Ephan conks 4 homers in Menehune wins

Waimea catcher Taylor “Kawehi” Ephan conked four home runs to lead the Menehune to 21-2 and 17-6 wins over Kapa‘a High School Saturday at Waimea Canyon Park.

Ephan’s bat sang twice in the first game and twice more in the second game, the catcher going on to score four times in the first game and three times in the nightcap.

In addition to her four home runs, Ephan also whacked in a double, walked twice (in Game 1) and had a sacrifice fly in the second game, finishing the game with six runs batted in during Game 2 and a pair of runs crossing on her bat in Game 1.

Krysta Kali helped the cause, banging two home runs in Game 1 along with a single and scored twice, continuing the fireworks in Game 2 where she scored four times and finished with two singles and a doubles. She marked eight RBIs in Game 1 and added two more in Game 2.

Gaylan “Ulu” Matagiese, Waimea centerfielder, also conked a home run in Game 2 and scored three times, finishing the outing with a pair of singles in addition to the homer and sacrificing once with a pair of runs batted in.

Cassandra Dupree, playing left field, marked a three-run homer in Game 2, finishing with a single and a double with four runs batted in and scoring once.

Overall, Waimea marked 13 hits for its 21 runs in Game 1, including the two Kali homers, both three-run affairs, and the pair of Ephan homers, both solo shots, and added another 18 hits for its 17 runs in Game 2.

Kapa‘a runs in Game 1 came in the first and fifth innings, with Ka‘anoi Marshall walking first in the opening frame and scoring on a Ta‘ashi Napoleon-generated error in left field.

Kalia Kaui walked in the fifth frame to open and scored on an RBI single by Kristen Yam to right field.

The Warriors marked six runs in Game 2, Aliyah Cummings starting things with a double in the first inning and scored on an RBI single by Napoleon to leftfield. Kaui, walking first, scored on a walk issued to Ariel Cummings with two outs.

Kapa‘a marked four runs in the third inning, with Napoleon walking first with one out and scoring on a walk issued to Ariel Cummings.

Reggie McCabe, getting aboard on a fielder’s choice, scored on a Chassidy Dabin fielder’s choice followed by Yam, also getting first on a fielder’s choice, crossing on a walk to Jordan Lopez with the scorebook still showing one out. Ariel Cummings scored on a Menehune miscue.

Overall, Kapa‘a marked two hits in Game 1, Yam getting both singles, one coming in the second inning and the other in the fifth frame — an RBI affair to right.

Kapa‘a marked six hits in Game 2, led by Aliyah Cummings with a double and a single, Kaui nailing a double to left-center, Napoleon lacing a pair of singles — once in the first inning and the other in the fourth frame — and Reggie McCabe rounding out the hitting on a first inning single.

Waimea enjoys a bye on Wednesday when the Warriors host Kaua‘i High School in a single game starting at 3:30 p.m. at the school’s new softball field.

Normally, the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation softball Wednesday games are played starting at 5:30 p.m. But because the lights are not installed at the new Kapa‘a field, Greg Gonsalves, the school’s athletic director, said the games will be played in the afternoon.

• Dennis Fujimoto can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 253) or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.


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