KIF baseball, Game 2: Waimea 9, Kapaa 6
Waimea High School catcher Caleb Ephan whacked into a 3-run double with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of game 2 to fire up the Menehune to a 9-6 win over Kapaa High School at the Ron Martin Field in the second game of Saturday’s double header.
The result of the game that saw the lead see-saw throughout gave Kapaa a split after taking the first match, 6-0, behind the pitching of Chayse Basuel, who threw a complete game two-hitter.
Kapaa got aboard first in the second game with a run in the opening inning that was answered by Waimea in the third inning, gaining a 2-1 edge on two runs, both fueled by Ephan on his first of two doubles in the game.
The Warriors answered the 4-2 deficit in the fourth, stalemating the contest with two runs before Ephan cleared the pads in the sixth inning to fuel five Menehune runs. Kapaa could only answer with two runs in the home half for the 9-6 final.
Ephan topped the Menehune bats who found nine runs on seven hits, the catcher ending the contest with five RBI on two doubles. Reyden Rull, suffering the loss on the hill in game one, scored three times on a 0-for-1 showing in the box, walking three times.
Nainoa Cardinez topped the Warrior lumberyard on a two-for-three showing in the box, scoring three runs. Kade Kupihea was 0-for-1 in the box, but scored twice.
Ariki Cardejon picked up the win on the hill in relief, while Kaimi Malina suffered the loss, also in relief.
Waimea closes the first round of action by hosting Kauai High School Wednesday at Hanapepe Stadium, with the first pitch fired at 3:30 p.m.
The double header against Kauai that was rained out last week has been penned in for Saturday. No starting time for that game was available at press time.
Game 1: Kapaa 19, Waimea 9 (5 innings)
Game 2: Kapaa 22, Waimea 7 (5 innings)
Home runs lit up Waimea Canyon Park during the first game of a triple bill at the Kauai Interscholastic Federation softball game between the Kapaa Warriors and the Waimea Menehune.
Kapaa conked three homers, including a grand slam by sophomore catcher Shailee Telles-Kelekoma in the fifth inning to end the match 20-9 in five innings due to the 10-run rule.
Tia Takasaki zapped a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Leipua Kaui opened up the day with a 2-run blast in the first inning.
Waimea opened with a 2-run blast by L. Yamauchi followed by a solo shot from M. Wisneski in the opening inning. Wisneski chalked up her second home run, a 2-run blast in the fourth inning.
Kapaa jumped out to an early lead by pushing 11 runs on six hits in the first inning, led by Kaui’s homer, and Telles-Kelekoma and Tyra Alao getting a pair of singles each in the frame.
Waimea answered with three runs on three hits, including the homers by Yamauchi and Wisneski and a single from T. Abreu, who finished the game with a perfect three-for-three showing in the box — a pair of singles and a double in the fourth.
The Menehune put up five runs in the fourth behind three hits, including Wisneski’s second home run, Abreu’s double and a single from Yamauchi, but could not overcome the 10-run gap.
Kapaa picked up its 20 runs behind 13 hits, led by Telles-Kelekoma marking six RBI on a pair of singles and the grand slam.
Waimea finished with 12 hits, led by Wisneski’s pair of homers and three RBI. Yamauchi finished with three RBI on three hits, including her homer and a pair of singles. Abreu finished with an RBI on two singles and a double.
Game details were not available for the day’s second match, which crept into the night and finished in five innings with Kapaa winning, 22-7. The third game of the day was the junior-varsity matchup.