Kapa‘a scores 7 in second inning

Kapa‘a scored seven runs in the second inning en route to taking a 12-9 win over Waimea in the Kaua‘i PONY baseball league, Sunday.

The Kalawai orange-shirts rolled over Lihu‘e 2, 11-3 in the nightcap of the double-header at Vidinha, and in a single game at Hanapepe Stadium, Lihu‘e 1 keeps its undefeated record intact with a 7-2 win over the Hanapepe Cubs.

Lihu‘e 1 leads the league after the first round with a 6-0 record followed by Kalawai sitting at 5-1. Hanapepe’s loss to Lihu‘e 1 drops the Cubs to third place at 4-2.

Kapa‘a’s win puts them in fourth place at 3-3 followed by Waimea at 2-4. Kekaha (1-5) and Lihu‘e 2 (0-6) round out the standings.

In the Sunday opener, Waimea broke a 0-0 stalemate when Kai Ortiz got first on an error and scored on an RBI triple by Garret Beyer with no outs in the third inning.

Brian Ceballos, getting tagged on a second-to-first play, drove Beyer across the plate for the 2-0 bulge.

That was answered in the bottom of the frame when Nalu Akiona singled to leftfield to open. Bronson Aiwohi beat out a throw to firstbase and Akiona scored the first of seven runs in the frame that came at the expense of Waimea’s starting pitcher.

In that scoring flurry, Kapa‘a got two walks and a batter hit by a pitch. Strong bats by Kekoa Alfiler and Jakey Alves notched two RBI apiece for Kapa‘a.

But young arms get tired, and in the sixth and seventh innings, Waimea came back with three and four runs, respectively in the comeback effort.

Kapa‘a put the game out of touch in the seventh inning with four runs crossing the plate fueled by another two-RBI single to score Aiwohi and Mick Voigt.

Kapa‘a will host Lihu‘e 1 at the Kapa‘a New Ball Park, Kalawai travels to Waimea and Hanapepe wheels out to Kekaha today.

All games start at 4:15 p.m.

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