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Team News:

"Down to the wire..."

By Kevin Kacatin
April 19, 2011

HONOLULU, Hawaii --Aloha Rainbow Wahine Softball fans!

Congratulations are in order for Rainbow Wahine pitcher Kaia Parnaby for winning the WAC Pitcher of the Week honor for her performance this past weekend against the Lady Techsters of Louisiana Tech!!!

Parnaby, a sophomore from Bilgola Plateau, NSW, Australia, went 1-0 with a stellar 0.00 ERA in a 4-0 complete-game win over Louisiana Tech, she scattered four hits and tied her career high with 12 strikeouts. It was her fourth shutout and 13th complete game of the season.

Overall, Parnaby is 11-3 with a 0.99 ERA with just 22 walks while striking out 115. In conference action, Parnaby is 3-1 with an astonishing 0.51 ERA and two shut outs in five appearances.

Since 2010, the pitching staff for the Rainbow Wahine have been the envy of many NCAA Division I programs. While Kaia Parnaby wins this week's WAC Pitcher of the Year honor, her teammate and fellow pitcher remains another steady and dominating force in the circle for the Rainbow Wahine.

Junior Stephanie Ricketts currently is 18-10 with a ERA of 1.57 and 207 strikeouts. In conference play, Ricketts is 5-3 and boasts a fabulous ERA of 1.97 with 50 strikeouts.

NCAA Division I women's fastpitch softball is a marathon and the Rainbow Wahine Softball program is blessed to have not just one, but two capable pitchers that could start for ANY Division I program in the country.


We are just counting down the final two home series for this season as the Rainbow Wahine play host to two of the WAC's top teams. The Rainbow Wahine will host Boise State with a single game at 6pm on Friday, April 22nd, and a double-header on Saturday, April 23rd starting at 4pm.

Next weekend the regular season concludes at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium as the Rainbow Wahine host New Mexico State with a single game at 6pm on Friday, April 29th and on Saturday, April 30th with a double-header beginning at 4pm. The traditional senior night ceremonies are set to begin following the double-header as usual.

The Boise State Broncos (26-15 overall, 9-3 WAC) find themselves amongst the Western Athletic Conference softball elite. Only in their third year of Division I competition, the Lady Broncos are on the rise and will present another challenge to the Rainbow Wahine.

The Lady Broncos are 21-4 when scoring the first run. It seems pitchers Aubray Zell (10-2), Lela Work (4-5), and Allie Crump (11-5) thrive off of working with a lead, but what pitcher doesn't?

Allie Crump seems to be getting the majority of the work in the circle with an ERA of 3.96 and 95 Ks after 100.2 innings pitched. Aubray Zell boasts the best ERA of all with 1.65. Zell, after 85 innings has struck out 78.

In assistance to their pitching corps, the Boise State Broncos have not allowed errors to cost them victories. They are 7-7 when committing NO errors, 11-3 while committing 1 error in a game, and 8-5 when committing multiple errors.

The juice of this team seems to be with their offense. Boise State has out-hit their opponents to their victories with a record of 22-1.

Leading the way for the Lady Broncos is Devon Bridges with 11 homers on the year, batting .406 and slugging .764. Allie Crump is next in line batting .366, slugging .643, with 9 homers on the season. Five batters in the Bronco order are batting .362 and slugging .549 collectively amongst themselves, as an entire team, Boise State is batting .309 and slugging at .463. The top five batters in their lineup include Devon Bridges, Holly Bourke, Allie Crump, Kellie Caplan, and Tazz Weatherly. All five have contribute to 26 of the team's 39 home runs on the season.

As for speed on the bases, Kellie Caplan is 12 for 15 on stolen base attempts and Tazz Weatherly is 12 for 14. Both players account for more than 60% of the team's 39 stolen bases. Holly Bourke (5-5) and Mackenzie Whyte (4-4) have been flawless with their limited stolen base opportunities.


All current booster club members who signed up as of March 25th received invitations to our first ever organized function to take place on senior night, April 30th, following the double-header against New Mexico State. As noted in the invitations sent out via email and regular mail (for members that have not provided us with an email address), it will a "family" affair of sorts where our booster members can meet and greet our 2011 senior class and partake in the fellowship of other booster members and the rest of the Rainbow Wahine Softball "ohana". For booster members that have sent in their membership application after March 25th, you will be contacted individually. ***If you have NOT received this invitation and are a member signed up BEFORE March 25th, please contact Kevin at***

On another note, all current booster club members as of March 11th received order forms for our exclusive Under Armour "Na Wahine Softball Booster Club" polo shirts. As noted in the order form, the deadline was on Friday, April 15th. Orders received will be processed this week and shirts will be ready for distribution either at the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on Saturday, April 30th or via mail order as selected by each purchaser. This is our second batch of orders and we will be sending out a third set of order forms for members signed up with the Na Wahine Softball Booster Club after March 11, 2011 at a date soon to be determined. A portion of the sales of these booster club polo shirts go directly to the Rainbow Wahine Softball program.

We will be continuing our "Foul Ball Promotion" this Saturday, April 23rd during the second game of the double-header against Boise State. The first game starts at 4pm. Please listen for the official announcement from the PA announcer on game day. Fans that catch a foul ball off a Rainbow Wahine during the designated inning will be able to exchange the game ball with a Na Wahine Softball Booster Club representative for an official "H" logo softball and it is suitable for autographs. Only foul balls batted off a Rainbow Wahine that finds it's way into the stands in the confines of the Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium during the designated inning are eligible for this promotion.


Just a shout out to Alex Aguirre for her update on the last road trip.



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