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LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i High School pushed three runs on two hits in the sixth inning to clinch a 10-0 shutout over Kapa‘a Wednesday evening at Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e.
Courtney “Ka‘a” La‘amea picked up the win on the mound, giving up no runs and holding Kapa‘a to just three hits while striking out three and walking three Warrior batters.
Offensively, Kaua‘i scattered runs in each inning, capping the win in the sixth inning on the 10-run ruling with three runs crossing. Overall, the Red Raiders whacked seven hits.
The win comes on the heels of a split against Waimea Saturday, when Kaua‘i rebounded from an opening 11-1 loss to hand the Menehune its first season loss, 10-7, in the nightcap at Waimea Canyon Park.
Kyana Hirokane and Kiana Pagado led the Red Raider offense at Isenberg, Hirokane ending with a single in the fourth inning, a bunt single in the sixth inning with two Runs Batted In and scoring once.
Pagador, scoring once, marked singles in the fifth and sixth frames with an RBI.
Catcher Tammie Yoshimori doubled in the fourth, and scored once in the sixth frame, getting aboard on a fielder’s choice to load the bases with no outs, and scoring on Pagador’s RBI single to end the game.
Kailee Nii marked singles in the third and sixth frames, and La‘amea helped herself in the batter’s box with a single in the third.
Jenessa Maghanoy-Louis, playing the outfield, got aboard on a walk in the second and a Kapa‘a error in the fourth, scoring in the second on a Warrior miscue and crossing the plate in the fourth on a Hirokane RBI single.
Kayrlee Malapit, playing third base, scored three times, walking first in the opening inning, advancing to third base on a wild pitch and an error, and scoring off another miscue, which put Yoshimori on base. She marked her second score in the third frame after being hit by a pitch to get aboard, advancing to third on a Warrior error and passed ball before scoring on a Nii single. Her third score, after walking first in the sixth, also came off Nii’s bat.
Aleigha “Red” Scovel got aboard on walks in the fourth and fifth frames, scoring on a Hirokane RBI single in the fourth and crossing on a wild pitch in the fifth.
Kaua‘i closed the door on the win in the sixth inning when Malapit walked followed by Hirokane beating out the bunt to first and Yoshimori getting first on a fielder’s choice to load the pads.
Nii marked her second single of the night, two runs crossing. A sacrifice bunt gave Kapa‘a its first out of the frame before Pagador pushed Yoshimori home on her RBI single to end the match.
Kapa‘a had its moments, but could not sustain the drives, Kaui, suffering the loss with 10 runs allowed on seven hits, struck out three Raider batters, but gave up six walks and hit one batter.
Kaui opened strong, striking out the first two Kaua‘i batters, but could not get out of the inning unscathed, following the back-to-back strikeouts with back-to-back walks.
Coupled with a Kapa‘a miscue, Kaua‘i pushed Malapit, getting the first walk, across the plate. Nii walked to load the bases before Kapa‘a closed the door leaving three Raiders stranded.
The Warriors had their its to shine, La‘amea walking Carvalho-Toloai to open the second inning, but following a fly-out and strikeout, could not push Carvalho-Toloai home on a Kaua‘i error. The third out followed leaving two Warriors stuck.
Another Kaua‘i error got Anuhea Huddy aboard in the third with one away, but was left stranded when the next two batters were put away in order.
Kapa‘a got another opportunity in the fifth inning when La‘amea walked Aliyah Cummings and Huddy in order with two outs, but the third out, an infield fly to secondbase, left two stranded.
Warrior bats were led by Carvalho-Toloai singling in the sixth, Kelsie Gorospe-Keli‘ipuleole singling in the fourth and catcher Jordan Lopez singling in the third.
Kapa‘a next hosts Waimea, Saturday in a double-header at the Kapa‘a High School facility. First pitch is at 10 a.m.
• Dennis Fujimoto, photographer and staff writer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@ thegardenisland.com.
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