Waimea High School freshman Makeyah Wisneski hit an RBI single and senior Deirdrelyn Tafiti smacked a 2-run homer to push the Menehune to a 6-4 win over Kauai High School Wednesday night at the Waimea Canyon Park.
The Menehune got started early by churning two runs on three hits, including a Wisneski single, in the first frame. Cheyla Goias-Soares, playing in left field, opened the evening with a two-bagger, moving to third on a sacrifice by Taira Abreu, and crossing on an RBI triple from Starlynn Ripley who scored on a fielder’s choicefor the early 3-0 lead.
Kauai stayed in the chase. Justice Funamura-Sasil opened the third inning by reaching base on an interference call. With one away Hilarie Marcelino was hit by a pitch. A fielder’s choice to Tia Rego set the stage for Dreanalyn Tafiti, Deirdrelyn’s sister, who whacked a two-run single scoring Funamura-Sasil and Marcelino.
Waimea answered in its half to preserve its lead when Abreu doubled with one away and scored on a Ripley triple to right field for the 3-2 reading.
The Raiders came back in the fourth inning with two runs when Camila Goni singled with one away. Advancing to second base on a passed ball, Goni crossed on a Funamura-Sasil RBI double. Kahela Nishikawa-Chandler got first on a walk off Waimea pitcher Shelbee Tavares, and scored the go-ahead run on an RBI single from Rego.
Tavares, who held Kapaa to just four hits, Saturday, went the distance for the win, allowing four Raider runs on eight hits. She struck out three Raiders, walked one, and hit three batters.
Marcelino went the distance for Kauai, giving up six runs on 11 hits. She struck out four Menehune, gave up no walks, but hit one Menehune batter.
Deidrelynn topped the Menehune hitting with two RBIs on her home run followed by Ripley who ended the night with a pair of triples and two RBIs. Abreu doubled and singled, Goias-Soares finished with a double, and Wisneski ended with a pair of singles with an RBI. Catcher Cerriah Perreira singled to round out the Menehune hitting.
Funamura-Sasil led Kauai with a pair of doubles, followed by Dreanalyn getting two RBI on a pair of singles, and Rego finishing with an RBI on a pair of singles. Katelyn Kuhlman and Goni each singled.
Kauai next travels to Kapaa High School Saturday for a triple-header against the Warriors, the first pitch going at 9 a.m. Waimea enjoys a bye until its senior night Wednesday when it hosts Kapaa in a single match starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Waimea Canyon Park.