Williams in Nationals' rotation
The Washington Nationals cleared the way for Jerome Williams of Waipahu to join the rotation yesterday.
Washington, which will be Williams' third major-league team, sent Tim Redding and Joel Hanrahan outright to Triple-A Columbus yesterday.
"I think it's safe to say that Jerome Williams is in the rotation right now," Washinton manager Manny Acta said.
Williams has enjoyed the best spring of his professional career this year, throwing 12 straight scoreless innings and fashioning an ERA of 3.38.
» Bronson Sardinha will start the season at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre after the Yankees sent him to minor league camp yesterday. Sardinha, an outfielder, hit .333 in 34 at-bats this spring, prompting Yankees manager Joe Torre to dub the Kamehameha product the organization's "most pleasant surprise" last week.
» The Toronto Blue Jays sent former Saint Louis star Brandon League to Triple-A Syracuse yesterday.
League has spent the spring working through a right (throwing) shoulder injury.
Sea Warriors split at UC-San Diego
In its first road trip of the season, Hawaii Pacific split a baseball doubleheader with host UC-San Diego, winning the opener 9-4 and falling 12-3 in the nightcap.
Sea Warriors starting pitcher Jason Shimizu allowed five hits and limited the Tritons (20-10) to one earned run in eight innings. Michael Kealoha led HPU (16-10) at the plate, finishing 3-for-5.
The Sea Warriors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Tritons pulled away with five runs in each of the third and fourth innings.
UH trackster qualifies for postseason
Hawaii senior Mallory Gilbert became the third Rainbow Wahine track and field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Regional meet after posting a personal-best mark of 5 feet, 834 inches in the high jump at the UH Spring Break Open on Saturday.
Gilbert joins fellow high jumper Emily Sheppard and discus thrower Novelle Murray as Hawaii's regional qualifiers.
Rainbow Wahine tennis swept
California defeated Hawaii 6-0 after sweeping all six singles matches in straight sets on the final day of the Aloha Invitational at the UH Tennis Complex. The doubles matches were rained out.
The Rainbow Wahine fell to 4-12, while the Golden Bears improved to 15-3 after winning their seventh straight dual meet.
Hawaii judokas earn 4 medals
Melinda Chow of Punahou earned gold in the female middle school 48-kilogram class Saturday, one of four Hawaii judokas to medal at the USA Judo Middle and High School National Championships held at Florida International in Miami.
Chow's sister Christina, also a Punahou student, placed second in the high school girls 52kg class, while brother Daniel lost in the high school boys 66kg class.
Also, Moanalua High's Derron Maki placed second in the high school boys 55kg division.