Menehune take two in Warriorland

KAPAA — Waimea pitcher Kiani “Ani” Kamakele threw a two-hitter to open against Kapaa Saturday during a double-header at the Kapaa High School softball facility.

The performance on the mound was backed by a nearly perfect defensive effort as the Menehune committed just one error, closing the final inning with a double play.

Waimea picked up a 5-1 win in the opener and followed the victory with explosive hitting in the nightcap en route to a 15-8 win. The Menehune opened the game when Kamakea singled, one of seven hits collected by Waimea in its 5-1 win, and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice before scoring.

Kapaa answered the opening hit when Aliyah Cummings got first base on a Menehune miscue, the only one committed in the game. Cummings advanced on a throwing breakdown and scored on a wild pitch to knot the match.

Waimea broke the tie in the second inning when Karlyee Rye Malapit singled to open, and advanced on a fielder’s choice and a wild pitch before scoring the first of two runs, the second coming when Tyrelle Unciano, singling first, scored behind a triple, the only long ball given up by Kapaa hurler Aulani Leipua Kaui, from Caysha Goias-Soares.

Kamakea was well on her way to a one-hitter before hiccuping in the seventh inning when Sabrina Telles-Kelekoma singled to open the frame. The Menehune saved the frame when Telles-Kelekoma was eliminated in the double play.

Kapaa got its hits from Rachel Hines-Pleas and Telles-Kelekoma.

Waimea bats were led by Caysha Goias-Soares’ triple. Kamakea, Malapit, Alyssa Miyamoto and Unciano marked singles.

Game 2 started with Waimea pushing two runs across before Kapaa knotted the game on a 2-run homerun from Ana Carvalho-Toloai.

Waimea went to the short stick in the second inning, pushing nine runs for the 11-2 go-ahead en route to its 15-8 final.

Complete game details on Game 2 were not available at press time.

With the win, Waimea (3-2) prepares to host Kauai High School (3-0) in a single game Wednesday at the Waimea Canyon Park starting at 5:30 p.m.

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