KAPA‘A — The Kawaihau Little League Yankees drove six runs in the first and added seven more in the second inning to take a 13-2 win over the Astros, Wednesday.
“The Cardinals already clinched the round with their win, Tuesday,” said Bryan Aiwohi, the Kawaihau Community Little League president, as he watched the action from beyond the centerfield fence.
But what is at stake is the second-place berth with the Yankees and the Devil Rays each sporting 2-loss records following the Yankees’ victory.
That second place could be determined tomorrow when the final games of the KCLL Majors takes place starting at 8 a.m. at the Main Diamond at the far end of the New Kapa‘a Ball Park.
In a rematch of the Wednesday afternoon contest, the Yankees will match up against the Astros in the 8 a.m. game.
That bout will be followed by the champion Cardinals going up against the Devil Rays starting at 10:30 a.m.
Bronson Aiwohi, who handled mound duties for the Yankees, had the heavy hand in the batter’s box, finishing 3-3 including a double in the opening frame, and scoring twice.
On the mound, Bronson finished with two runs allowed on four hits while striking out seven and walking a pair in three innings of work.
Following Bronson in hitting, Atta Vinhaca finished 2-3 including a 3-RBI triple in the second inning, and scoring twice. Duane Wakuta, Yankees’ first baseman, also finished 2-3 including a double in the second frame while scoring twice. Justyn Nagahisa, leadoff hitter, went 2-3 and scored twice, his second score coming after he got first on a walk.
Kenji Miyata and Kurtis Nagahisa finished with singles, each scoring once in the game that was called on the 10-run ruling after four innings.
Jeremiah Obero had the hot stick for the Astros, finishing with a 2-3 showing and scoring once. Daniel Reis, who finished on the mound for Reggie McCabe, got a single and a double in the third inning. McCabe, A.J. Cummings, and Morgan Childs each singled, Childs scoring the Astros’ second run in the third frame.
Aiwohi said the KCLL Minors all-stars will be heading to the regionals next week, and Kaua‘i will be host to the Majors’ state games starting July 6 at the New Kapa‘a Ball Park.
“This should be real exciting for the island,” he said. “There should be some good home run action at the state games.”