Kalaheo, Lihu‘e pick up wins in AJA

HANAPEPE — Brenden Heu banged a homerun for Makaweli, but the effort fell short against the Kalaheo arsenal of batters Sunday.

Kalaheo, who claimed the title for the Americans of Japanese Ancestry baseball league last week, continued its winning ways with a 6-3 win over Makaweli in the second of two games played at the Hanapepe Stadium.

Earlier in the day, Lihu‘e came up with a 7-6 edge over the Waimea Tsunami when Scott Ebesu, singling in the ninth, crossed the plate for the go-ahead run on a walk to Darran Sakai.

Following Ebesu’s single, Lihu‘e picked up a walk to Cory Dotario. A single from Stanton Yoshimori poised Ebesu at third before the walk to Sakai broke the 6-6 stalemate for the win with one away.

In the win, Lihu‘e picked up 7 runs on 13 hits while Waimea got their 6 runs on 9 hits led by Ahren Kaneshiro who finished 2-for-3 with an RBI on a single and a double.

Kelsey Morikawa(1-5) and Kylan Malama (1-5) each doubled for Waimea. Liko Pereira (2-3) had an RBI on his two singles. Ian Imamura (1-2) had an RBI along with Dylan Ishihara (1-5) and Ken Morikawa (1-3).

Lihu‘e bats were led by Curtis Sadamitsu who finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. Darran Sakai (1-4) had 2 RBI and Isaa Horner (1-3) and Bobby Texeira (1-5) had an RBI each. Ebesu (2-3), Mikey Cardinez (2-4) and Yoshimori (2-6) each finished with two singles.

Lihu‘e used a total of seven pitchers to take the win with Barry Kawamura being credited for the victory with no runs on no hits with a strikeout and no walks in his single inning performance.

Pereira suffered the loss with a run scored on two hits while striking out one and walking two in his single inning performance.

Kalaheo came up with three runs in the third inning to erase a 1-0 deficit and take the lead en route to its 6-3 win over Makaweli.

Kainoa Santos (3-5) had an RBI to lead the Kalaheo hitters who finished with 11 hits. Kaleo Saiki (1-3) doubled and had 2 RBI, Zoom Bukoski (1-4) also doubled for an RBI. Brandon Ishibashi (1-4) and Kaina McCallum (1-5) each singled and had an RBI each.

Heu (2-5) led the Makaweli bats with a double and a homerun with 2 RBI. Sean Jardin (2-4) had an RBI on two singles. Kainoa Pezario (1-5) and Scott Shimabukuro (1-2) each singled for the Indians.

Santos was credited with the win on the mound for Kalaheo, allowing no runs on no hits while striking out two and walking two in his two-inning tenure.

Jason Nakata, going the distance, suffered the loss with four runs allowed on 11 hits while striking out five and walking an equal number of batters.

Sunday is the final regular season game for AJA baseball at Hanapepe Stadium before the playoffs on Mar. 18.

Hanapepe hosts Kalaheo in the opening game starting at 10 a.m. followed by Makaweli taking on Waimea in the afternoon game.

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