KAPAA — Still alive. And the next one’s for all the marbles.
The Kawaihau Majors All Stars churned out seven home runs en route to a 13-3 win over the Kailua All Stars Tuesday afternoon at the New Kapaa Town Park Main Diamond.
Scoring in each of the five innings, Kawaihau scored its runs on 10 hits to stay alive in the bid for the Hawaii Little League District 1 title.
They face off against the Kailua All-Stars again, who suffered its first loss in the tournament Tuesday, at 10 a.m. at the Main Diamond.
Kailua ended with six hits for its 3 runs, but opened early, taking a 2-0 lead when Noah Larson singled and Jayke Dolan, aboard on a Kawaihau miscue, scored.
Kawaihau answered the call when Noa Cardinez whacked his first of two home runs, a 3-run affair, to right field for the 3-2 lead. Cardinez added his second homer in the fifth, a 2-run blast.
“If they had another runner aboard, the game would be over on the 10-run ruling,” said Hawaii Little League Umpire Consultant Norman Aweau.
Ricky Rego, whacking two homers in Monday’s win over Kaneohe, conked a solo shot, his second of the game, high over the right field fence that bounced in the parking lot to end the game.
Kaimi Malina, whacked a solo homer to start the second inning and picked up the win on the mound, allowing six hits while striking out five Kailua batters, hitting one, and walking one.
In addition to the home run leaders, Kawaihau got a homer from Keoua Sibayan in the third inning and Makoa Gorospe, who subbed for Trevor Kaui in the fourth frame.
Kailua, working through a battery of pitchers, was led by Larson getting a pair of singles and Aka Kapono who finished on the mound.
First pitch for the winner-take-all game is at 10 a.m.