Puna Hanohano and Jamen Albarado combined for fives in Lihu‘e’s 15-2 win over Waimea, Wednesday afternoon in PONY Baseball.
Hanohano, who finished 3-4, whacked a 3-run homer en route to netting four RBI in the contest. Albarado, 3-5 in the batter’s box, cranked a 2-run homer en route to a 4-RBI batting performance.
The Lihu‘e win sets the stage for a Sunday showdown between the two teams. That game will be played at the Waimea field starting at 10 a.m.
According to PONY Baseball arbitrator, the coaches first decided to play at Kalawai as the neutral field, but Lihu‘e, who won the coin flip, decided they wanted to play in Wamea. Lihu‘e will be the home team.
Lihu‘e opened up the fireworks in the fourth inning with four runs and iced the victory in the sixth inning with 9 runs.
The four-run fourth pulled Lihu‘e from a 1-0 deficit, and Waimea could only answer with another run in the fifth.
The blackshirts piled up their 15 runs on 13 hits while committing one error compared to Waimea’s two runs on four hits and six miscues.
Travis Koga, 2-3, led the Lihu‘e bats with a single, triple and sac fly for three RBI.
Austin Oshiro rounded out the Lihu‘e hitting leaders with a perfect 3-3 and one stolen base.
K.J. Morikawa topped the Waimea bats with a perfect 1-1 showing, a single, with one RBI. Dylan Ishihara, 1-3, singled. Steven Werner, taking the loss for Waimea on the mound, was 1-4 with a double, and Ioane Toyofuku, 1-2, singled.
Travis Koga picked up the win for Lihu‘e with six strikeouts while Werner chalked up seven Ks in his effort.