Punahou's Rick Nomura takes road less traveled to CWS with Dad's help

Punahou's Rick Nomura Shines at Arkansas

Rick Nomura helped lead the Razorbacks to Omaha last month becoming the first Hawaii High School grad to do so since Kurt Suzuki back in 2004.

The moment was even more special for Rick because he got to share it with his father Ron, a former University of Hawaii baseball player and coach. In 1980, Ron helped the Rainbow Warriors reach the College World Series, so got to relive some of his glory days with his son this summer.

Even as Ron celebrated in Omaha, he couldn't help but think what might have been if Rick had followed in his footsteps playing here at home, but UH never recruited Rick.

After not being recruited out of high school, Rick spent two years at junior college in Alvin, Texas.  His sophomore season in Alvin Rick Recorded a .388 batting average in 54 games with 71 hits, 13 doubles, 10 triples, one home run, 43 runs batted in and nine stolen bases.  Arkansas along with several other top Division I programs came knocking.  He chose the Razorbacks deciding to play in one of the toughest conferences in the country- the SEC.

And the fans in Fayetteville have embraced him with open arms bringing lei and palm trees to games.

Nomura finished 2015 batting .298 with 4 home runs and 20 runs batted in.

Despite offers to turn pro, Rick will be returning to Fayetteville for his senior season.