Rodrigues to pitch against Chicago State

THE GARDEN ISLAND

Despite having been pulled in the third inning against 12th-ranked Wichita State Shockers this past weekend, the University of Hawai‘i’s Mark Rodrigues continues to be the baseball team’s top starter so far. He currently holds a 4-1 record with a 3.00 ERA in 27 innings pitched.

The senior from Koloa had his first bad start of the year on Sunday, allowing 5 runs in just 2.1 innings. That was his first loss of the year. The Shockers swept the ‘Bows 3-0, making it the first time the ‘Bows were swept at home since 2004.

Rodrigues is expected to start in one of the five games against Chicago State, starting today at the Les Murakami Stadium. This rare five-game series for the ‘Bows ends this Monday. Today’s game starts at 6:35 p.m.

Friday’s and Sunday’s games will be broadcast on Honolulu’s ESPN 1420 and KFVE the Home Team.

‘Big Wave Invitational’ closes its holding period

Event organizers for Quiksilver’s “Big Wave Invitational In Memory of Eddie Aikau” announced the official closing of the competition.

The event invites 24 of the most accomplished paddle-in big wave riders in the world. Those invited this year were Kaua‘i’s Bruce Irons, seven-time world champion Kelly Slater, Australia’s Ross Clarke-Jones and Aikau’s younger brother Clyde. The winner would’ve earned $55,000.

In the 22-year history of the event, it has only been held a total of seven times, due to stringent wave height requirements that keep the emphasis of the event true to the spirit of big-wave rider Aikau.

The holding period began December 1, 2006 and ended yesterday, the final possible day for competition.

The last time it was held was in December of 2004, when Irons was the victor. The event will return in December of this year.

Honoring big wave surfer and lifeguard Eddie Aikau, the invitational can only be held when the surf measures at least 20 feet (on the Hawaiian scale) for a full day of competition.

Boys 14 Under hoops start Monday

Two games are on tap for this Monday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center as the County of Kaua‘i launches its 14 and Under Boys Basketball spring season.

C-Town, with coach Daniel Simao at the helm, will open the first game against Laukona, coached by Edwin Yasay starting at 6 p.m. That contest will be followed by Wailua under coach Talbert Tacbian tangling with Island Athletics, coached by Brian Inouye, starting at 7 p.m.

There are eight teams that make up the spring season field. The first four make their debut Monday with the second four taking to the court on Wednesday at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center.

These include the Lihu‘e Lakers, coached by Peter Rayno, taking on Kaulupono with coach Kawika Smith tipping off at 6 p.m. Cecil Gee will pit the Gee Unit against Team Central with coach Clarence Sales starting at 7 p.m.

Games are played three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays with locations either at the Kalaheo Neighborhood Center or the Kaua‘i High School gym.

The season ends on April 9.

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