Posted permission, article and pictures, courtesy of University of Hawaii Hilo
HILO, Hawai’i–The UH Hilo softball team went one-and-one with Chaminade on senior day. Four seniors played their last game at the UHH Softball Field including: Angel Prewitt, Nikki Zielinski, Alana Alvarez, and Skylar Thomas.
After today’s games, the Vulcans (17-20, 13-15 PacWest) finished fifth in the PacWest Conference behind No. 1 Concordia, No. 2 Azusa Pacific, No. 3 Biola, and No. 4 Hawai’i Pacific.
UHH won their first game 4-1 over CUH (16-25, 12-20 PacWest) and suffered a 2-1 loss in the second.
Game One: UHH 4, CUH 1
The Vulcans had a breakthrough in the third inning, scoring the first run of the game 1-0. Senior Nikki Zielinski and Angel Prewitt got the inning going with back-to-back singles. Zielinski ended up scoring off a first and third play where Prewitt was thrown out at second (1-0).
The Vulcans extended their lead in the fourth inning with another run (2-0). Brandee Chinen led off with a base-hit bunt and eventually scored off of a sacrifice fly by Chloe Domingo (2-0).
The Silverswords made it interesting in the sixth where they scratched a run on the board (2-1), but the Vulcans answered in the bottom of the inning with two more insurance runs (4-1).
Jayda Favela singled to continue the sixth and Brandee Chinen got on by a Silversword error. Favela eventually scored off a fielder’s choice and Chinen scored off another CUH error (4-2).
Malia Risdall started in the circle and was eventually replaced by Tehani Seto who closed the game out for the Vulcans. Seto had one strike out in 3.2 innings of work.
Game Two: CUH 2, UHH 1
The Silverswords bounced back in the second game, getting the first run on the board in the top of the fourth (1-0). The Vulcans quickly answered back with a matching run in the bottom of the inning (1-1).
Brandee Chinen singled to lead off the fourth and was picked up by a Taisha Bratton double (1-1).
The Silverswords kept the pressure on and ended up scoring the game-winning run off of a walked batter and two hits (2-1).
Alexis Lacy started the game on the mound for UHH. The Freshman allowed four hits and two runs while striking out four batters. Sara Bhatt came in relief for 2.1 innings, successfully shutting down the Silverswords. Bhatt allowed no hits while striking out three batters.