For 5 innings it was a good ‘ole fashioned pitcher’s duel. Then the offense’s came alive as Wapahani scored 5 times in the top of the 7th to pull out an 8-2 win over Monroe Central.
Seniors Brayton Miller for the Golden Bears and Zack Thompson for Wapahani each pitched 5 scoreless innings Thursday evening.
Miller got a doubleplay to get out of a jam in the 2nd and used a strikeout to erase a threat after Thompson got a 2-out triple in the 4th.
Thompson struckout the entire Golden Bear line-up the first time around. MC put a runner in scoring position in the 4th but Thompson again struckout 5 of the next 6 hitters to keep MC at bay.
In the 6th with one out, a single and stolen base followed by another single put the first run on the board. Thompson then helped his own cause with an RBI triple and scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0.
The Golden Bears came out swinging in their half of the 6th. With the first two Bears retired, Beau Combs tripled and Seth Wilson was hit by a pitch. Nakya Brown had an RBI single as did Logan Conklin to cut the lead to 3-2. Runners were stranded at 2nd and 3rd.
In the 7th, Wapahani threatened with a single, an error and a wild pitch put a runner on 3rd with no outs. Monroe Central made two solid plays to hold the runner and record outs and it appeared as if the Bears would escape unscathed. Wapahani scored a run on a wild pitch then broke it open. For the inning, the Raiders took advantage of a hit batter, a dropped third strike, two wild pitches, an error, a passed ball, a stolen base, and 3 hits.
Thompson, a University of Kentucky recruit, helped his own cause going 3-for-4 on the night with two triples, a double, and 3 RBI’s. On the hill he finished with 19 strikeouts.
For MC, Combs was 1-for-2 with a triple and a run, Brown and Conklin each had RBI singles, and Wilson scored a run.
Miller threw 6 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 earned runs, one walk and three strikeouts. Combs worked 1 inning in relief allowing 2 hits, 4 runs, 0 earned runs, and one strikeout.
4th ranked Wapahani improved to 18-6 while the Bears are now 15-9. MC will host Frankton in a twinbill Saturday starting at 11 a.m. It is Alumni Day which starts with breakfast at 8 a.m.