Thomsen picks up pitching load for Wahine

Rainbow Wahine senior Dana Thomsen started all five games for UH in the Outrigger Resorts Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament. PHOTO BY DARRYL OUMI / SPECIAL TO THE HONOLULU STAR-ADVERTISER.

Dana Thomsen previously handled the type of work load she carried for the Rainbow Wahine softball team last week … but it’s been a while.

“I haven’t pitched this much since I was like 14-and-under in tournament ball,” the senior right-hander said.

Prior to last week’s Outrigger Resorts Hawaii Spring Fling Tournament, Thomsen said coach Bob Coolen “came up to me and he was like, ‘are you ready to be pitching a lot? And I was, ‘of course.’”

An injury to fellow senior Brittany Hitchcock left Thomsen as the only Wahine pitcher with a college start and she took the ball for each game in the five-day tournament. She went 2-3 while throwing 24 2/3 innings in an undulating week.

While Thomsen hopes Hitchcock can return to the circle, she’s preparing for another potentially busy week in the Bank of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Classic starting Wednesday.

UH (12-11) opens its last nonconference tournament of the season at 6 p.m. Wednesday against North Dakota (13-11) at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.

The Wahine then take on No. 4 Tennessee (24-1) on Thursday followed by a rematch with UND on Friday. They close the three-week homestand against Cleveland State (8-11) on Saturday and Maryland (7-17) on Sunday.

“It’s hard to know your partner is in pain, but definitely just trying to get through it for her and let her see that we are capable and we’re going win for her,” Thomsen said of Hitchcock.

“It’s definitely something you don’t really think is going to happen and then you’re like ‘here we go, another day.’ Then again, what I’ve trained for my whole life is being a pitcher. If circumstances were flipped I’d want Brittany to go out there and give it her all all the time.”

Hitchcock (5-4) was coming off an all-tournament performance in the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament and lowered her earned-run average to 1.97 prior to the injury. Thomsen, who went 8-7 last season, enters this week’s tournament at 7-7 with a 2.70 ERA in 14 starts with 71 strikeouts in 85 2/3 innings.

She opened the Spring Fling with a five-inning shutout in UH’s rout of East Carolina. She took a hard-luck loss in a 2-1 defeat to BYU and gave up two homers in a 4-2 loss to Longwood. She endured her shortest start of the season in a lopsided loss to James Madison, but followed with one of the sharpest of her UH career, closing the tournament with a one-hit shutout of Arkansas Pine Bluff on Sunday.

“Of course there’s going to be physical strain … But I think the hardest thing you have to get through is not necessarily the soreness but mentally preparing for each team,” Thomsen said, “because normally at night after a game you get to reflect and let your mind settle for a couple of days.

“My teammates have been there for me and they’ve definitely been supporting me.”

Freshman Emily Klee made two relief appearances last week and held Longwood to two hits and struck out three over three innings in her longest stint to that point. She relieved Thomsen against James Madison and gave up five runs over 3 1/3 innings. Freshman Dominique Martinez threw a scoreless inning against JMU.

Although the daily starting assignments test her physical and mental endurance, Thomsen is savoring the opportunities she has left in her UH career.

“As a senior, I’m enjoying every minute of it,” Thomsen said. “Even during the long games, it’s something I’m going to miss when I’m done. … I’m where I want to be.”

COMMENTS

  1. KOH I NOR March 14, 2018 2:07 pm

    12-11 record. Look at the players. Or the coaching? Change one of those two.

    How is 5 years to 1,000 wins? 961 wins.


  2. KOH I NOR March 14, 2018 2:10 pm

    “Precisely?”


  3. KOH I NOR March 14, 2018 2:46 pm

    Must win 13 games for the next three seasons to make it to 1,000 wins. 12 this season. I suppose Coolen will reach the 1,000 mark.


  4. oldtimer808 March 14, 2018 5:53 pm

    Koh did you have another screen name? You write like someone similar. You’re the only person I know that answers his self on the blog.


  5. H-Man March 15, 2018 8:32 am

    I watched Emily Klee pitch against Longwood and I feel she earned a start. With a double-header today in the BOH Classic, maybe she can start against Cleveland State. That would allow Dana to be fresh against the Tennessee Volunteers.


  6. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 10:13 am

    Tonight’s match, 15th, vs. Cleveland State, 5:00 p.m. H.T. UH lower campus, Manoa, softball stadium 13-11 record.


  7. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 10:31 am

    28 counting down. Or in your language,

    for(int x = 28; x28) {
    break;
    system.out.println( “count is” x );
    }
    }

    You’re right.


  8. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 11:15 am

    Sources close to me. On 962 wins short of 1,000 wins.

    Internet.


  9. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 11:21 am

    The flight is harsh on them. Too much termoil. Someone lied about the 1,000 wins. Not yet. Sports talk.


  10. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 11:42 am

    Not Waimea high school. Source was from another forum. I suppose good too. Bernard who? Eh…?


  11. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 11:48 am

    They pay money $$ to play softball, not to study. What do you suppose they’ll take up at UH, as a softball player? Seriously.


  12. KOH I NOR March 15, 2018 11:57 am

    Fighting for the rights of other pc users. So they don’t believe every word they read on the internet.

    Public means state funded. Them too. Stadium being built, uniforms, concessions stands, advertisement, travel, equipments, and other things.


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