Buehler, Waveriders grab No. 3 seed in BIIF tourney


Behind Teao Buehler’s complete game, Kealakehe beat Honokaa 4-2 Saturday at Honokaa’s Sports and Recreation complex to earn the No. 3 seed in the Big Island Interscholastic Federation Division I tournament.

The Waveriders (4-5 BIIF, 6-7 overall), the No. 3 seed in the tournament, will play second-seeded Hilo (6-3, 10-3) at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Wong Stadium.

Kealakehe scored three first-inning runs for Buehler, who worked out of jams in the fifth and sixth innings to hold off Honokaa (2-7, 3-10), which had runners on second and third with one out in both innings but could not score.

In relief of losing pitcher Keahi Esquerra, Robert Abran allowed just one run in six innings to keep the Dragons in the game. Honokaa’s defense turned two double plays behind Abran.

At the plate, Ty Kauai went 2-for-5.

The fourth-seeded Dragons (2-7, 3-10) will host Kohala (2-7, 2-11) at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a BIIF Division II tournament first-round game, with the winner taking on Kamehameha-Hawaii (7-2, 9-4) at 1:30 p.m. Friday in a BIIF semifinal at Wong Stadium.

Kealakehe 310 000 0 — 4

Honokaa 020 000 0 — 2

c Konawaena 12, Kohala 2: Ona Manzano and J.J. Kitaoka each had two hits and three RBIs in Kealakekua as the Wildcats ended the regular-season with their fourth consecutive victory.

Manzano’s two-run double in the third inning broke a 2-all tie and put Konawaena (7-2 BIIF, 11-2 overall) ahead to stay. Domonic Morris also had two hits, and Shelton Grace stroked a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning.

Kitaoka pitched the first three innings to get the win. He gave up two runs on one hit — a two-run homer by the Cowboys’ Willy Perez in the first inning — striking out five and walking none.

Zane Gray and Morris each pitched a scoreless inning in a game that ended in the bottom of the fifth inning because of the league’s 10-run mercy rule.

Konawaena, which has a first-round bye in the BIIF Division II tournament, will play either Hawaii Prep (6-3, 9-4) or Pahoa (0-9, 0-13) at 11 a.m. Friday in a BIIF semifinal at Wong Stadium.

Austin Salvador-Racoma took the loss for Kohala (2-7, 2-11). In four innings, he gave up 12 runs on 11 hits, striking out none and walking three.

Kohala 200 00 — 2 1 3

Konawaena 230 61 — 12 12 1

c Keaau 14, Pahoa 2: Cody Silva went 4-for-4 with three RBIs for the visiting Cougars, who scored 12 first-inning runs in a contest that ended after five innings because of the league’s mercy rule.

Jon Segovia and Rylan Martines each had two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Byron Cachola also drove in two runs.

Keha Wong finished 3-for-4 for Keaau (4-5, 5-8), which will play Waiakea (7-2, 10-3) at 4 p.m. Friday in a BIIF semifinal at Wong Stadium.

Keian Kanetani pitched three scoreless innings to get the win. He allowed one hit, striking four and walking one.

Dathan Wong Chong suffered the loss for the Daggers (0-9, 0-13). He didn’t record an out, surrendering eight runs on five hits and walking three batters.

At the plate, Troy Rasse had a single and an RBI, and Wong Chong also drove in a run. Damien Mercado added a single.

Keaau (12)10 01 — 14 17 0

Pahoa 000 02 — 2 2 4

c Hilo 8, Waiakea 1: No further information on this contest was available at press time.