HWB Dish: Sharks Win Fifth Straight

Honolulu 6, North Shore 3

On the strength of first baseman Kala Ka’aihue’s (Braves) two home runs, Honolulu doubled up North Shore 6-3 for its fifth straight win. Ka’aihue now shares the lead in the Hawaii Winter Baseball with three home runs after going 2-for-4 with a three-run homer and solo shot. Sharks leadoff hitter Shiintaro Masuda (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) had a perfect night for Honolulu, as the shortstop went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Sharks lefthander Jonathan Venters went 4 2/3 innings, allowing only one run and striking out four. Venters got a no-decision, leaving the game in a 1-1 tie before Ka’aihue got going. The Honu offense got a solid night out of Astros catcher Jason Castro, who reached base three times by going 2-for-4 with a walk. First baseman Chris Carter (A’s) added a 1-for-4 night with a double and a run scored in North Shore’s losing effort.

West Oahu 1, Waikiki 1 (10 Innings)

Pitching ruled in the contest between Waikiki and West Oahu. West Oahu lefthander Chris Cody (Brewers) went five inning, allowing only one run and two baserunners. Waikiki lefthander Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Nippon Ham Fighters) had another solid outing, throwing five innings allowing no runs and only three baserunners. Yoshikawa lowered his ERA to 2.63 for the winter. The offense was pretty non-existent, but BeachBoys left fielder Todd Frazier (Reds) went 2-for-4 with two doubles and drove in their lone run. Frazier now leads HWB with 14 RBIs. The CaneFires offense was led by first baseman Mark Hallberg’s (Diamondbacks) RBI double, and shortstop Brian Friday (Pirates), who went 2-for-4 with a double.