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Ishikawa Million Stars to play two exhibition games against Na Koa Ikaika Maui

by on Jul.11, 2012 @ 11:41 pm, under Independent

The BC League's Ishikawa Million Stars are currently in Maui to play a two-game series against Na Koa Ikaika Maui (North American Baseball League).

A little more about the series from the Maui News' Robert Collias:

Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, July 6, 2012 – The Valley Isle's only professional sports team, Na Koa Ikaika Maui, is honored to welcome the Ishikawa Million Stars of Japan to the island of Maui for an exciting International Exhibition Series. The series will be held at Iron Maehara Stadium in Wailuku on Tuesday July 10th and Wednesday July 11th, with Maui set to visit the Million Stars in Ishikawa in September.

Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday July 10th start at 4:45pm. First pitch is 5:35pm for both games. This historic event re-ignites a friendship (between Japan and Maui) that has been built on the mutual love of the game of baseball. That friendship began back with Maui Legend (Olowalu-born) Wally Yonamine moving to Japan (after spending time with the SF 49ers), starring with the Yomiuri Giants from 1951 to 1962. He was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994. It was continued in the 1990’s with Winter League Baseball.

... Yoshida, the 20-year-old "Knuckle Princess" from Japan, is expected to start on the mound for Na Koa in Wednesday's game.

According to Daily Sports, about 800 fans watched Maui beat Ishikawa on a walk-off on Tuesday (can't find the score).

Eri Yoshida did not play in the game, but did take part in the ceremonial first pitch -- she was the catcher.

After this series ends, the two teams are scheduled to play another in September in Kanazawa (Japan).