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Sunday, January 25, 2004



[ RAINBOW BASEBALL ]


Rainbows beaten
by history in
Alumni Game


Kenny Harrison demonstrated the meaning of offense for the Alumni yesterday, something that was lacking in the Hawaii Rainbows' game.

The Alumni also received shutout pitching from Sean Yamashita, Randy Weinstein, Justin Cayetano and Chris George to hand the Rainbows a 3-0 whitewashing before 454 fans at Les Murakami Stadium.

Hawaii was held to three hits and two of them never left the infield.

"That's the worst we've played collectively on offense in a long time," UH coach Mike Trapasso said. "We only hit three balls hard and that is something we have been doing well. We have to get back to work.

"I'll take seven innings and only two runs allowed from Rich Olsen any time. He was on a 65-pitch count and we figured five innings, but he only needed 66 to go seven innings."

The Rainbows missed a golden opportunity to get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when Brian Finegan and Derek Dupree walked to start the inning and Greg Kish blooped a single into right near the foul line after failing to lay down a sacrifice bunt.

Weinstein, a left-hander who pitched for UH from 1972 to 1974, then extricated himself from the make-no-mistakes situation by striking out Andrew Sansaver swinging and Nate Thurber on a called third strike. Weinstein ended the inning by getting Josh Green on a high fly to short center that Arthur Guillen raced in to catch.

Weinstein, 51, has made 11 consecutive trips to the alumni game and pitched hard ball in an over-40 league in Philadelphia until 2002.

"We were 0-for-3 with men on third and less than two outs and couldn't get a bunt down," Trapasso said. "We should have had four or five runs in the third and the game is over."

The Alumni got their first hit and run on the board in the top of the fourth. Lane Nogawa singled to left to start the inning but was erased on a double play.

Kenny "I Love That Shorter Right-Field Fence" Harrison fouled off two pitches before sending Olsen's 3-2 offering over the right-field wall.

"I wish that fence was like that when I played here 10 years ago," said Harrison, a Rainbow from 1990 to 1993. "The old man still has some juice."

Harrison belted his fourth home run in the last two alumni games when he connected off reliever Stephen Bryant in the ninth inning, a shot that cleared both fences.

He also doubled in the seventh and scored on a first-pitch single to center by John Matias (1986-89).

Yamashita (1999-2002) allowed one hit in two innings, Weinstein gave up one in two innings and Cayetano (2003) one in three innings. George (2002-03), who reports to the San Francisco Giants' minor league camp in March, closed out with a perfect eighth and ninth, fanning the side in the ninth.

"We had our rotation set up and figured they would have trouble with left-handers," Alumni coach Ron Nomura (1976-79) said.

"Some days you don't hit. If we had an intersquad scrimmage today we wouldn't have hit," UH first baseman Sansaver said. "They played a game and beat us. They beat us mentally. You have to tip your hat to them.

"But I'm not scared. This will give us something to think about. We'll be focused next week."


Alumni 3, Hawaii 0

Alumni AB R H BI Hawaii AB R H BI
Guillen cf 4 0 1 0 Wilder cf 1 0 1 0
Nogawa ss 4 0 1 0 Dupree ph-cf 2 0 0 0
Kimura lf-3b 4 0 0 0 Kish lf 4 0 1 0
Harrison rf 4 3 3 2 Sansaver 1b 3 0 1 0
Williams 1b 2 0 0 0 Magana 1b 1 0 0 0
Matias 1b 2 0 1 1 Thurber dh 3 0 0 0
Ishigo 2b 2 0 0 0 Wright dh 1 0 0 0
Otani 2b 1 0 0 0 Green rf 2 0 0 0
Garnett dh-c 3 0 0 0 Bell-Irving ph 1 0 0 0
Garman 3b 2 0 1 0 Inouye c 2 0 0 0
Takamori lf 1 0 0 0 Kahoali'i c 1 0 0 0
Cheff c-dh 1 0 0 0 Omura 2b 3 0 0 0
Hashimoto ph 1 0 0 0 Russo 3b 3 0 0 0





Finegan ss 2 0 0 0
Totals 31 3 7 3 Totals 29 0 3 0
Alumni 000 100 101 -- 3 7 1
Hawaii 000 000 000 -- 0 3 0

E--Ishigo. DP--Alumni 1, Hawaii 2. LOB--Alumni 3, Hawaii 5. 2B--Harrison. HR--Harrison 2. SB--Kish.

Alumni IP H R ER BB SO
Yamashita 2.0 1 0 0 1 1
Weinstein 2.0 1 0 0 2 2
Cayetano (W) 3.0 1 0 0 0 1
George (S) 2.0 0 0 0 0 3
Hawaii IP H R ER BB SO
Olsen (L) 7.0 6 2 2 2 1
Bryant 2.0 1 1 1 0 1

PB--Inouye.
T--2:02. A--454.

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