Menehune baseball tourney plays on

HANAPEPE — Kauai High School’s Keanu Camalliri singled in the fourth inning to drive Jacob Borrero across the plate Thursday during the second day of the Waimea Baseball Invitational Tournament at Hanapepe Stadium.

The run pulled the Red Raiders to within a run of St. Louis High School, 3-2.

Kai Alquiza, a Kauai native, answered for the Crusaders with an RBI single in the fifth to push Keith Torres home, and an RBI triple by Matt Wong sealed the 6-2 St. Louis win.

“We’re still a very young team,” said Kauai coach Hank Ibia. “But the boys did what they had to, and played well. We still have work to do before the season starts, but this is a great way to get going.”

Tournament play continued with Kamehameha-Kapalama taking the opener, 8-4, over Kapolei High School. Following the Kauai game, Kapaa faced Damien Memorial High School, and host Waimea took the final slot against Mid-Pacific Institute.

The Owls took its opening match, 5-2, over Kauai on Wednesday afternoon at the Waimea Canyon Park.

“They have a young team,” said Mid-Pacific Coach Dunn Muramaru. “This morning, you should have seen that pitcher. He throws in the 90-mph range. No one could hit him. He struck out five of the first six batters he faced.”

The Owls are staying at the Hanapepe Neighborhood Center and had the luxury of enjoying the games ahead of their match against Waimea.

“This tournament is really good,” said Tammy Moniz, mother of Kapaa player Leighton Moniz. “Leighton has a cousin playing for St. Louis, a cousin playing for Kamehameha, and a good friend who is playing for Damien. He gets to play against all of them.”

Teddy Perreira, Alquiza’s uncle, was in attendance Wednesday.

“They’re pretty good,” said Perreira, who coaches the Waimea softball team.“After watching all of the teams, it looks like we’re going to have a pretty close season.”

Games continue from 8:30 a.m., with Kapolei facing Kauai in the opener at Hanapepe Stadium. The championship game is scheduled to start at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

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