Where’d the ball go?
Kaua‘i High School’s Aaron Soong hit a two-run homer left over the 330-feet marker and into the bushes, in the fourth inning to highlight the afternoon as Red Raiders went on to defeat Kapa‘a High School yesterday 4-0. The right-handed junior center-fielder hit the first home run of the season.
Kaua‘i’s Jordan Leanio hit one RBI, earlier in the fourth. Then, with bases loaded, Kapa‘a’s pitcher Everette Awong walked Kaua‘i’s Blake Gingerich, to credit Gingerich with an RBI.
Kaua‘i took advantage of three Kapa‘a errors — two of them coming from pitcher Awong. It was these errors that cost Kapa‘a the runs.
Kaua‘i’s Jordan Buster posted a 6-inning shutout with no runs, five hits and five strike outs for the win. His fastest pitch was clocked at 78 miles per hour. Buster was relieved by Braden Balocan for the last inning.
Kapa‘a didn’t have an answer for Kaua‘i’s hits and pitching, but they were able to keep the Raiders from scoring any more after the fourth.
Awong was strapped with the loss, at 42/3 innings. Chandler Jacinto who came in to relieve him for 11/2 innings had no runs and no hits.
Kaua‘i’s biggest hitter for the afternoon was Rysan Sakamoto who was 2-for-4.
Kapa‘a had several hitters go 1-for-3, including Kahai Nakano, Cody Goias and Alan Kahuanaele. Tyler Hadley, who hit a double, was only 1-for-2.
Kaua‘i (6-0) ended Round 1 of the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation season, undefeated. Round 2 of KIF play starts next week.