LIHUE — Kauai High School came up with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to squeeze past Waimea, 11-10, in the opener of a Kauai Interscholastic Federation doubleheader Saturday at Isenberg Field in Lihue.
In the second game, Kauai pitching by Kailee Nii led the way during an 11-7 win in the nightcap.
In the first game, Waimea faced a 7-4 deficit entering the seventh inning and pushed six runs on five hits, including a pair of triples by Karlyee Rye Malapit and Kacielin Hesapene, a double from Keana Ratcliff-Hogan and a Kauai error to take a 10-7 lead.
But a home run by Kauai’s Tia Takasaki, her second of the game, fueled a 4-run comeback for the 11-10 final. Kauai finished with seven hits on its 11 runs, fueled by Takasaki wielding the big stick for the Raiders with a pair of home runs and a double.
Waimea picked up its 10 runs on 11 hits, led by Malapit, who conked a pair of triples. Ratcliff-Hogan powered two doubles. Saecha Padasdao-Oyamot hit a double and Hesapene hit a triple.
Kailee Nii, who went the distance in game 1 for the win, held Waimea to just one hit through four innings of the second game before the Menehune erupted for four runs on four hits in the fifth inning. But Nii settled down and went the distance in game 2, finishing with just six hits allowed.
Waimea started with Kiani Kamakea, but after allowing five runs on two hits, two hit batters, two walks and a bunt in less than two innings, was relieved by Deannalynn Tafiti, who went the remaining distance in the loss.
The wins give Kauai a 2-0 record while Waimea falls to 1-2. Kapaa is 0-1 as it prepares to host Kauai at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.