’Bows know what they’ll do this summer
CORVALLIS, Ore. » The Hawaii Rainbows once again will be spread from coast to coast playing and developing in summer baseball leagues.
It also is possible some of the juniors could have their summer plans changed after the Major League Baseball First-Year-Player draft on June 6-7.
Joe Spiers and right-hander Matt Daly take their talents to the eight-team Cape Cod League in Massachusetts. Spiers, a sophomore infielder, will play for the Orleans Cardinals. Daly, the freshman who is 6-0 this year, will pitch for the Hyannis Mets.
Center fielder Derek DuPree and redshirt freshman catcher Kevin Fujii travel east to play for Little Falls (N.Y.) in the New York Collegiate League.
Jon Hee and Darrell Fisherbaugh are going north to the 49th state and the Alaska Baseball League.
Hee, a redshirt sophomore, will be in the infield for the Mat-Su Miners. Fisherbaugh, the junior right-hander who leads UH with nine saves, will pitch for the Anchorage Bucs.
Freshman outfielder Matt Roquemore is on the roster of the McKinley Marshalls in the Texas Collegiate League. This is the first time a Rainbow has played in this league.
Shortstop Eli Christensen and first baseman Kris Sanchez will be at Aloha Stadium playing in the Hawaii Collegiate League.
Redshirt junior right-hander Keahi Rawlins takes a southern route to play for the Fayetteville (N.C.) Swampdogs in the Coastal Plain League.
Senior left-hander Mark Rodrigues will pitch for the Eau Claire (Wis.) Express in the Northwoods League.
"I've never pitched in a wood-bat league. Hopefully, I can break some bats," Rodrigues said.
Jorge Franco is set to play in the outfield for the Palm Springs (Calif.) Power, an independent team.
Tyler Davis returns home to pitch for the Santa Barbara Foresters in the California Collegiate League. Also in the CCL playing for the Salinas Packers, is Daniel Caldwell, a right-hander who appeared in one game for UH.
Ryan Asato, a sophomore outfielder, will play in the JayHawk League for the Wichita (Kan.) Twins. Freshman catcher Landon Hernandez also will be in the Midwest playing for Chillicothe in the Missouri Iowa Nebraska Kansas League.
Jayson Kramer, a freshman right-hander, joins the Wenatchee (Wash.) Applesox in West Coast Collegiate League.
Jeff Soskin, a left-hander, will be with the Oakland Oaks, and Eli Rimes will be the first baseman for the Solano Thunderbirds, independent teams in the Bay Area.
UH assistant coach Chad Konishi is still trying to place junior third baseman Justin Frash with a Cape Cod League team and get freshman shortstop Nate Young into the Hawaii Collegiate League.
Outfielder Steve Bralver is with the East Los Angeles Dodgers.
Myles Ioane, the redshirt freshman left-hander, is questionable for summer ball. It depends on how his rehab goes.
Ian Harrington, a left-hander and the 'Bows' No. 3 starter, is taking the summer off. The junior has pitched fall, spring and summer for four consecutive years and the coaches decided a break would be beneficial.
If Steven Wright does not sign after being a high-draft choice, as expected, the junior right-hander will return to the Cape Cod League where he was named the most outstanding relief pitcher a year ago.
Four UH recruits, outfielder Evan Zimny, left-hander Nick Rhodes and right-handers Joshua Schneider and Cameron Wheeler, are on teams in the Hawaii Collegiate League.
Another recruit, Cory Kahn, will play for the Santa Maria Indians in the California Collegiate League.
Note: Chris Goya (Mid-Pacific '05), a freshman at Chicago State, will play for the Weyburn, Saskatchewan Beavers in the Western Major Baseball League this summer. Goya, an outfielder, hit .327 for the Cougars this spring with a team-leading .447 on-base percentage.