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Choy Foo PacWest player of the week

by Chris Alcantara, associate Sports editor

The Hawai‘i Pacific University softball team’s shortstop Brandy Choy Foo racked up enough impressive numbers to earn PacWest player of the week and Easton Tournament of Champions MVP April 4-6.

At the 20-team Division II tournament hosted by CSU-Stanislaus, Choy Foo proved an unstoppable offensive force in helping carry HPU to the semi finals. The junior shortstop batted .588 for the weekend tourney and stole four bases on four attempts. Choy Foo also led the tournament in slugging percentage with .824 and on-base percentage with .632.

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“She had been in somewhat of a slump,” said HPU Head Coach Howard Okita. “But everyone knew it was only a matter of time before she broke out.”

 

Her performance throughout the 11-game, week-long road trip was the driving force for HPU as the team picked up victories against CSU-Chico, CSU-Dominguez Hills, and CSU-Sonoma. Choy Foo batted 12-for-30 with two doubles, a triple, four runs-batted-in, and five stolen bases for the week.

Choy Foo, a Waimanalo resident, graduated from Kailua High School in 1998 and chose to join HPU despite being heavily recruited by a number of Division I schools including Arizona and UNLV (Nevada-Las Vegas). After contributing to three straight Hawai‘i state softball championships for Kailua, Choy Foo was named the state Player of the Year as a senior. She also was named the Kailua High School Female Athlete of the Year as a senior and earned both OIA (O‘ahu Interscholastic Association) and all-state honors all four years of playing.

It turns out softball is not her only experience on the diamond, as she also not only played on, but started at second base for the Kailua boy’s baseball team in her junior and senior seasons.

“She (Choy Foo) is such a great athlete, I think she had just been over-trying lately,” said Okita. “But I told her that if she could hit the ball like that against those better northern California teams in the tournament, then she should have no problem just continuing that for the remainder of the season against PacWest teams.”

As a freshman at HPU, the human resources major played in 45 games, mostly as a designated hitter. A presence at the plate even then, Choy Foo was known for coming through with clutch hits and RBI’s including a game-winning home run against CSU-Humboldt in the PacWest tournament. She then redshirted the next season before returning in the 2001-2002 season to become the starting shortstop. She ended up leading the team in seven offensive categories including batting average (.356) and home runs (5).

“She is a great player. I mean she came out of high school as the state player of the year, but the thing with any sport is consistency,” said Okita. “If she can stay consistent, she will continue to succeed on the field.”

 

 

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