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Kaua‘i bats blossomed in the warm weather as Daeja Cummings, Ka‘a La‘amea and Karlyee Malapit each hit two home runs to lead the Kaua‘i High School softball team to 13-3 and 11-1 wins over Kapa‘a High School on Saturday at Isenberg Park.
Kaua‘i got its 13 runs on nine hits, including the three homers in the first game with one run coming across on a Kapa‘a miscue.
The Raiders lost little time getting on the board, posting seven runs on five hits, including La‘amea’s two-run homer and Waipa’s two-run homer, Kyana Hirokane singling to drive Janessa Maghanoy, walking first, home followed by Kirra Jaquias, also walking first, scoring on a wild pitch.
Hirokane scored on Cummings’ homer for an early 4-0 bulge with no outs.
Karlyee Malapit and Khaya Bunao both singled with one away before Waipa drove Bunao across the plate for the first inning scoring.
Kaua‘i added another five runs in the second inning and capped the game when the 13th run scored on a Jaquias RBI single in the fifth.
Kapa‘a picked up a run in the second inning when Ariel Cummings marked an RBI-single to second base, scoring Eryka Keoho who singled first.
The Warriors pushed two runs across in the fifth inning when Ariel Cummings got aboard after being hit by a pitch and scored on Ta’ashi Napoleon’s RBI-triple to right-centerfield, Napoleon going on to score when Reggie McCabe hit into an RBI-single to second base with two outs.
Napoleon led the Kapa‘a bats in the opener, her triple leading the six hits marked by the Warriors, with Aliyah Cummings singling along with Ariel Cummings, McCabe, and Keoho.
Kaua‘i bats marked eight hits in the Game 2 win, including homers from La‘amea, Daeja Cummings and two from Malapit.
Kaua‘i opened the scorebooks in explosive style in the second inning when La‘amea and Daeja Cummings hit back-to-back homers to open the frame. Bunao doubled, stole third base and scored on an RBI-double by Maghanoy with two outs before the inning closed.
La‘amea singled with one away in the third and crossed on a two-run homer by Malapit nailing her first of two home runs the second, a solo affair, coming in the fifth inning.
Kapa‘a had a 1-0 lead following the first inning when it scored one run on three hits, including a double by Ariel Cummings who scored on an RBI single by Napoleon, the Warriors finishing with six hits, but only pushing one run home.
Ariel Cummings doubled followed by Aliyah Cummings, Kalia Kaui, Napoleon, Chassidy Dabin, and Kristen Yam singled.
The double-win completes the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation softball season which was taken by the Waimea Menehune who will advance to the Data House Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II state championships May 2 through May 5 at Central O‘ahu Regional Park and the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
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