JV boys baseball Warriors upset Lunas

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Photo by Dylan Godsey

Kaimi Gilliland dashes for first base. The Warriors of KSM took on the Lunas of LLHS and won 18-16 at Eddie Tam Field in Makawao.

By Dylan Godsey, sports co-editor

MAKAWAO–With a comeback victory from what seemed to be a one-sided game early on, the Warrior JV baseball team of Kamehameha Schools Maui upset the Lunas of Lahainaluna in a seven-inning battle at Eddie Tam Park, yesterday, January 28, 2012. The Warriors put up an impressive 18 runs beating the Lunas by two.

“They didn’t give up, they made every play and executed,” Head Coach Jason Kane said.

The Warriors were down 5-0 in the third inning when they started to rally back. Chase Alexander brought in the first score for the Warriors off a pitcher error, and Koa Takeo ran in a second score ran in.

In the fourth, the Lunas seemed to be unstoppable, blowing the gap wide open and increasing their runs to 12.

The Warriors answered those runs with a few of their own–another run for Takeo and one for Cal Alexander. There were four walked in home runs for the Warriors between the fifth and sixth innings.

In the sixth inning, the Warriors took the lead, 18-16,  and eventually the game, holding the Lunas to 16.

The Lunas Head Coach Manu Kenolio said, “We played hard through four innings, then we started to slow down. We’re a pretty young team with only two sophomores, and the rest are freshmen…for our next game we have to work on our attitude because we get down on ourselves easily.”

The Warriors want to “keep playing smart and stop committing errors. We have to keep our attitudes up and keep encouraging everybody,” first baseman Aaron Kokubun said.

The Warriors will be taking on King Kekaulike for their season ender at Eddie Tam Field, Wednesday, February 1, at 3:30 p.m. The Warriors have defeated Na Ali’i in their one previous match-up this season.