Kapa‘a High School girls softball plays tomorrow for a chance at the state tournament while Kaua‘i High School draws an opening round bye Wednesday.
According to seeding information from the Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association, Kapa‘a (4-8) will be up against Moloka‘i (4-12) in a play-in game starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Radford.
The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion Kaua‘i Raiders (11-1) drew top seed for the Division II bracket and enjoys a bye when the Data House State Softball Championships open Wednesday.
Under the helm of coach Darrell Borrero, the Raiders finished last year’s state championships in second place after dropping to Sacred Hearts in the finals.
But a year has passed and the Raiders have been challenged by the Kapa‘a squad who handed the Raiders its only loss in the season.
Kapa‘a now gets tested as its freshman pitcher Malina Obar and powerful Jocelyn Enrique lead the Warriors against Molokai for an opportunity to advance in the Division II state championships.
Wailana Borrero has matured on the mound and Jessica Iwata combines her hitting and speed on the base paths. Both juniors are complemented by catcher Krystal Ijima who, in the KIF title game at Waimea, hit a cycle.
Kaua‘i’s first game is Thursday at the Central O‘ahu Regional Park.
Albert Soto was at the helm when Waimea High School earned the only softball title for Kaua‘i in 1990. There have been no Kaua‘i teams in the title berth since Division II play started in 2004.