Through four innings, Kamehameha couldn’t solve Kealakehe left-hander Richard Kaluau by swinging the bat.
In the fifth, the Warriors stopped trying to, manufacturing a three-run rally with two bunts Saturday en route to a 7-1 victory in a BIIF baseball season-opener at their field.
Rydge Ishii earned the victory with three innings of shutout relief after taking over for Justyce Ishii, and he also had the only hit during the go-ahead rally.
With one out, Kalani Marquez was hit by a pitch, but he could have been erased had the Waveriders executed a pickoff play when Marquez raced to second and beat a high throw.
Rydge Ishii layed down a bunt single that was misplayed for an error allowing Marquez to score, and Kalai Klask-Hoopii’s bunt also was misplayed for a three-base error.
DallasJ Duarte tacked on a sacrifice fly, and the Warriors scored four runs in the sixth, highlighted by Klask-Hoopii’s two-run single.
In five 1/3 innings, Kaluau was charged with seven runs (four earned), six hits and four walks with three strikeouts.
Kaluau and Toby Estrella each collected two hits for the Waveriders, who will be back in East Hawaii on Tuesday to play Waiakea.
Rydge Ishii was 2 for 2 with two runs scored, including an RBI single in the sixth.
Justyce Ishii allowed a run in the fourth when he issued a leadoff walk to Felix Guerpo, who eventually came around to score. He yielded five hits with a walk. Rydge Ishii allowed two hits with a strikeout.
In a rematch of last season’s BIIF Division II championship series, six-time league champion Kamehameha hosts Hawaii Prep on Tuesday.
Kohala 17, Ka’u 2: Mikayla Kekoa doubled with two hits and drove in three runs while picking up the win the circle in Pahala, and Kayla Kealoha cracked three doubles and finished with three RBIs as the Cowgirls improved to 2-1.
Missy Fernandez (double) and Pili Kaai finished with two RBIs apiece for Kohala, which scored six runs in the first and five in the fifth to win by TKO.
Rebekah Polido-Kalili had a double and two RBIs for the Trojans (0-3). Shailani Vierra was the losing pitcher.
Hawaii Prep 16, Pahoa 1
Hawaii Prep 13, Pahoa 3: Hillary Connors struck out eight in the first game and she ended the second game with a two-run double in the fifth as Ka Makani swept a doubleheader at home.
After Connors allowed only two hits in four innings, Kiai Lindsey took over the pitching duties and allowed five hits in victory with two strikeouts.
Emily Fong and Payton Au had two hits apiece for HPA. Kamalani Noll was 2 for 3 with an RBI double for the Daggers (0-3).
In the first game, Connors and Lindsey each had RBIs singles in the first as HPA (2-2) scored 14 runs.