‘Bows’ 10-6 win caps UH sports season

UH’s 2017-18 athletic year concluded at around 2 p.m. Hawaii time when left fielder Johnny Weeks made the final putout of the baseball ’Bows’ 10-6 victory over UC Santa Barbara.

What began with a Week Zero game against … — oh, heck, was it, UMass? — what seemed like a long, long time ago ended on a windy day in the “American Riviera.”

All in all, it was kinda fun.

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Today’s baseball game also marked the final UH event for Michael Stambaugh, the energetic and diligent assistant media relations director.

Stambaugh will join Nova Southeastern University (Davie, Fla.) as assistant athletic director. He will oversee media relations, as well as have a significant role in marketing.

Stambaugh is a sharp guy who produced perhaps the most prolific and detailed news releases in the Big West.

His professionalism will be missed.


  1. Bowwar May 26, 2018 2:36 pm

    Foist! So, we’re losing good folks at all levels…Good luck to Stambaugh!

  2. cappie the dog May 26, 2018 6:05 pm

    “We’re No. 6!!!”

    During halftime at a UH basketball game, there was a big buildup concerning the success of the cheerleading squad. With so much hype, we all thought Hawaii had won the NCAA Championship, and then Billy Z.’s Asian-American backup announced that they finished fifth.
    It was then that this extremely sardonic middle-aged Chinese man, a regular in my section, who seems to have the exact same love/hate relationship with UH sports shouted, “WE’RE NUMBER FIVE! WE’RE NUMBER FIVE!”

    Hawaii finished one spot above the media’s predictions.

    Injuries to the pitching staff can’t be helped.

    It is disappointing, however, that the offense couldn’t pick up the inexperienced pitchers.

    I think criticism is better than indifference.

    I care.

    I try to criticize tactfully.

    But I really believe that Coach Trapasso messed up team chemistry by sitting Ramirez down.

    Vchulek is faster than Yamazaki.

    When Dylan got out of his slump, I think he should have been reinstalled as the leadoff hitter. Although Johnny Weeks was invaluable as a dependable bunter, Yamazaki advances runners by hitting to the right side of the field and sports a higher batting average. Vchulek, more likely than not, would find himself in scoring position anyway, with no outs instead instead of one.

    I also think having Pouelsen pitching an early-season complete game killed his arm.

    I’m disappointed.

    But I’ll be back next year hoping for the best.

    Good luck Coach Trapasso.

    I like you.

    Good luck UH baseball.

  3. cappie the dog May 26, 2018 6:07 pm

    Yes, islandman, it is the dialysis center.

    The only business that looks recognizable Kaimuki from my childhood is Kim Chee II.

  4. islandman May 26, 2018 7:03 pm

    Happy for Richardson getting the win.

  5. Savich May 26, 2018 10:01 pm

    A nice guy and hard worker all the way around. Good luck in Florida.

  6. Savich May 26, 2018 10:03 pm

    And they like be like you. Move to Florida.

  7. suckkabooya May 27, 2018 10:59 am

    cappie the dog

    I’m sorry for your disappointment. It was a taxing season for the Baseball fan base. I give you guys credit for sticking with it. Excellent criticism from a passionate fan. I’m sure it will be appreciated (the criticism) by someone (if not everyone) around the program because “criticism is better than indifference”. Way better. On that note, here’s to a fruitful and possibly profitable 2018-2019 Season. Every sport seems to have “possibilities”. It’s right there. Can do.

  8. suckkabooya May 27, 2018 11:31 am

    In the lane that our house is in (Kailua) there’s; one Elderly care home, one International/foreign student homestay house and one air bnb (our next door neighbors). Business. Not like the old days.

  9. Savich May 27, 2018 5:35 pm

    Pff…so what freak. Gala…!

  10. Kahuna May 27, 2018 5:42 pm

    I don’t know, man. This was supposed to be the year we take a step forward. I don’t feel as optimistic as some due to a big senior class. We will lose our starting left fielder in Johnny Weeks, our starting center fielder in Dylan Vchulek, our starting first baseman in Eric Ramirez, and DH/C Chayce Kaaua. We could lose Dylan Thomas and Kekai Rios to the draft. Even Maasaski Yamazaki could leave.

    To make matters worse, their replacements are either not in school now(JC or Freshmen coming in) or returning team members who got little or no playing time( guys like Jacob Sniffen, Alex Baeza, etc…)

    I honestly dont see us getting better next year. The blue chipper we went after will sign pro contracts. Those who will not be drafted or not drafted high enough will be coming in will be coming in inexperienced. Trap should have used his bench more. The staters played almost all the games this year, thus rendering our bench inexperienced for next year.

  11. cappie the dog May 27, 2018 5:42 pm

    The genius of Phil Handy.

    I am very happy for Handy and hope he gets the chance to be an NBA coach someday.

    I want to see video of Phil Handy and LeBron James having a conversation.

  12. Petey808 May 27, 2018 6:33 pm

    What has Coach Trap really done for this program? For the past few years they were average at best.

  13. Savich May 28, 2018 12:29 am

    Can anyone tell me where I can find on the internet, where is Jan Santi video clip sports on UH Men’s Volleyball. Any recent clip. I just lied on the garden island blog that she is a good speaker to fit my comment in there. I would like to confirm now how Jan Santi sounds. Point specific video helpful. Men’s Volleyball and UH sports.

    Thanks a lot.

  14. ai-eee-soos May 28, 2018 12:41 am

    Read Stephen Tsai’s article.

    “Once promising UH baseball season derailed by injuries”

  15. cappie the dog May 28, 2018 6:27 am


    The Big West has no post-season tournament.

    You never know.

    That is five potential chances for Hawaii to reach the NCAAs.

    All of a sudden, Coach Trapasso’s career looks a little different if he steals a bid or two.

    Unless you’re a pessimist and think Hawaii would lose all conference tournaments.

    This is why I’m patient.

    The Big West was way, way down this season.

    The injuries to the pitching staff was unfortunate.

  16. cappie the dog May 28, 2018 6:32 am


    Maaki Yamazaki is an excellent college baseball player.

    I am not sure he is a MLB prospect.

    He is a little slow to first base.

    He does not have a strong arm.

    I think Brody Hagel-Pitt has more upside potential.

    He is Alex Capaul.

  17. islandman May 28, 2018 7:43 am

    UH was 6th in conference games runs scored with 110. Fullerton was 2nd with 129. In all games, UH overall was last with 220 runs scored.
    CSUN was 1st with 329 runs overall but was 8th in conference with 103.
    UH recruiting for more speed, per today’s article. UH was last in stolen bases with 5 in conference and 10 overall.
    Losing Vchulek who had 4 stolen bases out of 6 tries. Lopez was 3 for 4.

  18. NorthShoreFan May 28, 2018 8:02 am

    #9…got his seniors to get their degrees.

  19. Stephen Tsai May 28, 2018 8:44 am

    New post: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/?p=45950

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