Warriors beat Na Ali’i in last game of weekend match-up

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Photo by Kalani Ruidas

Senior Cody Pundyke slides safely into second base. After advancing base-by-base, he was eventually tagged out as he sprinted for home, but the Warriors won this 3/26 game against King Kekaulike High School, 6-3.

By Kalani Ruidas, Staff Writer

WAILUKU-The baseball players of KS Maui and King Kekaulike have been in opposition all weekend, playing each other three days in a row. Today, the Warriors triumphed over Na Ali’i, 6-3, at Maehara Baseball Stadium.

They also won on Thursday, 6-4, but lost Friday’s game, 4-2.

The Warriors scored one run in the first inning, another four in the second, and a final run in the fifth.

Senior pitcher Lika Fujihara gave up no runs in the first four innings. At the top of the fifth inning, Fujihara switched out with junior Nazareth Thibodeaux after giving up the three Na Ali’i runs for the day.

“I just fell out of rhythm,” Fujihara said.

At the top of the fourth inning, junior Jarred Pulido and senior Pono Ho’opi’i made two outs in a cool double play. Pulido tagged his player at second base then fired to Ho’opi’i, who leaped for the catch and landed just in time to get the out at home plate.

“We have a great coach that gives us insight and teaches us the best and most efficient way to make plays like that,” Pulido said.

Head Coach Brandon Kanamu was proud of the team’s win.

“The kids showed a lot of heart. They played the game with pride and they take care of each other, which is very important in baseball,” Kanamu said.

The baseball Warriors are set next to play Lahainaluna at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday, March 31, at Maehara Baseball Stadium.