WAIPAHU-Jip Richards scattered seven hits in eight innings and enjoyed early and often run support to help the Waikiki Surfers down the Kauai Menehunes, 10-1, Tuesday night in the third day of the Hawaii Collegiate Baseball League double-elimination tournament at Hans L’Orange Park.
The Surfers, the sixth seed of the six-team tournament, will play the fourth-seeded Kamuela Paniolos at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Surfers, who lost their first game of the tournament, must beat the Paniolos twice to win league title. The Paniolos, the only unbeaten team left, just need to win one.
Richards (5-2) allowed just a third-inning run and escaped a fourth-inning bases-loaded two out jam by striking out Anthony Martinez for one of his three strikeouts on the night. Daniel Wineski pitched a scoreless ninth to eliminate the Menehunes from the tournament.
The Surfers were relentless at the plate, scoring in six of the nine innings. Menehunes’ starter Ethan Bramschreiber (1-7) allowed seven runs (five earned), six hits and two walks with two strikeouts in four-plus innings.
Travis Israel led the Surfers’ 10-hit attack by a 3-for-5 game, scoring twice. Marshall Krupka and Michael Pratt each drove in two runs. Alexander Farkes drilled a solo home run to left in the ninth off Timothy Torsney. Krupka had two of the team’s five stole bases.