Kauai finishes 3rd at states

Kauai High School’s varsity baseball team placed third at the Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball Championships — Division II tournament.

The Red Raider boys defeated Kamehameha Schools–Hawaii of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, 4-3, in Saturday’s consolation game at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.

Kauai evened the score, 2-2, in the bottom of the second inning. Red Raiders shortstop Shane Ogata drove in the two runs with a double to center field. Center fielder Gunner Vallatini and right fielder Jestyn Largusa crossed home plate on the play.

Kauai got another run in the third. Second baseman Kobey Diaz hit a single to left field and third baseman Micah Layosa scored from third.

The Red Raiders scored one more in the fourth inning. Catcher Cal Koga reached on a fielders choice and Vallatini scored from third.

KS–Hawaii scored two runs in the first inning and one in the fifth. Third baseman Mikana Aiona and first baseman Hinalea Cortez each drove in a run in the first.

Kauai got the four runs off 10 hits and left nine runners on base. KS–Hawaii totaled five hits and left six runners stranded.

Kauai finished the season 11-4 overall (9-3 KIF, 5-1 second round). Prior to the third place game, the Red Raiders beat BIIF’s Konawaena, 14-1, in the opening round on Thursday and lost to No. 1 seed Maryknoll of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu, 4-3, in Friday’s semifinal match.

In the Divivion II championship game, Maryknoll defeated Aiea of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, 8-4, Saturday at Les Murakami Stadium.

Molokai of the Maui Interscolastic League defeated Konawaena, 5-2, to finish in fifth place.

Full stats at sportshigh.com.

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