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BIIFbaseball:KeaauralliespastKonawaenatoremain

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ItsnotthatararedoseofwinningismakingthegameofbaseballmorefunforKeaau.
No,coachHerbYasuharasaid,theCougarsnaturallyenjoythegamethisseason,andwinningistakingcareof
itself.
KeianKanetanikeyedafourrunrallyinthesixthinningwithhisfourthhitTuesday,andKeaaubeatvisiting
Konawaena65inaBigIslandInterscholasticFederationgame.
TheCougarsare40forthefirsttimesinceYasuharafieldedhisinitialvarsitysquadin2003.
Itsnotsurprisingsincewematchupprettygoodwiththeteamsweveplayed,Yasuharasaidofwinsagainst
DivisionIIschoolsKohala,HawaiiPrep,HonokaaandtheWildcats.Theseareteamswelosttointhepastwhenwe
didnthaveenoughweapons.
Keaauisonspringbreakthisweek,andYasuharasaidheofferedtheCougarsadayofffrompracticeonTuesday,
buthewasrebuffed.KeaauplaysitsfirstDivisionIopponentFridaywhenitvisitsHiloatWongStadium.
Theywanttopracticeeveryday,Yasuharasaid.
KeaauhasneverwonaBIIFtitleorbeentotheHHSAAtournament.
Onebigdifferencethisseason,Yasuharapointedout,wastheenergybroughttotheteambyyoungassistantsTJ
Yasuhara,RTEbesuandJensenSato,eachofwhomisaformercollegeballplayer.
Whattheybringtothetableisthattheyareabletodemonstratemore,Yasuharasaid.Betterthantheoldguys.
Konawaena(13)hastormentedKeaauinrecentyears,buttheWildcatslosttheirthirdstraightafterpushingacross
threerunsinthetophalfofthesixthtotakea52lead.
KonawaenastarterStevenTexeirawassolidthroughfiveinnings,buthefalteredinthesixthashispitchcountgrew.
TheCougarsloadedthebasesontwowalksandaByronCacholasingle.AnsonKauweandRileyCostawalkedto
drawKeaauwithin54,KanetanissingletiedthegameandJustinQuesadassacrificeflyputtheCougarsahead.
Theywerehavingahardtimegettingitover,soweweretakingthefirststrike,Yasuharasaid.Inthepastour
pitchershadahardtimegettingitover,butnowtheyrebattling.
Attheplate,thekidsarebuyinginmorewiththetwostrikeswing.Inthepast,itwasthreepitchesandsitdown.
KanetanigotthewininreliefofQuesada,allowingthreerunstwoearnedonthreehitsandawalkwithtwo
strikeouts.Infiveinnings,Quesadastruckoutfiveandwalkedthree,yieldingfourhitsandtworuns.
KoluAlaniwas3for3forKonawaenawithtwoRBIs,includingarunscoringsingleinthesixth.Buthealsotookthe
lossinreliefofTexeira,whothrew90pitchesandgaveupfiverunson10hitsandfivewalkswiththreestrikeoutsin
51/3innings.
SkyeSuzukisRBIsingleputKonawaenaahead21inthesecond,butKanetanisrunscoringsingleinthefifthtied

thescore.
Cacholafinishedwithtwohitsandtworunsscored.
Konawaena0110030570
Keaau101014x6111
Kamehameha8,Kealakehe3:DaylenCalicdanpitched32/3scorelessinningsinrelief,andKobiCandaroma
batted2for4withtwoRBIsastheWarriors(30)madetheirBIIFdebutattheirastroturfKameeiamokuField.
CandaromaandfreshmanDallasJDuarteeachfollowedwithascorelessinning.ReeseMondinastartedandwent1
1/3inningsandallowedthreeruns.Duartealsobatted2for4withanRBI.
KeokiMeyerswentfourinningsandallowedsevenruns(fourunearned)inthelossfortheWaveriders(12).
PohakuDelaCruzbatted2for4toleadKealakehe.
Kealakehe0300000363
Kamehameha131210x893
Hilo4,Honokaa3:RJRagualhittwodoublesandNoahHigaGonsalveswas2for3astheVikingswonatWong
Stadiumtoeventheirrecordat22.
JoeyJarneskipitched12/3inningsofrelieftogetthewin.
JeremyCharbonneauhadtwohitsfortheDragons(04).
CadenPerreiratooktheloss,working61/3innings.