Sharks, CaneFires duel to 0-0 tie
Hits hard to come by against starters Venters, Kimura
Johnny Venters struck out five over five innings for the Honolulu Sharks and Cyle Hankerd collected three hits for the West Oahu CaneFires on Wednesday as the teams battled to a 0-0 tie.
Venters, a Braves prospect, allowed three hits and did not issue a walk while lowering his ERA to 3.12. Unscored upon in two of his last three starts, he is 2-2 with 22 strikeouts over 26 innings in six Hawaii Winter Baseball starts.
The 23-year-old left-hander missed the 2006 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and made 12 appearances this year, going 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA at three Minor League levels.
Braves first base prospect and Hawaii native Kala Ka'aihue went 2-for-4, while Tony Cruz (Cardinals) singled for the Sharks (14-14).
Hankerd singled three times in four at-bats to raise his average to .295. The 23-year-old Diamondbacks outfield prospect has more than one hit in four of his last 10 games. Kyle Peter (Tigers) and Caleb Gindl (Brewers) had the other hits for the CaneFires (14-14).
West Oahu starter Fumikazu Kimura of Japan's Saitama Seibu Lions allowed only a fifth-inning single, hit two batters and struck out four over five frames.
Steve Conley is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.