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Baseball Shows ‘Heart’ at States


Photo by Rick Schonely

After winning their seventh straight league championship, the Farmers Baseball Team made it to states last week, where they finished their season with a 9-4 record after losing games Thursday and Friday.


“This was definitely a learning experience for both players and coaches.  Our youth and inexperience really played its roll this week and at this level of baseball, it hurt us,” said first year Head Coach Keahi Rawlins. “On the other hand we held our own and had a chance to show the state our potential for the future. We got closer as a team and didn’t give up although we had every excuse to shut down and give up.”


On Thursday, Molokai lost to Waimea 20-5, and ended their games at states with a loss to Waipahu on Friday, 9-5. But despite the scores, Rawlins said the experience was full of positivity.


“I’m proud of the heart that these boys presented and it was quite evident as we had very positive comments from spectators, including the mayor,” he said.


With a team full of promising underclassmen, Rawlins is already looking to the future.


“We will be a force to be reckoned with in the near future if we continue to work hard during off season and get better,” he said. “This experience will help us mature as a team to get where we need to be to compete at a higher level. We got a lot closer as a team which is something that you can’t coach, but is something that you need to be a successful team. I’m excited for the future as I should be since we have all but one player returning next year.”


Rawlins wanted to thank his coaches and their families my coaches and their families “for all the help and time away from their personal lives to help make these boys better. I would have never been able to do it without their hard work and dedication that they put in on the diamond.”


He also had words of appreciation for the Molokai community.


“I’d like to thank the community for their love and support and for believing in us when some didn’t,” said Rawlins. “It’s the community that we play for and your support and faith will not be forgotten.”


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