Solid pitching and defense, combined with timely hitting, led Molokai to dominate St. Anthony in two games played in Kaunakakai over the weekend.
David Rapanot, Kamakana Duvauchelle-Andrade and Ryan Rapanot led Molokai’s offensive onslaught that resulted in 28 runs over two games. Meanwhile, the Farmers held the Trojans to only two runs in two games.
On Friday, Kaoli Place struck out eight batters on his way to a five-inning, complete game shutout. Place also had a pair of doubles in the 11-0 victory.
Molokai’s David Rapanot went 2-for-4 with a triple, Ryan Rapanot went 2-for-2 with a double and Kamakana Duvauchelle-Andrade batted 2-for-3.
Saturday’s game started slower but ended after four innings in a 17-2 Molokai blowout. The scoring didn’t begin until a second inning, bases loaded triple by David Rapanot opened the floodgates. Jubi Tabalango also hit a triple in the secdond inning, helping Molokai to four runs.
Two throwing errors in the third inning by St. Anthony helped Molokai tally seven runs, keyed by a Ryan Rapanot double.
Ryan Rapanot put in a solid performance pitching Saturday. He also knocked in two runs. Place also hit a double in the victory.
The Farmers improve to 3-1 in Maui Interscholastic League Division II play.
Molokai has two more home games this coming weekend against Lanai at Duke Maliu field in Kaunakakai. Friday’s game begins at 3 p.m. and Saturday’s first pitch is 10 a.m.