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Menehune softball takes 2 in Kapa‘a

KAPA‘A — Waimea High School softball kept its undefeated record intact with wins over Kapa‘a High School on Saturday at Kapa‘a High School.

The Menehune, who captured the Round 1 crown following a win over Kaua‘i High School on Wednesday, went on to beat the Lady Warriors on Saturday with victories of 16-4, and 17-7. Both contests were shortened by the 10-run ruling.

During Game 1, Kapa‘a jumped to a 4-0 lead in the opening frame that the Menehune answered with five runs on three hits in the second inning. From there, the Menehune piled in three more runs in the third, three additional crossings in the fourth, and iced the contest with five runs in the fifth frame.

Overall, the Menehune piled up 11 runs to Kapa‘a’s six hits led by Ryleah Torres, who conked home runs in the fourth and fifth frames. She finished Game 1 by scoring twice and adding a single to her pair of homers, while driving in six Menehune runs.

Kayla Prigge also smacked a three-run homer in the fifth frame and finished by scoring twice, adding a pair of singles to her HR and driving in six runs.

Kapa‘a bats were led by Kailee Gorospe ,who whacked a two-bagger in the fourth inning, but was left stranded when Waimea pitcher Taelor Camelo struck out two Lady Warrior hitters. Other Warriors piling up singles included Sienna Yamashita, Rhea Furtado, Hailey Gibson Charlize Kenney, and Ishawara Kaui-Reconsal.

In Game 2, Kapa‘a answered a 12-0 deficit in the home half of the third frame with five runs led by a two-run homer from Gorospe.

Waimea answered with six runs on just one hit in the fourth inning to complete the win. Overall, the Menehune finished the 17-7 win with just three hits to Kapa‘a’s eight.

Menehune bats were led by Kaelyn Banquel, who whacked a two-run homer in the third inning. She finished with a single in the fourth, scoring twice and marking four RBI.

The Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation opens Round 2 on April 5 with a single contest, when Kaua‘i High School matches up against Kapa‘a at Kapa‘a High School. First pitch for the nightcap goes at 6 p.m.
Source: The Garden Island

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