Statement win for Wahine

March 15th, 2012

That 3-1, 10-inning win by the University of Hawaii softball team over No. 1/2 Cal will make the college softball community that hasn’t already take the Wahine seriously.

Or at least it should.

Many of the sport’s elitists didn’t take UH seriously two years ago when the Wahine bashed their way to the Women’s College World Series because they saw UH as a one-dimensional team.

They were somewhat wrong then, but would be really wrong now if they cling to that view.

UH (23-1) is still a power-hitting squad, as evidenced by Jessica Iwata’s walk off, two run blast to beat the Bears — and 34 team homers in 24 games.

But the Wahine pitching and defense is better than two years ago, as well as their ability to manufacture runs.

Senior Stephanie Ricketts and junior Kaia Parnaby were good pitchers in 2010. Now they are routinely dominant and sometimes unhittable, even against top-level competition.

Parnaby threw a no-hitter Wednesday against Marist as UH bounced back from its first loss of the season, 4-0 on Tuesday against Texas. Ricketts allowed a home run in that loss, but bounced back to handcuff Cal for 10 innings on Thursday.

If they close out the Chevron tournament by beating Texas A&M and Winthrop, look for the Wahine to climb into the top ten in both polls next week.

Bob Coolen has fielded some fine teams over the years, but this is starting to look like it might be the best.

13 Responses to “Statement win for Wahine”

  1. Will Espero:

    Yes. Looks like the best U.H. tesm ever!

  2. al:

    nice win by the wahine.

  3. bleedgreen:

    Glad I was there to feel the excitement and euphoria of the incredible win. Go Wahine!

  4. Paco:

    I’m glad I caught the last few innings of that game last night. Iwata hit a laser to end the game! I also have to say I really enjoy Santi doing color. I think she is excellent in every sport she does!

  5. BI:

    Give me a break. Santi talk too much. Dave V. should tell her to tone it down.

  6. cruisecontrol:

    Yeah, I like the job Santi does, too. She seems very knowledgeable about many sports and adds a lot of interesting comments to help viewers like me who maybe don’t understand all facets of the game to enjoy it more.

    UH pitching is a pleasure to watch. The hitting seems to be down just a little lately, but hopefully they can get it back up. This team is awesome.

  7. Bud:

    I thought the ’10 team was more potent offensively with Gonsales and Rodrigues, also seems like Majam was better in her freshman year. Pitching this year is definitely better though and will keep us in games against anybody.

  8. Oahu Grown Chick:

    I turned on the T.V. just in time to see Henderson make that final pitch to Iwata, and all I could do was scream!!!! Great game indeed! Hat’s off to the Wahine, this IS the best Wahine Softball team!

  9. slenzi:

    Yes, they called the 2010 team one-dimensional but they lost to Tennessee ( i thinkt) the Vols were one-dimensional too, but it was pitching. Sure Tennessee had hitting and defense too, but their squad rarely got to field an infield ball, let alone an outfield ball, and often only had to score one run to win. Congrats to the new, improved, and dangerous Wahine!

  10. hosssana:

    Sorry, I can’t get too excited when the softball team beats California then comes back and loses to Texas A&M….I am not a pessimist but the wahines can’t hit as it shows when both Texas teams struck out 30 wahine batters…..if the team was consistent, yes, but they lack the hitting and consistent pitching against good competition to compete and though they might make it into the regionals, that is where their season will end….in the regionals as good pitching will end any hopes or dreams of them reaching the World Series like they did two yrs. ago. Yes, I can appreciate the Wahine softball record but 75% of the wins were against powder puffs so until they can win back to back wins against top competition , then and only then will I respect the Wahine and their record.

  11. slenzi:

    aieee – hoss da harsh

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