Waimea opens baseball tournament

HANAPEPE — Kerri-Anne Kanahele, the Kauai Terminal supervisor for Matson Navigation, was curious about how the Waimea Menehune was doing against Damien Memorial High School on Wednesday.

“Did you go to the game?” Kanahele, a Waimea High School alumnus, said. “The last I heard, it was 0-0.”

An RBI single off Damien’s C. Wayton coupled with Menehune miscues to break the scoreless deadlock in the third inning as the Monarchs pushed two runs across for a 2-0 go-ahead at the Hanapepe Stadium field.

This was one of two games for the Waimea Invitational Baseball tournament, which opened Wednesday and will continue through Saturday.

“This is an Interscholastic League of Honolulu field,” said Jon Kobayashi, the Waimea athletic director. “We have the Mid Pacific Institute, Kamehameha Schools-Kapalama, St. Louis High School, and Damien. We also have our three high schools as well as Kapolei High School from the Oahu Interscholastic Association.”

The Kapaa High School Warriors opened its match against Kamehameha-Kapalama at the Waimea Canyon Park followed by the Kauai Red Raiders going up against Mid Pacific on the opening day.

“We are fortunate we get the support from Mid Pacific in these tournaments,” Kobayashi said. “They come during out tournaments, and we get the other schools following them. There was some confusion in getting things going because of the date changes in graduation which trickled down to the season and availability of venues.”

Games from Friday through the championship game Saturday will be contested at Hanapepe Stadium.

Kamehameha-Kapalama opens against Kapolei starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday. That match will be followed by St. Louis meeting Kauai High School starting at 11 a.m.

Kapaa will play Damien starting at 1:30 p.m. and host Waimea will play Mid Pacific starting at 4 p.m. to end pool play.

Friday bracket play starts at 8:30 a.m. and the final games start at 4 p.m.

Saturday games start at 8 a.m. with the tournament championship game starting at 3:30 p.m.

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