Chace Nu­mata a stand­out leader on strong Pearl City team

MidWeek Islander (West Oahu) - - Front Page - By JACK DANILEWICZ

Pearl City’s quest for a fourth con­sec­u­tive OIA base­ball ti­tle is con­tin­gent, in part, on its lead­er­ship. To that end, Charg­ers head coach Gary Nakamoto has supreme con­fi­dence in co-cap­tain Chace Nu­mata, Pearl City’s steady short­stop.

“He’s a very re­spect­ful kid, very per­son­able, very cour­te­ous to his coaches,” Nakamoto said. “It is al­ways, ‘Yes, coach’ with him. He’s our team leader and one of our cap­tains (along with Jor­dan Oshiro).

“He’s al­ways out there work­ing hard on the field, and he has a great at­ti­tude. Even if he has a bad day him­self, he’s out there pick­ing the other kids up.”

The Charg­ers were right on track for the 2010 sea­son with a 2-0 record in the OIA Red West head­ing into last week­end. They re­turn to action this week with a pair of key games ver­sus neigh­bor­ing Aiea. The teams play at Pearl City at 3:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day and meet again at 7 p.m. Satur­day at Hans L’Or­ange in Waipahu.

Nu­mata re­cently took some time away from the prac­tice field to visit with the West Oahu Is­lan­der.

What’s your ear­li­est sports-re­lated mem­ory? When I picked up a toy (base­ball) bat and played with my Mickey Mouse base­ball glove. I was some­where around 1. I grew up in a base­ball fam­ily. It was kind of meant to be.

Pearl City’s suc­cess on the base­ball field has been well­doc­u­mented in re­cent years. Does this add ex­tra pres­sure on you guys as you go through your OIA sea­son? We have our ex­pec­ta­tions. We al­ways want to win, but we are able to just go out and play. We all work hard, so what­ever hap­pens, hap­pens.

What ar­eas of your game did you fo­cus on in the off­sea­son? I would have to say my hit­ting. I worked on my hit­ting a lot. It’s hard to pro­duce runs without hit­ting. I’ve still been stay­ing af­ter prac­tice, work­ing on my hit­ting in the (bat­ting) cage and on the week­ends, I’m still out there hit­ting.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on you in your life? It would have to be my par­ents (Nathan and Ch­eryl). They al­ways push me to do bet­ter than them. They’re al­ways there to sup­port me, and they want the best for me. They al­ways keep me up.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? YouTube. I like to watch mu­sic videos and some base­ball clips.

What is your least fa­vorite house­hold chore? Pick­ing up dog doo-doo. We have a lot of dogs — I love dogs — but that is the worst chore.

What movie could you watch over and over? The Lit­tle Ras­cals. I first saw it when I was tiny.

Who is your most com­pet­i­tive team­mate at Pearl City prac­tices? My brother (Chevas, a ju­nior). I am al­ways com­pet­ing with him. And my friend ( se­nior) Royce Mu­rai. We’re al­ways try­ing to see who can field bet­ter or who can hit bet­ter. We al­ways push our­selves to be bet­ter.

What’s in your iPod? I have some AC/DC and some Aero­smith in there — I have a lot of rock in my iPod. I also have some house mu­sic. I lis­ten to that a lot, and I like calm mu­sic, like John Mayer. Ten min­utes be­fore a game, I usu­ally play some AC/DC.

Do you play video games? I ac­tu­ally haven’t bought any­thing since sev­enth or eighth grade, so I have the orig­i­nal Xbox, but I al­ways go to my friend’s house to play his Play Sta­tion 3. We play UFC (a mar­tial arts game) and MLB–‘The Show.’

Are you a neat freak or messy? I’m half and half. I can kind of go both ways. There are times when I can be messy and times when I am neat. When I am in the clean­ing mode, I clean ev­ery­thing.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom date? I’d have to say Se­lena Gomez. She has her own show on the Dis­ney Chan­nel.

You’re stuck on the is­land of Ka­hoolawe. You can have an end­less sup­ply of one food. What would it be? InN-Out dou­ble-dou­ble ham­burger. We don’t have one (In-N-Out) down here yet. I first had one in San Diego. It’s the great­est ham­burger ever.

Con­tact Jack Danilewicz at Jack­ster.1969@ya­

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