Hawaii Prep’s baseball team hit the ball well in the Cougar Invitational last week at Konawaena, and that performance at the plate carried over into Ka Makani’s Big Island Interscholastic Federation season opener.
Junior Ian Rice went 3-for-3 with two homers and five RBIs, and sophomore DJ Sekiya pitched a three-hit shutout as HPA blanked perennial Division I power Hilo 13-0 Saturday in Waimea.
The contest ended after four and a half innings because of the league’s 10-run mercy rule.
Koa Ellis and Mike Nakahara both went 2-for-3, and Kalan Camero was 2-for-2 for Division II HPA (1-0 BIIF, 1-0 overall), which had 11 hits.
Sekiya, who walked one batter and hit another, had no strikeouts.
“He didn’t overpower anybody,’’ HPA coach Jordan Hayslip said of Sekiya. “We just played good defense behind him, and he had very good control.
“He mixed his speeds and locations really well.’’
Rice blasted a three-run homer in the first inning, then highlighted an eight-run third with a two-run shot.
“He always hits the ball well — he just got a hold of those two today,’’ Hayslip said.
Senior Kian Kurokawa took the loss for Hilo (0-1, 1-1).
Hilo 000 00 — 0 3 3
HPA 308 2x — 13 11 1