KAPA‘A — Cody Goias was doing a pretty good job on the mound until the errors caught up yesterday.
Capitalizing on 5 Kapa‘a miscues and 11 hits, Waimea pushed 2 runs in the sixth and added another 4 in the seventh en route to an 8-4 final at the Ron Martin field in Kapa‘a.
Goias started strong, taking out the first three Waimea batters in order, but stuttering in the second inning, Waimea broke the ice with two runs.
Keith Nonaka opened the frame with a triple to center-rightfield followed by Bradley Frasco slapping the ball between shortstop and leftfield to score Nonaka.
Cole Parongao, who finished 3-4, drove Frasco home on an infield fly.
But Kapa‘a came right back to answer the run as Tyler Hadley, drawing a walk to first, scored on an Aaron Villatora RBI grounder.
CJ Jacinto, singling after Hadley in the inning and represented the tying run, was left stranded for the 2-1 reading that stood until the sixth inning.
Mason Lorenzo, who went on to save the game for starting pitcher Frasco, scored on a Kelly Batis RBI double. Nonaka came up with an RBI by driving Batis home on a hard-hit single to Alan Kahaunaele for the 4-1 lead.
By that time, exhaustion caught up with Goias who hit Braxton Parongao in the seventh inning.
After Braxton scored on an RBI hit from Fatulele Taala to rightfield, Warrior coach relieved the tiring starter with CJ Jacinto.
Errors came into play as Nonaka drove two runs home before scoring on Frasco’s second RBI of the day.
Waimea started the final frame with Chris Kaiakapu who walked CJ Jacinto followed by Wesley Abalos getting a single and Villatora loading the bases with no outs after being hit by a pitch.
Kahai Nakano was poised to strike, but instead drew a walk to score CJ Jacinto. Everett Awong’s RBI single drove Abalos home. Kapa‘a’s final run came when Goias hit into a double play, but not before scoring Villatora for the final 8-4 math.
Kapa‘a finished the outing with 4 runs on 6 hits and 5 errors.
Frasco, the winning pitcher, gave up one run on four hits while walking three and striking out three.
With the win, Waimea improves to 2-2 and will host Kaua‘i (3-0) Saturday starting at 10 a.m.
Waimea will need to win the double-header to stay in the running for the first round. A split will keep Waimea in the running if Kapa‘a can take the Wednesday contest from Kaua‘i.
A Kaua‘i sweep will give them the first round title.
Anahola Joel Pahukula will broadcast the second game of the Saturday double-header starting from about 1 p.m. on KQNG AM570.