Hilo Viking Xaige Lancaster hit a 3 run homer and went 4 for 4 with 5 RBIs, lifting the Vikings over the Keaau Cougars19 to 0. The game lasted 4 innings of the BIIF season opener on Monday.
Xaige Lancaster has commited and signed with New Mexico State. He took this game to impress MLB scouts at the Cougars Field. Scouts from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays.
Baba Lancaster, Hilo coach and Xaige’s father who took over the Hilo program in August of 2018, highlighted the fact that this year’s edition has the highest talent.
In his first year, Baba led the Vikings to the BIIF division I title in 2019. The following two seasons were lostdue to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The Vikings got an additional boost andurting their crosstown rival Cougars with the transfer of senior Eli Yamanaka. Yamanaka was the starting pitcher for the Vikings and earned the win after one inning. He walked 1 and struck out 1.
Yamanaka (right hander), plus three other pitchers, Hekili Robello (senior right-hander), Tyler Halemanu (senior left-hander) and Joydon Geraci (freshman left-hander), combined to create a no-hitter against verse the inexperienced Cougars (0-1). The Cougars struck out 10 times and walked 3 times.
Robello walked 1 and stuck out 3, Halemanu walked 1, and struck out 3 and Geraci struck out 3. Robello is the teams ace.
Cougar Robert Lucas-Medeiros allowed 13 hits, 6 walks, and had 4 wild pitches, which led to 12 first inning runs for the Hilo Viking hitters..
J. Kamakea, A. Bautista, K. Kaeo and L. Filoteo combined to pitch the final 3 innings. They gave up the final 7 runs.
Vikings Devin Saltiban, Kaikua Kukubun and Journey Leialoha each had 2 RBIs each for the (1-0) Vikings.
Tobey Jackson has signed with UH-Manoa. Kaynan Kaku and Elijah Haili signed with Wenatchee College. Wenatchee Collegeis a junior collegein Washington.