Tag: Na Koa Ikaika Maui
The Na Koa Ikaika Maui team played an exhibition game against the Ishikawa Million Stars (BC League) today. Eri Yoshida took the mound in the 5th inning and gave up a run on a balk. Maui managed to score a run in the 7th inning, but the run was later erased as the game was called after 6 innings because of rain. Ishikawa beat Maui 2-0.
The two teams are scheduled to play another exhibition game on Tuesday. Yoshida is expected to start he game for Maui.
About 1,800 fans showed up for the second and final game between the Ishikawa Million Stars and Na Koa Ikaika Maui on Wednesday. Ishikawa beat Maui 1-0.
Eri Yoshida made a one inning appearance for Maui: one hit, one strikeout, no runs.
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).
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).
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.