HWB Dish: Hankerd has Big Night


Waikiki 9, West Oahu 8

West Oahu left fielder Cyle Hankerd (Diamondbacks) had a huge night on Wednesday. Hankerd went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, two home runs and five RBIs. The homers were the first two Hankerd has hit the HWB league after he hit just five in 436 at-bats this season for Double-A Mobile. Hankerd had a good bit of support in the game as the BeachBoys scored eight runs in the losing effort, but the other big blow came from fellow Diamondback prospect second baseman Mark Hallberg who added a solo shot in the fifth. The offense for Waikiki was a bit more spread out. Canefires first baseman Yonder Alonso (Reds) delivered their biggest blow with a two-run homer in the fifth to give Waikiki the lead for good. Alonso is now tied for second in the HWB league with three home runs. CaneFires designated hitter Buster Posey (Giants) had another good night, his second back in the HWB, going 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Waikiki got good production from Dodgers outfield prospect Alfredo Silverio who went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI, as well as third baseman Marquez Smith (Cubs) who went 1-for-2 with a couple runs scored, a double and two RBIs.

North Shore 7, Honolulu 0

North Shore had four pitchers combine to shut out Honolulu on Wednesday night 7-0. Honu right hander Jason Godin (Royals) led the way going five innings scattering seven hits and three walks while striking out six. North Shore’s offense cam from Astros top prospect catcher Jason Castro who went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double, and a solo homer. Honu left fielder Matt Mcbride (Indians) also got into the act with a 3-for-4 night including two runs and a solo homer. The other big offensive night for North Shore came from right fielder Kenji Sato (Chiba Lotte Marines) who went 2-for4 with a run, a double, and two RBIs. Honolulu right hander Satoshi Nagai (Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles) turned in another solid outing despite getting the loss. Nagai went five allowing five hits, two runs, one walk, and striking out six. Nagai’s HWB league ERA now stands at an outstanding 1.50, tops among starters in the league.