Dragons cash in on mistakes, top ’Riders
In a game in which Honokaa and Kealakehe made their fair share of miscues, the Dragons did a better job of capitalizing on their opponent’s mistakes Tuesday at Kealakehe.
Kayla Kalauli and Precious Palea-Enos each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Kalauli pitched five solid innings to get the win as Honokaa beat Kealakehe 7-4 in a Big Island Interscholastic Federation softball game.
Allie Shiraki and Kaitlin Agustin scored two runs apiece, and Kayla Requelman had a sacrfice fly as the Dragons (3-2 BIIF, 7-2 overall) won their fourth straight game.
Honokaa broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, when Agustin reached on an error and later scored on another.
Kalauli and Palea-Enos then gave Honokaa some breathing room in the top of seventh, coming through with RBI singles in a four-run inning that gave the Dragons a comfortable 7-2 lead. Both Kalauli and Requelman, who doubled in the inning, scored on wild pitches.
In the circle Kalauli, a junior, went five innings, allowing two runs — one earned — on three hits. She struck out six and walked three.
Sophomore Lina Palmer-Kahananui went the distance for Kealakehe (2-3, 4-5) in taking the loss. She gave up seven runs — five earned — on six hits, striking out nine and walking four.
At the plate, Leisha Nakagawa went 2-for-3, and Ashley Isisaki had a double for a Kealakehe team that scored all four of its run without the benefit of an RBI.
In the seventh, Isisaki scored from third on a wild pitch, and Tavian Taketa came home on a passed ball. In the third inning, Taketa walked and later scored on an error.
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Kealakehe 011 000 2 — 4 4 4
c Kohala 16, Konawaena 14: In Kealakekua, Tiana Luga picked up the win in the circle and drove in three runs at the plate, and the Cowgirls stopped the potential tying run from coming to the plate by throwing out a runner at home for the final out.
Trailing 14-8, the Wildcats scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh, with Saxon Nagata making it 16-14 on a two-out, two-run single to right field off reliever Ashlyn Van Zandt. Konawaena’s Bethany Batangan tried to score on the play, but second baseman Kiana Alejandro-Cazimero took a throw from right fielder Lai Coito-Bello and fired a strike to catcher Tomiko Coito, who tagged out Batangan to end the game.
Luga pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 12 hits and two walks. She struck out two.
At the plate, Sheana Cazimero went 4-for-6 with an RBI, while Luga, Hauoli Sproat-Lancaster and Denae Rivera added two hits apiece for Kohala (1-4 BIIF, 3-6 overall).
Batangan pitched the first 1 1/3 innings and took the loss for the Wildcats (2-3, 4-5). She allowed seven runs on four hits, walking two batters and striking out none.
Syleesia Jose, who finished 3-for-4, and Jayssa Grace each had three RBIs, while Nagata and Kaua Mitchell both went 2-for-3.
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Konawaena 301 130 6 — 14 13 6
c Kamehameha-Hawaii 20, Ka‘u 5: Kekailani Wong Yuen and Janell Cameros each had three hits for the host Warriors in a game that ended after four and a half innings because of the league’s 10-run mercy rule.
Gayla Ha-Cabebe and Mykala Tokunaga added two hits apiece, and Samantha Simmons picked up the win in the circle for Kamehameha (4-0 BIIF, 8-1 overall).
Shaylin Navarro took the loss for Ka’u (0-4, 0-9).
c Kamehameha-Hawaii 3, Keaau 1: The Warriors took advantage of three Cougars errors in the fourth inning to score all of their runs in a well-pitched game at home.
Makoa Rosario opened the fourth by reaching on a error for Kamehameha (4-0 BIIF, 6-2 overall). He raced to third on Jordan Hirae’s single and tied the game at 1-1 by swiping home on the front end of a double steal. Hirae scored when Kupono Decker’s grounder was misplayed, and Decker came home with the third run on another error.
Micah Carter pitched three innings and picked up the victory, allowing one run on four hits and three walks. Alika Young threw four hitless innings, walking two and striking out three, to get the save.
Jonathan Segovia finished 2-for-3 for Keaau (2-2 Division I, 2-5), which outhit the Warriors 4-3. He gave Keaau a 1-0 lead in the third inning with an RBI double to left field that plated Byron Cachola, who had walked. Cody Silva drew a walk to put runners on first and second, but Carter retired the final two batters of the third on flyouts.
Keian Kanetani started and pitched five inning to take the loss. The freshman yielded three hits and three unearned runs, with a strikeout and two walks.
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