Aja Baseball – Kalaheo suffers first loss; Waimea leads, briefly

HANAPEPE — Kalaheo suffered its first loss of the season Sunday in the Americans of Japanese Ancestry baseball league.

Hanapepe capitalized off Kalaheo pitching, claiming 11 runs on just 3 hits, but gaining bases on 8 walks in the first inning en route to a 15-5 win. In Game 2, Waimea took a 2-1 lead over the Makaweli Indians before falling 9-7.

Mike Yaris (1-4) graced the win with a homerun in the third inning, finishing the day with 3 RBI for Hanapepe. Troy Yamase (3-4), Wendall Nonaka (2-4) and Devin Yamase (2-5) each tallied 2 RBI each for the Rivermen. Kevin Suga (1-3), Kelly Robinson (1-3) and Scott Yamase (1-4) each had an RBI with Justin Ganaden (1-4) rounding out the Hanapepe bats with a single.

Suga, going the distance for Hanapepe on the mound, held Kalaheo to just 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out three and walking nine.

Zoom Bukoski and Kainoa Santos shared the first inning, Bukoski giving up 7 runs on 3 hits while walking 5 Rivermen. Santos gave up another 4 runs on 4 hits while striking out three and walking three before being relieved by Kaleo Saiki who pitched four innings, giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out six and walking two.

Kaina McCallum (2-3) had a single and a double, driving two runs to lead the Kalaheo bats. Zoom Bukoski (1-3) and Saiki (1-4) each had an RBI. Santos (1-3) and Tuki McCallum (1-4) each singled.

Waimea lead-off hitter Kylen Malama, singling to leftfield, scored on a Kelsey Morikawa single to left to tie, and Mokikawa, scoring with two outs in the opening inning, gave Waimea a 2-1 lead that held until the third inning.

Makaweli, who opened with Brenden Heu scoring on a Mike Shimatsu RBI single to rightfield, picked up the pace in the third inning, scoring two runs in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth frames en route to its 9-7 win.

Heu, notching an RBI, paced Makaweli with a pair of doubles and a pair of singles with Ikaika Pezario (3-6) netting 2 RBI on three doubles. Shimatsu (2-4) finished with an RBI along with Trey Shimabukuro (1-3) and Leighton Otoman (1-6). Cody Dotario (1-5) notched 2 RBI in the win. Jason Nakata (1-1), Shea Shimabukuro (1-3) and Owen Koishigawa (1-1) rounded out the Makaweli bats which managed 15 hits in the win.

Morikawa (2-4), Liko Pereira (2-4) and Brayden Hiraoka (1-2) each finished with 2 RBI for Waimea. Ahren Kaneshiro (1-4) had an RBI with Ray Shirai (1-2) tripling and Malama (1-5) doubling.

Koishigawa, pitching five innings in closing, picked up the win with 4 runs allowed on 5 hits while striking out five and walking three.

Kaneshiro, going eight innings on the mound, suffered the loss with 8 runs allowed on 14 hits while striking out two and walking four.

Following Sunday’s final regular season games, Kalaheo clinched the AJA title with a 7-1 record followed by Hanapepe (5-3). Lihu‘e (4-4) and Makaweli (4-4) are tied for third with Waimea (0-8) rounding out the standings.

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