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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted on: Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Playing for Island Movers a boost for UH recruits

 •  2003 Island Movers' Roster

By Stacy Kaneshiro
Advertiser Staff Writer

Island Movers home schedule

At Les Murakami Stadium

June — 13: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 14: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 15: O'ahu All-Stars, 1:05 p.m. 17: West O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 18: West O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 19: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 20: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 21: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m.

July — 17: West O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 18: West O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 19: West O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 20: West O'ahu All-Stars, 1:05 p.m. 22: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 23: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 24: O'ahu All-Stars, 6:05 p.m. 25: Hawai'i Collegiate, 6:05 p.m. 26: Hawai'i Collegiate, 6:05 p.m. 27: Hawai'i Collegiate, 1:05 p.m. 29: San Mateo (Calif.), 5 p.m. (2). 30: San Mateo (Calif.), 5 p.m. (2). 31: San Mateo (Calif.), 6:05 p.m.

August—1: Hawai'i Collegiate, 6:05 p.m. 2: Hawai'i Collegiate, 6:05 p.m. 3: Hawai'i Collegiate, 1:05 p.m. 7-10: International Tournament (Kyushu Six University Baseball League, Tohoku Fukushi University).

Movers travel to Japan June 23-August 14.
A summer spent with the Island Movers helped last season's incoming freshmen for the University of Hawai'i baseball program.

Pitchers Keahi Rawlins, Guy McDowell and Rich Olsen played significant roles for UH. Outfielder/catcher Matt Inouye and second baseman Isaac Omura were named to the Freshmen All-America team.

Left-handed pitcher Kaimi Mead of Roosevelt is hoping the experience he gets this summer will prepare him for his freshman season at UH.

"We play a lot of games and it will help me get used to the atmosphere of a long season," said Mead. "I'll try to refine my pitches and make myself better."

The Island Movers, who opened practice yesterday, start the season Friday with a three-game series against the O'ahu All-Stars at Les Murakami Stadium.

Former UH and professional pitcher Richard Olsen, father of the UH pitcher, is the Movers' coach.

"The closer they get to facing (collegiate) competition, the easier it is for them to adapt," Olsen said of the success experienced by last year's UH freshmen.

The Movers play 46 games within about a two-month period. For Hawai'i high school players, that is more than double the number of games they play in a season.

Mead is one of two UH recruits who will pitch for the Movers. The other is Pearl City graduate Jonathan Serapion, who missed his senior season after breaking his leg during a preseason game. He pitched a scoreless inning in the SportStan Sugar Mill Classic on Memorial Day. That was his first outing since the injury.

"We'll move him along slowly," Olsen said.

Last year, the Rainbows did not have any players on the Movers because the head coach was UH volunteer coach Keith Komeiji. NCAA rules prohibit players from playing for their coach in summer leagues, but does allow recruits to play.

The only Rainbow on this summer's roster is Olsen's son. Otherwise, most of the team is made up of Hawai'i collegians at Mainland schools.

Olsen said Island Movers president Don Takaki wanted a UH presence on the team, even if it is only one player.

"With Keith there, we couldn't take a UH player," said Olsen, who was an assistant with the Movers last year. "He did a good job for us last year, but Don wanted a UH player on the team. As we travel, a part of us is the University of Hawai'i and transferring that good will. We try to keep that UH connection."

The Movers will play in Japan from June 23 to July 14. They will play games in Tokyo, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Sendai and Sapporo.

They close the season with an international tournament, Aug. 7 to 10, which features teams from Japan.

Olsen's staff is made up of Iolani intermediate coach Les Loo, Arizona Diamondbacks scout Scott Murray and Leilehua coach Garrett Yukumoto.

For ticket information, call 832-4805.

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2003 Island Movers
Name School (Hawai'i tie, if applicable)
RH Derek Akimoto Pacific U. (Iolani)
RH David Dierker Johns Hopkins
LH Shannon Kahale Sacramento State (Kamehameha)
LH Isaac Kamai Kamehameha
LH Chris Loo Pacific U. (Iolani)
LH Reid Matsushima UC Irvine (Punahou)
RH Tyler McCready Iolani (Sierra JC)
RH Patrick McGuigan U of. San Francisco (Mid-Pacific)
LH Kaimi Mead Roosevelt (UH recruit)
RH Richard Olsen UH (Iolani)
RH Justin Pate Concordia (Mid-Pacific)
RH Jonathan Serapion Pearl City (UH recruit)

Position players

Name School (Hawai‘i tie, if applicable)
OF Jonathan Ball Lewis & Clark College
C Jay Baptista Hawai‘i Pacific (Leilehua)
INF Kellan Briones Kamehameha graduate
OF Clayton Carson Brigham Young
C Gavin Concepcion Lewis-Clark State (Pearl City)
INF Cy Donald U. of San Francisco (Mililani)
INF Royce Fukuroku U. of San Francisco (Maui)
SS Troy Hanzawa Mid-Pacific
3B/1B Zachary McAngus Kamehameha graduate
SS Dane Marcoullier Cuesta JC (Mid-Pacific)
OF Travis McGaughy U. of San Francisco (Iolani)
3B C.J. Nelson Cameron
OF Gavin Ng U. of San Diego (Mililani)
OF James Strombach Sacramento State (Moanalua)
1B/3B Bradley Takamori Loyola Marymount (Iolani)
Head coach: Richard Olsen. Assistants: Les Loo, Scott Murray, Garrett Yukumoto.