BIIF Division I softball: Mercado guides Kealakehe to second championship

  • Hilo’s Hope Barclay scores in the BIIF championship game against Kealakehe. The Waveriders won 11-7. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kealakehe’s Caitlyn Nakamura is safe at second base in the Waveriders BIIF championship win against Hilo on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Hilo’s Kawehi Augustin gets tagged out at second as the Waveriders beat the Vikings 11-7 for the BIIF championship Saturday afternoon.

  • Waverider pitcher winds up at the BIIF Championship game against Hilo on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

  • Kealakehe celebrates its 11-7 win over Hilo for the BIIF championship on Saturday. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA – Kealakehe softball coach Loni Mercado didn’t want to know the score, chided an onlooker for yawning during a tight game and joked that she actually put on shoes for this occasion, the BIIF Division I championship.