HWB Dish: Braves Venters Shuts Down BeachBoys

Honolulu 2, Waikiki 0

Braves left handed prospect Jonathan Venters shut down Waikiki with five innings of three hit ball, striking out five. Venters picked up his second win in Hawaii Winter Baseball and lowered his ERA to 3.00 for the campaign. The Sharks bullpen then combined to throw four innings of one hit ball, led by Braves prospect Michael Broadway, who threw two perfect innings striking out two. Rockies prospect Andy Graham picked up the save with a one hit ninth. Graham now leads HWB with three saves. Sharks catcher Tony Cruz (Cardinals) led the offense with a 3-for-4 day driving in one and stealing a base. The BeachBoys started Japanese left hander Mitsuo Yoshikawa (Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters) had another solid outing throwing five innings of two-run ball (one earned) and striking out five in the loss. Yoshikawa is now second in the HWB league in ERA at 2.41. Waikiki relievers, right handers Javy Guerra (Dodgers) and Steve Edlefsen (Giants) combined to throw four innings of one hit ball.

West Oahu 7, North Shore 5

West Oahu left fielder Logan Schafer (Brewers) led the charge with four RBIs in the CaneFires 7-5 win over North Shore. Schafer went 3-for-4 with two runs, a double, and a homer. West Oahu also got great offensive contributions from first baseman Chris Hatcher (Marlins) who was 3-for-4 and scored three times. CaneFires catcher Wally Crancer (Orioles) added a solo shot in the victory. West Oahu starter left hander Chris Salberg (Orioles) got the win with four innings allowing one run and striking out three. CaneFires right hander Andrew Hess (Tigers) threw three innings of one hit relief lowering his ERA to 1.84. North Shore’s offense was led by right fielder Kenji Sato (Chiba Lotte Marines) who went 3-for-4 with a run, a double, and an RBI in the losing effort. Honu designated hitter Ryan Kalish (Red Sox) stole his league leading tenth base.