Knights Pre­pare For Six More Games On Way To Play­offs

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Sports - By JACK DANILEWICZ

The Cas­tle base­ball team’s bye week came right as it was gath­er­ing mo­men­tum from an im­pres­sive twogame sweep of Kahuku. Upon fur­ther re­view, how­ever, to have their break from OIA play come at mid-sea­son may ben­e­fit this team with its big­gest games still ahead.

“We were re­ally mo­ti­vated to win, and if we can keep the in­ten­sity up, we can build on these games,” said cen­ter-fielder/third base­man Eric Akamine, who is cur­rently hit­ting .417. “At the be­gin­ning, we were still get­ting to know Coach’s style (new head coach Rocky Frat­i­celli). We’re get­ting more com­fort­able with each other and play­ing more as a team.”

Be­sides sweep­ing Kahuku, Cas­tle (2-4) dropped a pair of one-run de­ci­sions to Kaiser and Kailua, tra­di­tion­ally two of the league’s top teams. The Knights have six games re­main­ing as they po­si­tion them­selves for the play­offs. They play dou­ble- head­ers against Roo­sevelt at 11 a. m. Satur­day and Moanalua (away) April 7 be­fore clos­ing vs. Kalani April 12- 13.

Akamine re­cently took time off from the ball field to visit with Mid­week’s Wind­ward Is­lander.

How would you as­sess Cas­tle at the mid­way point of the sea­son? What’s the key the rest of the way to have the kind of fin­ish you would like? We just have to re­duce our er­rors on de­fense. We have good pitch­ing, and that al­ways keep us in games.

What area of your game did you fo­cus on in the off-sea­son? My hit­ting. I went to the bat­ting cages with my friends. I worked on my field­ing, too, but mainly my bat­ting.

Who’s had the big­gest im­pact on your life? My fa­ther (Jeff). He’s been my coach my whole life, and he’s al­ways en­cour­aged me to work on my game on my own.

What In­ter­net site do you fre­quent the most? Youtube. I just watch a lot of sports videos or lis­ten to mu­sic on­line. I used to go on Face­book a lot.

What is your least­fa­vorite house­hold chore? Wash­ing the dishes. I don’t like work­ing with dirty dishes.

What movie could you watch over and over? For­rest Gump. It’s one of my fa­vorite movies of all time.

Who is Cas­tle’s best ‘prac­tice player’ — the guy who gives 110 per­cent at all times? (Third base­man/ pitcher) Dustin Nakayama. He’s the one who prac­tices the hard­est all the time. He was voted our cap­tain by the play­ers.

What’s in your ipod? Mainly just mu­sic — mu­sic that pumps me up for games.

Do you play video games? How do you spend your free time? I don’t play video games any­more — I guess that’s a good thing. Be­sides base­ball, I like go­ing to the beach, and surf­ing and body board­ing.

Are you a neat freak or messy? I’m more on the clean-freak side. I can’t stand a mess in my room and things like that.

If you could have your pick, what celebrity would you choose as your prom date? (Ac­tress) Natalie Port­man.

You’re stuck on Ka­hoolawe and can have an end­less sup­ply of only one food. What would it be? Saimin.

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