After undergoing shoulder surgery, Trayden Tamiya, a 2018 Waiakea graduate, lost one year at UH Hilo. He then sat out the 2020 COVID-19-shortened season at Air Force due to transfer rules.
He finally stepped into the batter’s box his uniform was blue-and-white the colors of the United States Air Force.
In 2021, he only made nine starts. However, he is the starting second basemen this year. He is as a junior. He is one of four Falcons who have started all 51 games in 2022.
Tamiya’s batting average is .263 and he has had 10 doubles, 2 triples as well as 4 homers. He has 35 RBIs and 35 runs scored with only 2 errors. Tamiya has a.991 fielding percent.
The Air Force had recruited Tamiya in high school. He just was not ready to move to the mainland.
After spending a year at UH Hilo. Unfortunately, he injured himself in the BIIF championship game and had to have surgery. His college career was put on hold.
Tamiya decided it was time for him to go out on his own. Air Force was still interested in him during his recovery.
Air Force did not make the four-team Mountain West Conference tournament in Tamiya’s inaugural season. However, Air Force is tied with Fresno State at 13-14 going into the final week.
From Thursday through Saturday, the Falcons will play a three-game series against sixth-place New Mexico. The Fresno State Bulldogs will close their season with three games at Nevada who is currently in second place.
The MWC tournament will take place in San Diego, May 26-29.