LIHUE — Kyana Hirokane ended her freshman year at Taft College in California by being named to the All-Conference First Team and Academic All-Conference 2014 spring team in the California Community College Athletic Association, Central Valley Conference.
Hirokane, familiar to Kauai High School softball fans as the stout first baseman and the big stick in the batter’s box, finished the year with a 3.5 grade point average while playing softball at Taft College.
“Playing softball at college is definitely a big transition,” Hirokane said in an email. “The level of competition is tougher, and competing for defensive positions on the team is something you need to work for.”
Hirokane started at third base for coach Stephanie Walsh.
“After playing second and first base throughout my entire high school career, when I got to Taft, I was the starting third base person for the entire season,” Hirokane said.
She finished the season with a .500 batting average, including slugging a pair of doubles and a single for two runs batted in during the the Cougars’ 6-1 finale over West Hills College in April.
She finished the season with a home run in fall ball and followed that with three home runs, four triples, 12 doubles, and 40 hits in 94 at-bats during the conference season.
“Entering my sophomore year, I hope to accomplish the same goals, plus more,” Hirokane said. “I also want to keep making my family proud.”