Waimea loses to Aiea in semifinals

Waimea High School’s varsity softball team was defeated by Aiea of the Oahu Interscholastic Association in Thursday’s semifinal game of the DataHouse Softball Championships — Division II state tournament.

The No. 2 seed Menehune girls lost to the No. 3 seed Na Alii, 12-2, at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu. The game ended after the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

“We had a bad day today. Aiea’s pitcher was playing really good,” said Waimea head coach Teddy Perreira in a phone interview Thursday. “We weren’t disciplined. I think we beat ourselves.”

Aiea scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning en route to winning the game and advancing to the Division II championship game. Shortstop Kayla Higuchi hit a double to center field and third baseman Tesi Tavale hit a sacrifice fly to right field, each driving in a run. Pinch runner Marie Patacsil crossed home plate on a passed ball.

In the fifth inning, Aiea catcher Kailie Alama knocked a 2-run homer.

Aiea scored its 12 runs on 13 hits and left eight runners on base.

Menehune second baseman Starlynn Ripley hit a double to right field to drive in Waimea’s first run in the second inning. In the third, catcher Karlyee Rye Malapit hit an RBI single for the team’s second run.

Waimea had two hits in the game and left four runners stranded.

The Menehune girls will play Kamehameha Schools–Hawaii of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation in the third place game at 1 p.m. today at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

“We got to stay disciplined and keep on swinging the bat. Hopefully, the bats come alive,” Perreira said.

Boys volleyball: Kauai 3, Hawaii Prep 2

At Moanalua High School, Kauai High School’s varsity boys volleyball team defeated Big Island’s Hawaii Prep Academy, 3-2, in the opening round of the New City Nissan Boys Volleyball Championships — Division II tournament.

Kauai won the first two sets, 25-22 and 25-12, and the fifth set, 15-10. Hawaii Prep won the third and fourth sets, 25-13 and 27-25.

Kauai co-head coach Dorene Matias said senior Lii Colipano injured himself in the third set, but finished the game.

“It worked out, and we had a lot of support from Kauai here. That helped,” she said over the phone Thursday.

The Red Raiders will play the winner between No. 1 seed Hawaii Baptist of the Interscholastic League of Honolulu and OIA’s Pearl City at 7 p.m. today at Farrington High School.

The result of the Hawaii Baptist-Pearl City game was not available by press time.

Full stats at scoringlive.com.

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