UH softball team sweeps past Troy
Traci Yoshikawa, who belted a solo homer in the second inning, hit a sacrifice fly with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the eighth as Hawai'i beat Troy, 2-1, last night to complete a sweep of a softball doubleheader at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.
In the opener, the Rainbow Wahine scored 12 runs in the first inning to beat the Trojans, 19-3, in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule. Both teams have 14-8 records.
Winning pitcher Kaia Parnaby (8-3) allowed eight hits and an unearned run while striking out nine and walking none in the nightcap. Losing pitcher Ashlyn Williams gave up four hits and one earned run while striking out 12 and walking three.
In the first game, Yoshikawa had two hits and three RBIs, Rachel Paragas hit a three-run homer and Kelly Majam hit a solo shot for the 'Bows.
Hawai'i sent 16 batters to the plate in the first, using six singles, four walks and three errors to overcome a 1-0 deficit.
UH's Stephanie Ricketts (5-5) allowed five hits and one earned run.
TROY (14-7) 101 01— 3 5 4
HAWAI'I (13-8) (12)02 5X—19 12 3
Sally Ward, Haley Hutchins (1) and Belinda White; Stephanie Ricketts and Katie Grimes. W — Ricketts (5-5). L — Ward (2-2).
Leading hitters — Troy: Courtney Cherry 2-run HR; Sarah Shields 2-2. Hawai'i: Jessica Iwata 2-4, 2B, 3 runs; Amanda Tauali'i 2-3, 2 RBIs, Jenna Rodriguez 2-3, 3 runs; Traci Yoshikawa 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs, Rachel Paragas 3-run HR; Kelly Majam HR.
TROY (14-8) 000 00— 0 1 4
HAWAI'I (14-8) 713 00—11 8 0
Ashlyn Williams and Belinda White; Kaia Parnaby and Katie Grimes. W — Parnaby (8-3). L — Williams (10-6).
Leading hitters — Troy: Nikki Holletts 1B, RBI. Hawai'i: Traci Yoshikawa 2-3, HR, sac fly, 2 RBIs.
CLINIC AT WAIPAHU
The 2010 Hawaii Winter Baseball High-Performance Clinic will be held March 20 at Hans L'Orange Park in Waipahu.
The clinic, sponsored by the Hawaii Winter Baseball Foundation, is for youth coaches and parents. It is free, but limited to the first 200 registrants. To register, contact Merv Yoshimoto at HAWAIID7LLB@hawaiiantel.net.
Instruction will be provided by ex-major leaguers Lenn Sakata and Benny Agbayani, Na Koa Ikaika Maui coach Brendan Sagara and ex-minor leaguer Collin Tanabe.
Others aspects of the clinic are:
Sports vision—Drs. Ron and Geoffrey Reynolds.
Physical therapy—Physical therapist and former minor leaguer Curt Watanabe.
Scouting—Tampa Bay Rays scout Casey Onaga.
The clinic runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with check-in at 2:30.
Food and refreshments will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, toiletries or children's items. All will be donated to the Women's Domestic Abuse Shelter.
Ron Romano, Executive Director of the USTA Hawai'i Pacific Section, is the Professional Tennis Registry Member of the Year for Hawai'i.
Romano has been leading the section for eight years. His efforts have helped raise almost $400,000 for after-school tennis programs in underserved communities. He also volunteers his time to teach wheelchair tennis, tennis for the deaf, and tennis in prison and is involved in the "Play to Learn Tennis Program" offered at 25 public park sites. The program reaches some 8,000 youth and adults each year with affordable and accessible tennis lessons.
Romano also helped bring professional tennis back to O'ahu with the $15,000 Men's Futures the past six years and, in January, a $50,000 Men's Challenger. He serves on the USTA Pro Circuit and Rules & Regulations committees.
LEE STRIKES GOLD
Stephany Lee, a 2002 Moanalua High School graduate, was one of three U.S. wrestlers to capture gold medals Sunday in the championship finals at the Klippan (Sweden) Lady Open.
Lee won the title at 158.5 pounds.