HONOLULU — Kaua‘i High School beat Wai‘anae, 2-1, on Thursday to advance to the championship game of the Wally Yonamine Foundation Hawai‘i High School Athletic Association Division II Baseball Championships.
According to information provided by the HHSAA, Kaua‘i High first marked in the third inning when Radon Sebastian singled to right and scored on an Austin Renaud RBI single to left with one away.
Facing a 1-0 deficit in the seventh, the Seariders knotted the contest when Au. Jackson-Anderson, taking first base after being hit by a pitch, later scored on a Nainoa Nagum sacrifice bunt, Nagum making first on a fielder’s choice with just one away.
Kaua‘i High pitcher Kapono Sullivan settled in and got the next two batters, leaving three Seariders threatening in the inning where Wai‘anae scored one run on no hits.
With the game knotted, 1-1, Kaua‘i High answered in the home half by scoring Aukai Arruda on a Joshua Rego RBI shot up the middle for the Raiders go-ahead in the contest that ended with three runners stranded.
Kaua‘i High outhit Wai‘anae eight to three. Renaud led the Raiders’ hitting with three hits and an RBI. Other hitters included Joshua Rego, who had one hit with an RBI. Designated hitter Dalton John Bukoski, Arruda, Jacob Andres and Sebastian marked hits.
Wai‘anae hits by were by designated hitter Kyson Rosa, first baseman Chasetin Rice and catcher Xavier Quismondo.
Sullivan picked up the win on the mound, going the full seven innings and allowing one earned run, striking out seven and walking four.
Wai‘anae’s Shysten Nagasako suffered the loss in 6.1 innings of work, striking out 11 Red Raiders and walking one. He was strapped for two earned runs and seven of Kaua‘i High’s eight hits.
Kaua‘i High School, seeded No. 3 in the DII tournament, will face Damien High School, which upset the top seeded Waipahu Mauraders, 5-4, according to results posted at ScoringLive.com.
The first pitch goes off starting at 4 p.m. on Friday at Les Murakami Field at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa.
Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 808-245-0453 or email@example.com.
Source: The Garden Island
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