Nakasone, a recently retired deputy fire chief
for O‘ahu’s Federal Fire Dept., will now be able
to fully dedicate himself to coaching this year’s team
in addition to spending more family time with grandson Dylan.
Nakasone is well known for his intense physical workouts, crafty
strategies, and mental toughness in game situations.
Coach Okita’s job is to recruit the players who will work,
practice, and study hard to get the job done. Okita is known
for doing most of his recruiting here in Hawai‘i. “It’s
much easier than reviewing tapes and getting feedback from some
person on the mainland that I barely know,” said Okita.
Okita reminds his players each year that while winning games
is important, winning in the classroom is more important. Seeing
his players graduate with a degree is his number-one priority,
Under the direction of Okita, Nakasone, and Assistant Coach,
Michelle Fukumoto, HPU’s softball teams have accumulated
numerous achievements at both the athletic and academic levels.
The Sea Warriors captured their first season victories against
Chaminade University Feb. 5 at Palolo Valley District Park,
beating the Silverswords to win both games
6-2 and 5-2.
HPU went on to split two with the University of Hawai‘i-Hilo Feb. 20,
losing early in game one to the Lady Vulcans 6-2, and upsetting UHH to capture
two, winning 4-3.
After a goodnights rest, the Lady Sea Warriors traveled to
La‘ie to sweep
BYUH on their home field 11-3 in game one, and 6-0 in game two.
In their game against the Seasiders, HPU brought out their
big guns,newcomers Brandy Peiler and Nicole “Shu-shu” Kalakau, to hit two homers for
the Sea Warriors, helping HPU score six runs in the fourth inning. Kalakau
finished 2-4 at the plate in game one while Peiler went 1-5.
Other freshmen who proved they could hang with the big dogs
were Lia Petrina, who went 2-4, and Kellie Nishikida, going
2-2 with an RBI.
Petrina helped end game one by picking off BYUH’s first base runner attempting
to steal second,with a throw from the homeplate catcher, Anuhea Diamond.
You can tell they (the freshmen) really want to win,” said Diamond of her
young teammates, “They practice hard. They deserve to be starting.”
It couldn’t have been a better lineup as Peiler, Petrina, and Nishikida
teamed up in game two to score three straight runs in the first inning for
the Lady Sea Warriors.
HPU took advantage of the Seasiders by scoring three runs off
errors to win game two, 6-0.
Peiler was the driving force behind game two, giving up only
five hits to the Seasiders and then holding them scoreless
the rest of the game.