UH's Peiler selected all-region in softball
University of Hawai'i sophomore outfielder Brandi Peiler yesterday was named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA West Region second team.
Active members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association make the selections. By earning the regional honor, Peiler is eligible for the All-America teams, which will be announced during the Women's College World Series next month.
"I was kind of surprised," she said. "I didn't expect anything."
Peiler was not named to the Western Athletic Conference all-star team. The West Region chooses the best from three conferences, including the WAC.
Peiler, who transferred from Hawai'i Pacific last summer, adjusted to Division I softball.
"It was definitely a change," she said. "The caliber of play is different. The coaching is different. The facilities are bigger."
Peiler worked out daily, losing 17 pounds from the start of the season. In 47 games this past season, Peiler hit .336 with nine home runs.
She will spend the summer working in a law office and coaching a softball team.
MAUI WIN HELPS U.S.
Maui's Beth Arnoult-Ritthaler helped the U.S. team to a sixth-place finish at the World Team Cup matches in Brasilia.
Arnoult is the top-ranked American woman in wheelchair tennis. She played No. 1 singles for the U.S. in the competition that is comparable to the Davis and Fed Cups.
The U.S. opened by sweeping Spain, with Arnoult and Karin Korb winning singles matches. The Americans lost to Canada in the second round, with both singles falling before Arnoult and Jan Procter won doubles.
The U.S. swept Italy to move into the fifth-place match, where it fell to Korea. The match was decided by the doubles, with the Koreans winning 7-6, 7-6 over Korb and Arnoult.
The U.S. Quad team won the 33-country Cup.
Kailua native Danyelle Hedin was named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of May 2 to 8.
Hedin was named Outstanding Wrestler at the FILA Junior Nationals on May 6 after winning the 121-pound title during the Body Bar Women's Nationals at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.