Since her freshman year at HPU, Sullivan
has managed to juggle a rigorous schedule by enrolling in six
classes each semester for 13-16 credits, including three- to
four-hour science labs. She practiced softball for three to four
hours a day, six days a week, with games on the weekends, while
still making time for her personal life with her boyfriend of
three years, Allen Brooks.
Sullivan pitched in her last and final game with the Lady Sea
Warriors May 8 at HPU’s Hawai‘i Loa campus, beating
Chaminade University 4-2. She will “walk away” after
appearing in 18 games this season and winning nine of them. She
played 12 complete games with three shutouts and finished her
career with a 1.94 E.R.A. She also hit a line drive into centerfield
to bring in HPU’s fourth and final run against the Silverswords
in that final game.
Malia has exceeded a lot of our expectations,” said HPU
softball Co-Head Coach, Howard Okita, “and she’s
improved every year.”
Sullivan said establishing herself as a pitcher for the Lady
Sea Warriors was a challenge, but dealing with conflicting
personalities on the team was an even bigger challenge. She
had her personal
and social life to deal with, as well as family life back
home, and on top of all that she still had school.
“I’ve learned to be a stronger and more open person from
my years here with the team,” said Sullivan, “I advise
aspiring softball players to not take the game too seriously
and just have fun. After all, it’s softball, not your
Sullivan attended John Burrows High School where she played
softball for four years as starting pitcher, alternate
centerfielder, and offensive slapper under Head Coach Pat
As a pitcher she captured Burbank’s Tournament MVP title
in 1999. She was All-District Pitcher in 2000 and First Team
Pitcher in her senior year.
Sullivan also lettered four years in basketball and earned
another Tournament MVP Award as the starting forward in
2000. She graduated
an accomplished student—a member of California’s
Scholastic Foundation, as well as an accomplished athlete.
Sullivan recalls how even in hard times, “There was always
lots of laughter in our house. My family is the best team I have
ever been on,” said Sullivan.