KIF places five on HHSAA all-stars

Kapa‘a Warriors, placing third with a 3-2 win over Lanai Saturday, finished the Division II Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association State Softball Championships by getting in just one more shot.

Jocelyn Enrique, the versatile Warrior player who normally starts at shortstop, but has the ability to work behind the plate, finished by being named to the HHSAA all-tournament team following the championship game Saturday night.

Enrique, who finished 3-3 including two homeruns with 4 RBIs in Kapa‘a’s 13-1 win over Nanakuli, and was 1-3 with a 2-RBI double in the Warriors’ 8-5 edge in the play-in game, was named to one of the infield positions.

She joins Red Raider standout Jessica Iwata, the Kaua‘i junior playing a solid shortstop through the KIF season and fills a key spot in the batting lineup. Iwata was also voted the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

Overall, the Kaua‘i teams fared well at the HHSAA state tournament, Kapa‘a advancing from a play-in situation to finish in third place.

Kaua‘i, top seeded in the tournament, held its own through five innings of play until a Britney Hagihara 2-RBI shot over third base ended Kaua‘i’s hopes for a state title.

Krystal Ijima, the only player in the KIF league to hit a cycle in the season, was named as an all-state catcher alongside Hagihara.

Wailana Borrero, who suffered the loss for second place, and Jaezelle Bailea, the perky outfielder who swings a solid bat, were named as pitcher and outfielder, respectively.

The Waimea High School boys volleyball team, who finished with a fifth place showing following its three-game win over Honokaa failed to place anyone on the Division II HHSAA Boys Volleyball all-tournament team.

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