Kapa‘a opens Round 2

with another split

by Dennis Fujimoto – the garden island

KAPA‘A — Travis, or Tanner?

That was the question that went to Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation arbitrator in the bottom of the seventh in Game 1 Saturday.

Travis Shigeta was ruled pinch-hitting for Tanner Shigeta and allowed the hit to start the inning for Kapa‘a.

Travis went on to score with two outs to break a 6-6 stalemate to give Kapa‘a the 7-6 edge in Game 1.

But Waimea came back with bats swinging in Game 2 to take a 12-3 redemption, breaking the ice with 4 runs in the second inning en route to the win.

Glenn Mickens, the KIF scorekeeper, said Kapa‘a had several opportunities to get ahead in Game 2, but couldn’t capitalize on the windows.

Travis Shigeta advanced after two outs followed in the bottom of the seventh in Game 1 after Cody Goias was intentionally walked.

That set the stage for Alan Kahaunaele to bang Travis across the plate for the win.

Goias, clearly showing his control early in the game, was credited with the win for Kapa‘a. Goias went the distance allowing 6 runs, 4 earned, on 7 Waimea hits while striking out 6 and walking three.

Reggie Vigilia suffered the loss for Waimea, allowing 7 runs, 3 earned, on 8 hits with no strikeouts and just two walks.

In Game 2, Waimea went to Kelly Batis who picked up the win with 3 runs allowed on 8 hits with 6 strikeouts and a walk.

Kapa‘a, on the other hand, went through four pitchers to finish the game. Everett Awong started with Travis Shigeta, CJ Jacinto and Travis Nakamura each taking turns on the mound.

Waimea started early with Allen Pancho and Paul Correa opening the second inning scoring with two outs. A Vigilia 2-RBI double brought both runners home.

Broc Santiago drew a walk before Max Agor drove Vigilia across the plate. Mason Lorenzo followed to drive Santiago home to finish the frame.

But the Menehune never looked back. Agor (3-5) and Keith Nonaka (3-5) topped the Waimea hitting with 2 RBI apiece. Lorenzo (2-3) had an RBI and Batis (4-5), Pancho, Correa and Vigilia each had hits.

Travis Nakamura (2-3) scored along with Kahai Nakano (1-2) and Goias (2-4). Nakano and Awong each finished with RBI for Kapa‘a.

Like the KIF opener, March 10, the second round begins with a split to give heavy bearing to the Wednesday contest when Kaua‘i travels to the Waimea athletic field for a single game starting at 2:45 p.m.

Anahola Joel Pahukula will be doing the live play-by-play on KQNG AM570 starting at approximately 2:35 p.m.


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