The Edmonds Community College softball team has found a creative way to rise in the standings: Hawaii. The Tritons have recruited heavily in Hawaii, with nine of this year’s 14 players hailing from the islands. This is the third year Edmonds has had players from Hawaii, and the Tritons’ record has jumped from 9-23 in 2015 to 20-19 in 2016 to 35-10 last year to 10-3 to start this year.
Here’s the players on this year’s roster from Hawaii, along with their year, position and hometown:
Tamia Hirano, sophomore, shortstop, Mililani
Chastity Stalcup, sophomore, utility, Wahiawa
Taylor Shigeta, freshman, utility, Pearl City
Kalei Cacho-Kekahuna, freshman, first base, Waianae
Kamalei Labasan, freshman, outfield, Mililani
Brooke Keli’iho’omalu, freshman, outfield, Kaunakakai
Shanelle Lum, freshman, outfield, Honolulu
Chantelle Shimabukuro, freshman, second base, Waipahu
Seli Aholelei, sophomore, pitcher, Honolulu
The first two Hawaiians to play for Edmonds CC, Kamryn Kanai and Paige Matsuki who arrived in the 2015-2016 school year and graduated last year, are now playing at four-year colleges — Kanai is at Seattle University while Matsuki is at the University of Mary in Bismark, North Dakota.