HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The wait is over for the Rainbow Warrior baseball team as the ‘Bows get set to open their 2019 campaign this weekend in a four-game series against Portland at Les Murakami Stadium.
“(Just) excited that we don’t have to continue practicing,” said head coach Mike Trapasso. “Baseball is one of those games that once the season starts, you just want to play. I wish we were in the old days of playing 85 games like professional baseball just play everyday.”
While Hawaii can’t play seven days a week like Trapasso wants to, the ‘Bows will play its first 20 games of the season in Honolulu to start the season - quite the homestead for the only Big West program to return two First Team All-Big West players in Maaki Yamazi and Dylan Thomas.
But Thomas, who recorded a staggering 1.85 ERA in 2018, won’t be apart of opening weekend due to a minor injury.
“This blister is something that can turn into a chronic thing if you just keep trying to grind through it,” Trapasso said. “We’re just gonna shut him down. He’s not happy about it, nobody’s happy about it but we’ve got 16 weeks of baseball staring at us and it doesn’t make sense to grin through something that affects performance.”
Despite not having Thomas on the mound against Portland, the ‘Bows will still be able to roll out pitchers Jeremy Wu-Yelland, Aaron Davenport and Dominic Demiero through Saturday. Sunday’s starting pitcher has not been announced yet.
Game 1 of Hawaii’s four-game series against Portland begins Friday, February 15th. First pitch is set for 6:35 p.m. HT at Les Murakami Stadium.