HONORING A LEGEND
PAUL HONDA / PHONDA@STARBULLETIN.COM
Waialua High School named its football field after legendary coach Toshi Nakasone yesterday.
Agbayani homers in Japan Series
TOKYO » Saint Louis and Hawaii Pacific product Benny Agbayani went 3-for-4 with a 2-run home run as the Chiba Lotte Marines beat the Hanshin Tigers 10-1 in the opening game of the Japan Series.
In a game called by fog in the seventh inning at Chiba Marine Stadium, Toshiake Imae homered in the first inning and doubled in a run in the fifth to give the Marines a 2-1 lead.
Tomoya Satozaki, who was the hero of Lotte's pennant-clinching win over the Softbank Hawks in the second-stage playoffs, put the game out of reach with a three-run homer in the seventh, and Agbayani added his shot before the game was delayed by a fog that rolled in off Tokyo Bay.
After a 30-minute delay, the umpires called the game. It was the first time ever a Japan Series game had been called by fog.
"It was a great game," said Valentine. "It was too bad the fans didn't get to see nine innings but it was a big win for us and (Hawks pitcher Naoyuki) Shimizu pitched a fantastic game."
The Marines are bidding for their first Japan Series title in 31 years. The Tigers haven't won a Japan Series since 1985.
Sea Warriors blow away Flames
Barbara Martin put down 12 kills and Flavia Brakling added 11 as the Hawaii Pacific volleyball team swept Lee University 30-18, 30-20, 30-24 at St. Andrew's Priory yesterday.
The Sea Warriors improved to 18-1 while the Flames dropped to 17-6 after losing to BYUH earlier in the day. Vera Oliveira led HPU with 38 assists and Paula Koikopoulos was in on six blocks.
» Yu Chuan Weng had 27 kills to help Brigham Young-Hawaii outlast Lee 18-30, 21-30, 30-27, 30-16, 15-7 at St. Andrew's Priory.
Noelle Filimoeatu had 19 kills and Lilly Tufuga added 10 for the Seasiders. BYUH improved to 14-3.
Talking football at Quarterback Club
Hawaii coaches Cal Lee and Wes Suan will join Punahou coach Kale Ane as speakers at tomorrow's meeting of the Honolulu Quarterback Club.
Lee is in charge of UH's linebackers and Suan oversees the offensive line. Ane's Buffanblu are 6-2, 3-2 in the Interscholastic League of Honolulu.
Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Pagoda Hotel with the program to start a noon.
Sceats eliminated from ITA regionals
Hawaii senior Ryan Sceats was swept by Tyler Browne of California to fall out of the main draw of the Wilson/ITA North Western Region Championships yesterday at Santa Clara, Calif.
Sceats lost 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 32 but teamed with fellow senior Jarrod Diepraam to beat a Nevada team in the round of 32 in doubles. Two other doubles teams from Hawaii were knocked into the consolation bracket.
» Hawaii's two players in the women's western regional were swept in San Diego yesterday.
Kana Aikawa lost to Tina Razloznik of Arizona 6-0, 6-0 and Fenja Shaw was swept by Claire Smith of UNLV by the same score.