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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Tuesday, March 5, 2002

Sing Chow dominated ILH hitters

By Wes Nakama
Advertiser Staff Writer

Kamehameha's Leo Sing Chow compiled a 10-0 record and 0.32 ERA during the Interscholastic League of Honolulu season. She also batted .441, while hitting in the middle of the order.

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Even on a team with several outstanding softball players, Kamehameha senior Leo Sing Chow stood out as the best.

She unquestionably was the Warriors' — and the Interscholastic League of Honolulu's — top pitcher, going 10-0 with an earned-run average of 0.32 during the regular season. That included a no-hitter with seven strikeouts against ILH runner-up Iolani and a no-hitter with seven strikeouts against University High.

But she also helped herself at the plate, batting .441 from the middle of the order.

Not surprisingly, Sing Chow was named the ILH's Player of the Year in a vote of league coaches.

She leads a contingent of seven from Kamehameha on the all-star first team. The other Warriors are first baseman Kate Robinson, second baseman Samantha Sardinha, third baseman Sharee Fonoti, shortstop Ashley Ruff, left fielder Brandi Peiler and center fielder Gina Cummings.

The large representation reflects the Warriors' murderous batting order, which featured Ruff (.425), Robinson (.500), Peiler (.548), Sing Chow (.441), Cummings (.528), Fonoti (.343) and Sardinha (.455).

All also were solid defensive players, and Ruff was a big threat on the base paths.

"We had a lot of good hitters, but she's the one who got our offense going," Kamehameha coach Ty Sing Chow said, referring to Ruff.

The University of Hawai'i also recognized Ruff's talents, signing her to a full scholarship offer.

But throughout the ILH season, Sing Chow, a hard-throwing left-hander with killer movement, was the Warriors' dominant player. In addition to the two no-hitters, she pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts in a second game with University, a two-hitter with 11 strikeouts against Sacred Hearts and a two-hitter with five strikeouts against Punahou.

In a second game against Sacred Hearts, Sing Chow pitched a six-hitter and went 2-for-3 with a home run to lead the Warriors to a 5-1 victory.

Sing Chow reportedly is considering a scholarship offer from UH-Hilo.

Ty Sing Chow, Leo's uncle, was named Coach of the Year after guiding Kamehameha to a 14-0 record in the regular season.

Iolani, with outfielder Maile Sylva (.412) and pitcher Ianeta Lei (9-2), and University, with pitcher Kehau Yamaguchi (6-7) and designated hitter Brianna Tsukamoto (.375), were the only other schools to place more than one player on the first team.

Punahou catcher Natalie Fujimoto (.392) and Sacred Hearts utility player Amber Juan (.488) round out the team.