Edmonds Community College Softball Team has Island Flavor
Edmonds Community College softball team has island flavor
Nine of the 14 players on the Tritons’ roster are from Hawaii, as are both coaches.
It’s your typical chilly late-winter Wednesday evening in the Pacific Northwest, with the temperatures dipping down to about 40 degrees once the sun sets. The players on the Edmonds Community College softball team have gathered at Triton Field for a practice under the lights, and they’re bundled up in an effort to ward off the cool temperatures.
None of this is surprising. Perhaps the only surprising thing is that the players aren’t adorned in even more layers, considering the majority of them are used to taking the diamond in the tropical conditions of the Polynesian Pacific.
The past three years the Tritons have built a softball-player pipeline between Edmonds and Hawaii, and that pipeline has helped transform the Tritons from the worst of the Northwest Athletic Conference’s struggling programs into one of the stronger teams in the league.
Nine of the 14 players on Edmonds’ roster this season hail from Hawaii, including star sophomore pitcher/designated player Seli Aholelei. It’s a mutually-beneficial arrangement between the Tritons and the players as Edmonds receives access to a larger talent pool, while the players receive an opportunity not available on the islands.
Even though it requires the players to acclimate to different weather.
“We’re still learning how to deal with it,” sophomore shortstop Tamia Hirano said with a laugh.
For years Edmonds was an NWAC afterthought when it came to softball. In the seven seasons between 2007 and 2013 the Tritons were 3-236, never winning more than one game in a season. The team made strides in 2014 and 2015, winning nine games each year, but it wasn’t until 2016, with the arrival of the first Hawaiian players, that Edmonds became an NWAC factor. Read more...