Waimea crowned PONY champions

Waimea pitchers were also the team’s leading hitters in their 11-8 win over Lihu‘e for the PONY Baseball championship, Sunday in Waimea.

Steven Werner, who was credited with the win on the mound, paced the Waimea offense with a 3-6 showing in the box. Werner, according to the media recap supplied by PONY Baseball official Dondi Viquelia, had two singles, a 2-run home run with 4 RBI.

Bronson “Boinky” Hiraoka followed, igniting the crowd when he drove in two runs with his double. Hiraoka finished 2-6 and singled earlier in the game.

Kalama Resquer-Yorkman, the second pitcher for Waimea, was 2-8 with a single and a double while scoring three times. Camden Nakashima (2-6) rounded out the Waimea offense with a single and a double.

Werner picked up the win for Waimea on the mound, working through the final five innings. He allowed no runs, gave up eight hits and struck out three. Ioane Toyofuku started on the mound and through three innings, gave up four runs on four hits. He was followed by Resquer-Yorkman who had the middle six innings, giving up two runs on two hits while striking out one.

Brandon Scoval (2-3) led the Lihu‘e hitting with a single and a double with two RBI. He was followed by lead-off hitter Shea Shimabukuro (2-3) who had an RBI on two singles. Austin Oshiro (1-6) had two RBI on his triple. Hank Ibia Jr. (3-6) rounded out the hitting with three singles.

Ibia Jr. suffered the loss on the mound, going one inning, but giving up five runs on six hits in that long stint. Shea Shimabukuro started and worked five innings, giving up five runs on six hits while striking out six Waimea batters. Travis Koga followed for seven innings, allowing no runs on just one hit and striking out eight Waimea batters.

With the win in 13 innings, Waimea is the Kaua‘i PONY Baseball champion. Viquelia said an all-star team will be selected by the different team coaches with that All-Star PONY team representing Kaua‘i at the Regional Tournament July 12-16 in Hilo.

Team members include Bronson Hiraoka, Austin Parinas-Kenney, K.J. Morikawa, Camden Nakashima, Jordan Kitabayashi, Dylan Ishihara, Ioane Toyofuku, Kalama Resquer-Yorkman, Tanner Fernandez, Steven Werner and Chance Taala. Coaches are Grant Yorkman, Jon Nakashima, Shawn Yadao, Isaac Castillo and Guy Ishihara.

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