Kapa‘a upsets No. 2 Farrington, Kaua‘i beats Waialua

Kapa‘a 2, Farrington 0

Melina Obar allowed only four hits and Kapa‘a High School’s softball team upset No. 2 Farrington High School, 2-0, last night in the DataHouse/Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II State Softball Championships at the Central O‘ahu Regional Park.

The Warriors have now won three straight in the tournament, starting with their play-in game against Moloka‘i High School. They now improve to 8-8 and advance to the semifinals to play fellow unranked team Pac-Five at the 3 p.m. today at the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Pac-Five won its quarterfinal game against third-ranked Kohala High School, 2-1, yesterday.

Kapa‘a got a one-run lead in the third inning and held it until the seventh, when the Warriors scored again,

Hanalei Gomes finished 1-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Jocelyn Enrique finished with an RBI.

For Farrington, Punipuao Tui received the loss, but was the leading hitter for the Governors, finishing 2-for-3.

Kaua‘i 8, Waialua 1

Jessica Iwata hit a two-run home run yesterday and top-ranked Kaua‘i High School defeated Waialua High School 8-1

Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation player of the year Wailana Borrero pitched all seven innings, allowing three hits and striking out eight. Borrero also finished 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

Krystal Ijima went-2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. Iwata finished 2-for-4 with a triple, a home run, three RBI and two runs scored.

“It was nerve-racking in the beginning,” said Kaua‘i head coach Darrell Borrero. “We scored the first run and then they tied us (in the third inning.) But then our bats woke up.”

The Raiders (12-1) went on to score two runs in the third, another in the fourth and four in the sixth.

Waialua pitcher Marissa Keao was the losing pit cher, but posted six strikeouts.

For the Bulldogs, Keao finished 1-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Althia Dicion scored their only run and finished 2-for-4.

The Raiders now go on to the semifinals to play No. 4 Lana‘i High School at 1 p.m. today at the University of Hawai‘i Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

Lana‘i won its quarterfinal match, 3-2, over Kaiser High School.

Wins from both KIF teams will lead to a Kapa‘a/Kaua‘i state final. It will be the first time two KIF teams will face each other in a state final.


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