Kapaa High School cannot field a varsity softball team and will not compete for the remainder of the 2016 Kauai Interscholastic Federation season.
Kapaa athletic director Greg Gonsalves said some players did quit and the team simply can no longer field nine.
“It’s unfortunate. We just don’t have enough to field a team,” Gonsalves said.
The decision to end the Warriors season was stated in a release from the school. The release also stated the season’s second round schedule will be adjusted accordingly and is to be determined.
Today’s scheduled doubleheader versus Waimea at Waimea Canyon Park is canceled.
Kapaa softball assistant coach Scott Kaui confirmed the team does not have enough players. He expressed disappointment in the season being cut short. He added he and head coach Aulani Kaui are still working with some players in practice.
“It’s only three high schools in the KIF. It’s always good to have three go out,” he said. “I thought we had a good chance to make a comeback, but things happen in life and everybody is going to bounce back from them. We’ll see what the future brings, and hopefully we can put a team together again.”
Kaui added: “Good luck to Waimea and Kauai High. I hope they can go on to the state tournament, both of them, and show the rest of the state that Kauai has tough teams.”
Currently, Kauai High has a 5-1 regular season record and have already won the KIF season’s first round. Waimea is 2-2. Kapaa ended its season at 0-4.