Manoa (KHNL) - When the first pitch of the 2009 season is thrown on Friday it will come from the strong arm of Kaneohe boy Jayson Kramer.
It will also fulfill a lifelong dream for the senior right hander.
"I can still remember I was sitting right up there, season tickets in section-B or something like that watching guys like Billy Blanchette, Todd Takayoshi was my favorite player back then, it's a real honor to start playing my senior year," said Kramer.
In his past three seasons with the bows, Kramer's primarily entered games in relief. But this year, head coach Mike Trapasso is handing the ball to the Mid-Pac grad.
"We wouldn't be putting him in a rotation unless we believe he can pitch well, and he has the capability to do that, he's got the stuff and he's got the ability and we're just looking forward to him going out and competing," said Trapasso.
Being put in the rotation is something all pitchers strive to earn, and to get the nod is something Kramer appreciates.
"For coach to pick me to fill that role is a real honor for me, I always seek to find his approval and I finally got it and he's giving me my shot," said Kramer.
Something he's looking to make the most of. WhenU H faces 9th ranked UC Irvine on Friday, it'll be against their highest ranked opponent of the year.