The Rainbow Warrior baseball team started off the 2018 season on the right foot, shutting out a dangerous Air Force squad en route to a 4-0 victory Friday night at Les Murakami Stadium.
Tonight’s victory over Air Force is the first time Hawaii has won a season-opener since 2012.
"It was a clean game, which is all you can really ask for on opening night," said Hawaii head coach Mike Trapasso.
Redshirt junior starter Jackson Rees was lights out from the mound, striking out six Falcon batters during his seven inning stretch, allowing six hits, one walk and zero runs.
"They're very good offensively," Trapasso said of Air Force. "You know, they led the nation in offense and for us to shut them out, that's a testament to how good Jackson was tonight."
Redshirt senior designated hitter Chayce Ka'aua got on base for the Warriors in the second inning courtesy of a wild pitch, allowing senior first baseman Eric Ramirez to drive him home.
Ramirez would later score in the same inning, followed by Dustin Demeter and Adam Fogel in the fifth to go up 3-0.
At the bottom of the eighth, Ka'aua was at it again as Ethan Lopez drove the DH home with an RBI-double to seal the 4-0 victory. Despite the win, Trapasso knows what his team will be up against as this series continues.
"It'll be totally different tomorrow," he said. "...But it's a good start. We got 50 or however many more, so can't get too excited about one when you have another one tomorrow."
The Warriors and Falcons return to Les Murakami Stadium on Saturday for game two of the four-game series. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. HT.
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