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09/28/2008 4:09 AM ET
Tejada, Sharks roll past BeachBoys
Mets infield prospect delivers bases-loaded triple in third
Ruben Tejada finished fourth on the St. Lucie Mets with 55 runs scored this past season. (Jerry Hale/


Mets prospect Ruben Tejada had two hits, including a bases-loaded triple, as the Honolulu Sharks opened the Hawaii Winter Baseball season Saturday with an 8-4 triumph over the Waikiki BeachBoys.

Tejada, an infielder who turned 19 earlier this month, hit .229 with 37 RBIs in 131 games for Class A Advanced St. Lucie this past season. But he singled in his first at-bat, then cleared the bases to cap a four-run third inning that gave Honolulu an 8-0 cushion.

Blue Jays outfield prospect Eric Eiland chipped in two hits and two RBIs, while Cardinals farmhand James Rapoport doubled, walked twice, drove in a run and scored once for the Sharks (1-0).

Josh Stinson (1-0), who split the season between St. Lucie and Class A Savannah, allowed two unearned runs on two hits while striking out three in three innings for the win.

Honolulu spoiled the professional debut of BeachBoys starter Andrew Brackman (0-1). The Yankees' first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft missed the regular season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and surrendered seven runs -- six earned -- on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings.

Marquez Smith, a Cubs infield prospect who helped Daytona capture the Florida State League championship, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and delivered an RBI single for the Waikiki (0-1).

Yuji Onizaki of Japan's Yakult Swallows chipped in two hits and an RBI and scored twice for the BeachBoys.

Daren Smith is an editor for This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.