Basuel goes strong against Raiders

LIHUE — Kapaa High School pitcher Chayse Basuel threw a complete-game four-hitter, and miscues plagued Kauai High in the Warriors’ 8-2 win Saturday night before a good-sized crowd that huddled under the lights at Vidinha Stadium.

The Red Raiders also went through seven hurlers on the mound, with Jacob Borrero suffering the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in the opening frame. Other Kauai pitchers taking their turns on the hill included Tyler Oshima, Blaise Gokan, Robin Dumlao, Keoua Sibayan and Royce Uemura.

Basuel, throwing powerful games against Waimea in the first round, also came up strong against Kauai, finishing his win with four strikeouts, and allowing four walks, three coming in the first inning.

Two of those walks came back to hound the Warriors when Oshima and Sam Nakata walked in the first frame and went on to score when Kauai came back to answer the Warriors’ five runs that came on five hits and a pair of Kauai errors.

Basuel, allowing just one hit in that inning, settled down and scattered his three remaining hits through the game that stretched through seven innings.

Kauai catcher Skyler Sadora topped the Raider bats, marking an RBI in the first inning and finishing with two of the four Kauai High hits. Nakata singled and Hoku Parbo laced a single in the seventh inning, but was left stranded.

The Warriors, licking their wounds after dropping a 2-1 opening game on costly miscues, came back strong, driving home five runs on five hits in the opening inning that came following a short meal and rest break.

They went on to score two more runs in the second inning and topped the win on a run in the sixth inning when Kade Kupihea, getting aboard on a shot to right field, stole second and went on to score on an RBI hit to right field by Kaenen Lacaden.

Kupihea topped the Kapaa lumberyard that generated 12 hits in the win. Kupihea had four hits, scored twice and drove in three runs. Lacaden doubled in the first inning and singled in the sixth for two RBI. Levi Cummings doubled in the third and marked an RBI on a Raider error. Ekolu Rivera, Nainoa Cardinez and Bryson Poai each singled.

With the split to open the second round of Kauai Interscholastic Federation baseball, Kapaa will next host Waimea Wednesday in a single game at the Ron Martin Field on the Kapaa High School campus. Starting pitch goes off at 3:30 p.m.

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