Get ready softball fans, the season is here. HPU
women’s softball is back for an action-packed season that
is expected to be better than ever. Softball enthusiasts can look
forward to a young team full of raw talent and speed, in addition
to the power for which the Lady Sea Warriors have traditionally
The Lady Sea Warriors opened their season on Feb. 5 at Sea Warrior
Field with a doubleheader against the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
HPU split with UA-M, taking the first game 6-5 and losing the second
Early in the first game, the Cotton Blossoms took a 4-0 lead in the
top of the first inning when Becca Tipton hit a grand slam off HPU
pitcher, Clerisse Lemke. The Cotton Blossoms would score another
run off the Sea Warriors in the third inning, giving them a 5-0 lead.
After trailing 5-1 for the early part of game one, the Lady Sea Warriors
came back in the fourth inning with senior Anuhea Young scoring HPU’s
first run on an RBI double. The sixth inning would bring the score
to 5-3, with two more runs scored on a walk and a wild pitch.
The bases were loaded in the seventh inning after a walk and consecutive
hits by HPU’s Krystal Plunkett and Casey Sugihara. Another
walk and wild pitch would tie the game, stranding runners on second
and third base. Junior Nicole Kalakau came across the plate for the
winning run after UA-M pitcher Leah Vaughn threw to first base off
a hit from senior Lehua Yap.
It was a combination of walks and small hits that won us that game,” said
Kalakau. “It was a battle, but I think we did well considering
that Arkansas was a really good team. It was nice to see some competition
right off the bat.”
HPU did not fare so well in the second game, losing 3-1. Despite
an impressive six strikeouts from sophomore pitcher Courtney Kessell,
and comparable hitting from junior Jessica Adolph and Sugihara, UA-M’s
offense outshined HPU. A combination of opportune hits from the Cotton
Blossoms, an RBI single from UA-M’s Meredith Heckel, and a
sacrifice fly from UA-M pitcher Kate Brady would give the Cotton
Blossoms the lead in the third inning. A sacrifice fly in the sixth
inning by senior Kara Wedemeyer would give HPU a run, but the Lady
Sea Warriors were unable to come back.
HPU plays on Feb. 10 against BYU-Hawai‘i at Sea Warrior Field.
The first pitch is scheduled for noon.