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Lady Sea Warriors softball an early hit

by Kalamalama staff

Preseason outlooks for Sea Warrior softball focused on pitching and solid defense, both trademarks of teams led by co-head coaches Howard Okita and Bryan Nakasone. But the team’s bats also produced February heat, and the HPU Lady Sea Warrior softball team got the 2004 season off to a great start, posting a 7-1 record and out-scoring the opposition 50-19 in the process.  

 

 

Senior shortstop Brandy Choy Foo, a Kailua High School graduate from Waimanalo, pounded out a team high .481 batting average in eight games en route to being named Pacific West Conference Player of the Week on Feb, 23. Choy Foo went 8-for-15 in four gamed played the previous week for a .533 average, a .867 slugging percentage, and a .562 on-base average. (Slugging percentage, a good measure of power hitting, is calculated by the total bases a player earns divided by the number of times at bat.)

Choy Foo, a human services major, is quietly easing into a team leadership role. Team sources describe her as low-key, the kind of player who leads by example. (Given her slugging percentage it’s surprising no one has thought to claim that “Choy Foo walks softly and carries a big stick.”) With a team-high 13 runs scored thus far, she has certainly set HPU on the path to a 2004 post-season.


Sophomore catcher Jennifer Baron added muscle to the offensive barrage, pounding out a .407 average thus far, with a .778 slugging average and a team-high two home runs and a .500 on base average.

The Lady Sea Warriors currently lead the conference with a combined .350 batting average. Pitchers Malia Sullivan and Jessica Parra solidified the HPU defense, holding their opponents to a .166 batting average over eight games.

Sullivan, a right-hander from Sun Valley, Calif., has a 3-0 record with thus far only a .084 earned run average. Parra, another right-handed pitcher, from Phoenix, Ariz., threw for a 3-1 record and a 2.43 ERA. Coupled with a defense that thus far leads the league in fielding percentage, HPU can feel optimistic about its chances of going to conference play.

 

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