Menehune girls finish 4th at states

Waimea High School’s varsity softball team finished fourth in the DataHouse Softball Championships — Division II state tournament on Oahu.

The Menehune girls lost to Kamehameha Schools–Hawaii of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation, 14-5, in the third place game Friday at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium in Honolulu.

“I had my young pitcher Shelbee Tavares on the mound today. She’s a sophomore,” said Waimea head coach Teddy Perreira in a phone interview following Friday’s game. “She did good. She threw six innings. … Then we started making mistakes, and they started hitting the ball good.

“Other than that, she did good. She held on. She got some experience playing at this level,” he added.

Waimea got their five runs off three hits, including a double by catcher Karlyee Rye Malapit. KS–Hawaii totaled 14 hits, including a pair of home runs.

Waimea finished the season with a 12-4 overall record (11-2 KIF, 6-0 second round, 1-0 playoff) and was 1-2 at states.

Prior to Friday’s third place game, the Menehune defeated BIIF’s Kohala, 11-1, in a quarterfinal game Wednesday and lost to Aiea of the Oahu Interscholastic Association, 12-2, in Thursday’s semifinal game.

“This year was up and down. It was up and down all year,” Perreira said about the season. “We had a good run. The girls battled back. We lost in the (KIF) first round, and then we won the second round. We played some pretty good competition up here.”

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