), singling and doubling, also had an RBI along with Darran Sakai (2-for-6) who finished with two singles. Cory Dotario rounded out the Lihu‘e bats with a single.
Makaweli catcher Brenden Heu continued to perform in the batter’s box, finishing the Indians’ effort with four RBI. Heu was 2-for-6 with a single and a double.
Mike Shimatsu (2-for-5) upped that effort with five RBI that came off a single and a home run. Ikaika Pezario (3-for-6), Sean Jardin (2-for-4) and Brad Chiba (1-for-3) all notched two RBI each for Makaweki. Pezario finished with a single, double and triple in his 3-for-6 showing while Jardin whacked a home run and a single in his 2-for-4 outing. Leighton Otoman (3-for-5) rounded out the drivers with an RBI. Jason Nakata singled to round out the Makaweli offense.
Kelly Robinson (4-for-6) paced Hanapepe with five RBI in their win. Devin Yamase (3-for-5), Mike Yaris (2-for-5), Kevin Suga (2-for-5) each pushed three RBI followed by Dean Nonaka (3-for-5), Justin Ganaden (3-for-6), Vince Nitta (3-for-5) and Troy Yamase (3-for-6) each driving two RBI each. Wendall Nonaka (2-for-4) and Keith Nonaka (1-for-2) rounded out the Rivermen bats with an RBI each.
Kelsey Morikawa (1-for-3), Brycen Nakashima (1-for-4) and Liko Pereira paced the Waimea bats with two RBI each.
Kailen Malama (1-for-3) and Ken Morikawa (1-for-1) each singled for Waimea.
Keith Nonaka picked up the win for Hanapepe on the mound, pitching four innings with no runs allowed while giving up just one hit, striking out five and walking two. Wendall Nonaka, pitching three innings, gave up five runs on three hits, striking out none and walking three.
Pereira suffered the loss for Waimea with 21 runs allowed on 27 hits while striking out seven and walking three.
Sunday’s games continue at Hanapepe Stadium with Kalaheo taking on Waimea in the opener starting at 10 a.m. That game will be followed by Hanapepe hosting Lihu‘e.