Local softball players and coaches from ties to Hawaii participated in the NCAA Tournament’s first weekend, which started on Friday.
Jocelyn Alo, who is the NCAA’s all-time home run leader, added a home run to her record on Friday in a 14-0 mercy rule win over Prairie View in round one. This brought her total to 113.
With a win over Texas A&M Saturday, the Sooners moved to 51-2 for the 2022 seasons. They have two chances against the Aggies Sunday to earn a spot at the Super Regionals.
Keila Kamoku, Ole Miss second baseman, and Kamehameha Warriors alum, made an immediate impact on her first NCAA Tournament game, smacking a homer against Loyola Marymount.
Although the Ole Miss Rebels lost to the Lions in their first-round matchup on Friday, they managed to avoid elimination by winning 9-5 against Grand Canyon. Kamoku scored a run and drew a walk. Ole Miss will face LMU late Saturday night to earn a spot in Sunday’s regional against No. 5 UCLA.
Weber State boasts two neighbor island players, Aliya Harmon, and Saree Ann Kekahuna, both Baldwin alums. After losses to Texas and Lehigh the Wildcats were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament. Harmon and Kekahuna played sparingly with Harmon appearing as a pinch runner.