CaneFires win fifth straight
Peter collects three hits, scores twice to defeat Sharks
Tigers prospect Kyle Peter went 3-for-5 with two runs scored Wednesday as the West Oahu CaneFires beat the Honolulu Sharks, 5-1, for their fifth straight win.
Peter continued his solid stint in Hawaii Winter Baseball with his seventh multi-hit game. He reached on a bunt single in the first inning, singled and scored in the third and had another base hit and scored in the seventh.
The 22-year-old outfielder, who batted .263 at Class A West Michigan this season, raised his fall average to .368.
Pitcher-turned-first baseman Adam Loewen (Blue Jays) also had three hits and scored a run, while Mark Hallberg (Diamondbacks) went 3-for-4 with an RBI for West Oahu (18-14).
A day after clinching the West Division title and a spot in Sunday's Championship Game, the CaneFires got a combined five-hitter from three pitchers. Fumikazu Kimura (1-2) of Japan's Saitama Seibu Lions yielded one run on three hits over five innings, walking three and striking out four, for his first HWB victory.
Andrew Hess (Tigers) followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings and Sean Gleason (Orioles) worked around a hit and two walks in the ninth.
Honolulu starter and Braves prospect Johnny Venters (2-3) was charged with two runs -- one earned -- on nine hits with four strikeouts over five frames.
Michael Taylor (Phillies) drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to force in the lone run for the Sharks (16-17), who fell 1 1/2 games behind first-place Waikiki in the HWB East with two to play.
Daren Smith is an editor for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.