You could tell just by the way Kapa’a pitcher Chasare Labuguen fired the ball on Wednesday night against Waimea that the Warriors mean business this season.
Although they remain the youngest squad this year, Kapa’a seems to be playing with a lot more confidence and swagger.
The Warriors went the distance (7 innings) against Waimea in the KIF softball opener, which was something that they weren’t able to accomplish all of last season.
Top returnees include Labuguen, Makaleka Ferreira, Stephanie Kawamura, Cassie Mundon, and Ella Arume.
Head coach Rory Rayno has a small squad made up of 11 players, with one senior (Labuguen).
The key addition to the team is sophomore Jocelyn Enrique, a first-year player, who is a steady hitter and solid behind the plate.
Enrique, who attends a public charter school and isn’t enrolled at Kapa’a, is allowed to play under a state rule that allows public charter school students to play high school athletics in their home district.
Leilani Laranio, who comes from a talented softball playing family, should chip in for the Warriors this year.
Sophomore Amber Pigao, freshman Tyra-Lynn Hepa, junior Brittany Salvador, and sophomore Lokelani Manaku make up the rest of the 2005-06 Kapa’a softball team.
- Duane Shimogawa Jr., sports editor, may be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 257) or firstname.lastname@example.org