Kaua‘i escapes fifth inning rally

WAIMEA — Aaron Soong called it. While at the McDonald’s in Lihu‘e grabbing a bite to eat before practice on Tuesday, Kaua‘i High School’s left fielder predicted they would beat Waimea High School. The Red Raiders won yesterday, 11-6.

Could he have foreseen that lead-off batter Ryson Sakamoto would get them going to a good start? Or that Trent Allianic would hit a 3 RBI double to right center? Or that he would eventually finish the game 3 for 5 and 3 RBI?

Probably not. What he most likely didn’t see coming was the 6-run surge Waimea enjoyed in the fifth inning.

By that time, Kaua‘i was already up 9 runs and was poised to end the game early. But at the bottom of the fifth, Broc Santiago got a base hit. Then came Max Agor who also got a base hit. A wild pitch by Jordan Buster got away from catcher Jahga Calves to advance Santiago and Agor.

Mason Lorenzo hit an RBI single, scoring Santiago. Right after that, Buster got pulled and replaced by Braden Balocan. The change, however, didn’t prove to be much help, as Kelly Batis also posts an RBI to score Agor.

Lorenzo would score next. Jerold Watanabe, who was pinch running for Batis, would also score, but not before Kaua‘i made another pitcher change in the same inning. Andrew Renaud came in to relieve Balocan. Rounding out the scoring for the Menehune were Bradley Frasco and Layne Fernandez.

Kaua‘i would rebound from that by scoring Trent Allianic and Darren Lapitan at the top of the sixth. Allianic closed out the game, coming in for Renaud.

Both teams would scoreless for the rest of the game.

Buster was awarded the win, having pitched 41/3 innings. Frasco took the loss for Waimea. Sakamoto finished with 3 hits and Jonathan Gebauer went 3 for 3.

Waimea’s Agor was 3 for 5.

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