WAIMEA — Kapa‘a High School softball trailed 4-2 following four innings of play against Waimea High School during the first contest of the Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation softball season on Wednesday contested at the Waimea Canyon Park.
With just one out and two runners aboard in the fifth inning, Kapa‘a catcher Savannah Simons cranked Waimea’s second pitch from Taeler Camele for a 3-run home run that soared clear of the leftfield fence for the 5-4 go-ahead.
The Menehune answered in the home half when Sianni Sakai got aboard after being hit by a Seija Makanani pitch with one away. Sakai advanced through the base paths on a bunt by Kayla Prigge, and knotted the contest on a Ryleeh Torres bunt.
Menehune bats came alive with a hit in the sixth by Lei Mae Camara, two doubles in the seventh by Sakai and Torres, but Waimea could not capitalize to end the contest in a 5-5 deadlock following seven complete innings.
Kapa‘a went down in order in the sixth, and with two away in the seventh, Camele gave up back-to-back walks that were stranded when the Menehune complete an infield play for the third out.
Earlier, Kapa‘a capitalized on Waimea miscues as Furtado and Kaia Davis-Caberto got aboard on errors to mark the scorebooks.
The two-run lead stood until the third inning when Waimea marked three runs on no hits as the Kapa‘a pitching gave up a walk, hit a batter, and errors plagued the infield.
With the tie, Waimea comes to Isenberg Park in Lihu‘e Saturday to face Kaua‘i High School in a double-header. The first pitch goes off at 10 a.m. with the second game starting 30 minutes following the completion of the first contest.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Garden Island