HANAPEPE — Kauai High School’s varsity baseball team defeated Waimea High School in six innings, 12-2, Wednesday afternoon at Hanapepe Stadium.
Play ended after six innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.
With a 5-2 lead, Kauai (1-1-1 KIF) scored seven runs on six hits in the top of the sixth inning to get its 10-run lead.
Red Raiders designated hitter Keoua Sibayan hit a two-RBI single to right-center field, and outfielder Blake Probasco hit an RBI single to left field in the top of the sixth. Kauai also plated two runs on hit-by-pitches with the bases loaded.
After the first inning ended with a 1-1 tie, Kauai scored three runs in the top of the second inning. Red Raiders infielder Nainoa Kane-Yates hit a two-RBI single to right field in the inning.
Kauai got the game’s first run in the top of the first inning on an RBI single to center field by Kane-Yates.
Waimea (2-2 KIF) evened the score, 1-1, in the bottom of the first inning. Menehune infielder Kaikoa Alquiza crossed home plate from third as designated hitter Tysson Unciano grounded to shortstop.
The Menehune got their second run in the third inning when outfielder Levi Snowden, who later pitched in relief, crossed home plate from third as catcher Kanaan Ephan reached first base on an error.
Kauai got 12 runs on 11 hits, left nine runners on base and recorded two errors in the third inning.
Kane-Yates was 2-5 batting with three RBIs. Probasco was 2-4 with two RBIs and scored one run. Sibayan was 1-2 with the two-RBI single and had two walks.
Red Raiders starting pitcher Dahlus Hood got the win. Hood pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowed two runs — one run unearned — on one hit and had two strikeouts and three walks.
Waimea got two runs on two hits, left five runners on base and recorded one error in the fifth inning.
Ephan was 1-3 batting. Snowden was 1-3 and scored one run after reaching first base on an error.
Menehune starter Kristian Cardejon took the loss. Cardejon went 4 1/3 innings, allowed five runs on five hits and had five strikeouts and three walks.
Kauai will play against Kapaa High School (1-1-1 KIF) for a doubleheader Saturday at Vidinha Stadium. The first game is scheduled for 3 p.m.
Waimea will next play against Kapaa at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Ron Martin Field at Kapaa High School.
Nick Celario, sports writer, can be reached at 245-0437 or email@example.com.