Warriors claim first-round title

LIHUE — The Kapaa Warriors took 15-4, 15-4 victories over the Kauai High School Red Raiders Saturday to claim the first- round title of Kauai Interscholastic Federation softball at the Isenberg Park in Lihue.

With just one game remaining in the first round, Kapaa improved to a 5-0 record, all of its games being cut short by the 10-run knockout rule.

Kapaa lost little time asserting itself, the Warrior wahine conking 10 runs on four hits in the first inning of game one when the Kapaa roster batted around while pitcher Kailee Rivera took out the Red Raiders in order, striking out the final two batters.

During game two, Kapaa’s Kendra Kupihea whacked a grand slam in the first inning to fuel the win.

Leipua Kaui led the Warriors in game one, scoring twice and smashing a bases-clearing, three-run double on her second at-bat. She had two doubles in the first inning.

The senior finished the first game scoring three times, going three-for-five with the two doubles, a triple and four RBI to top the Kapaa offense. She continued her torrid hitting in game two, scoring four times on a perfect four-for-four, including a home run in the third inning, three singles and two RBI.

Selena Morita was strong in game one, scoring once, singling and contributing three RBI, including two in the sixth inning where she got aboard on a Raider miscue. Tia Takasaki scored three times in game one, whacked a double and a pair of singles with an RBI. Kupihea scored once, doubled and had an RBI.

Following homers by Kaui and Kupihea in game two, Jazmin Kaleiohi had a single and three RBI, Rivera added two RBI and Shailee Telles-Kelekoma had an RBI single.

Kahela Nishikawa-Chandler topped the Raider bats with a double and an RBI in game one, followed by Hilarie Marcelino scoring once and adding two RBI on a single. K. Braun and K. Blackstad each singled.

Nishikawa-Chandler and Justice Funamura-Sasil each scored once and singled in game two, followed by Marcelino singling and recording an RBI. Braun and K. Kuhlman each singled.

Rivera shared the win with Telles-Kelekoma and Kaui on the hill, Rivera taking game one with two innings of work and game two on three and a third frames.

Dreanalyn Tafiti suffered the loss for Kauai, throwing a complete game one and going three frames in game two before Tia Rego finished the final three innings.

Kapaa next hosts Waimea on Wednesday at the Kapaa High School field, with first pitch at 3:30 p.m.

Kauai is off until Saturday, when the Red Raiders travel to Waimea Canyon Park for a triple bill against the Menehune, starting at 9 a.m.

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