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Menehune break Kapaa’s unbeaten string

KAPAA — Waimea pitcher Shelbee Tavares allowed just four Kapaa hits, and the Warriors left 14 runners on base Saturday, when the Menehune broke Kapaa’s undefeated string with a 16-13 win at the Kapaa High School facility.

Spanning more than three and a half hours in the grueling heat over seven innings, Waimea banged 13 hits, including a three-run home run by Makeyah Wisneski in the seventh inning to cap the victory in the first of two scheduled games.

Wisneski was 3-for-5, scoring three times and driving in five runs with her homer and a pair of singles.

Tavares helped herself on the mound by scoring twice and nailing a triple with two RBI. Taira Abreu scored three times and tripled with two RBI. Cerriah Perreira ended with one run, a double and four RBI. Starlynn Ripley scored once, finishing with a pair of singles and two RBI. Cheyla Goias-Soares scored twice and finished with a pair of singles for Waimea.

The Menehune got an early start, plating six runs on four hits and a pair of Warrior errors in the first inning led by Abreu’s RBI triple and a 3-RBI double by Perreira, and Leiko Yamauchi scoring on one of the Kapaa miscues.

Kapaa promptly left three runners stranded, all three getting aboard on back-to-back-to-back walks in the first inning. The Warriors’ first score came in the second frame when Shailee Telles-Kelekoma walked, followed by Jazmin Kaleiohi getting hit by a pitch.

A double steal placed runners in scoring position, with Kailee Rivera getting Telles-Kelekoma home on a sacrifice play, followed by Kaleiohi scoring on a wild pitch.

Telles-Kelekoma topped the Kapaa hitting by scoring three times, nailing a triple and marking an RBI after being hit by a pitch in the fourth inning.

Rivera, who suffered the loss on the mound, finished with a pair of singles, scored three times via courtesy runner Jazlyn Rapozo, and marked two RBI.

No scores were available for the afternoon games.

Waimea next hosts Kauai High School Wednesday at the Waimea Canyon Park, the first pitch going at 5:30 p.m. in a single night game.

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