Eri Yoshida has signed a contract with the Na Koa Ikaika Maui (North American League).
From the the Maui News:
The 5-foot-1, 19-year-old knuckleballer from Japan will rejoin manager Garry Templeton, coach Garry Templeton II and outfielders Mitch Einertson and J.J. Sherrill on Maui's roster. Last season, all of them were with the Chico Outlaws.
Elder said Yoshida, nicknamed the "Knuckle Princess," is to start twice during a 14-day homestand that begins Monday - on July 9 against the Calgary Vipers and on July 16 against the Yuma Scorpions.
"Garry is familiar with her," Elder said. "She's ready to go, we have acquired her rights from Chico, she has agreed to a contract and we are excited to have her. She's legit with that submarine knuckleball that she has."
And from Robert Collias of the Maui News:
Is this a publicity stunt, a move to get fannies in the seats at Maehara Stadium? Perhaps, but that is what happens in minor league baseball, especially of the independent variety. For a team averaging 407 fans through 17 home dates and with summer in full bloom, the time is now to get fans in the stands. Ownership for the first two seasons of this incarnation of pro ball on Maui — each different groups — have told me the break-even number is an average of 1,000 fans per game.
She also had another start with Samurai All Japan since my last update on 6/25.
June 27 vs FBA Sharks - Yoshida started the game and gave up 5 earned runs over 5 innings. She also walked 6 and struck out 3.