Marissa Layosa was concentrating on her batting, despite the fact that practice had already closed yesterday afternoon.
But Layosa was only four years old, and the practice was for the Junior Olympics 10-and-Under teams.
“These are the combined Central teams,” said Darrell Borrero, one of the coaches for the squads. “Their first game is on Tuesday.”
Helping Borrero was the reason Layosa got to be on the field with the aspiring softball players — older sister Randee, an athlete in her own right, was working with fellow Kaua‘i High School athletes Wailana Borrero and Alyssa Carvalho as part of the coaching staff.
Coach Darrell’s wife, Kris Borrero, said the 10-and Under program will have a total of six teams that will be playing games on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at fields spanning Kapa‘a to Hanapepe.
“Central has two teams, Kapa‘a has one team, Waimea will field one team and Hanapepe will have two teams,” Kris Borrero said.
Tuesday night, the season opener, Central 2 will host Lightning 1 in a single game at 5:30 p.m. at Isenberg. On Wednesday, games will be played at 5:30 p.m. at Hanapepe and Kapa‘a fields. Lightning 2 will debut against Waimea in the Hanapepe contest while Kapa‘a will host Central 1 at the Kapa‘a field.
Next Saturday’s schedule will have three games at the Waimea field starting at 9:30 a.m. In that contest, Waimea will host Central 2 followed by Lightning 2 hosting Kapa‘a starting at 11:30 a.m. The final game will feature Central 1 and Lightning 1 starting at 1:30 p.m.
There is no admission charge to watch and cheer the aspiring young ladies.
First round for the 10 and Under ends on June 6.
In the Girls 14 and Under program, Coach Darrell said Central, who won a tight game against Waimea 11-9 Wednesday, will host Kapa‘a in a double-header today starting at 9 a.m.
As the girls filed out of the field, Darrell watched Marissa go through her workout with Coach Wailana.
“She’s only four, but she already has potential,” Darrell said. “Look at how she holds the bat.”