HONOLULU — The Kaua‘i High School baseball team’s run for the state championship was cut short yesterday in its first round loss to Kaiser High School, 2-1.
Jordan Buster pitched six innings, allowed six hits and two runs, one earned.
Kaiser’s Toby Inouye got the win, pitching all seven innings, allowing six hits, one run, striking out six batters.
The team’s only run came in the first inning. Center fielder Rysan Sakamoto singled to center for Kaua‘i’s first hit. Second baseman Andrew Renaud was up next and hit a sacrifice bunt to advance Sakamoto to second. He then advanced to third on a passed ball.
Aaron Soong, who was the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation’s leading hitter going into the tournament, doubled to center field for the team’s only RBI.
The Red Raiders (11-2) now go on to play the Falcons of Kalani High School (10-5) in the consolation round.