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Baseball's Aloha Blog

Baseball's Aloha Blog

March 27, 2009 Well, that was an interesting day. First, I think Matt Hogue and I almost fell out of our chairs when we saw the end of SportsCenter, which had a Closing Number of David Anderson needing one more home run to pass Kirt Manwaring for third on our all-time home run list. I’m still trying to figure out how that happened. Then, the Chanticleers open up the four-game series with the Rainbows and Cody Wheeler throws a no-hitter. Wheeler was still popping the glove in the ninth inning. The radio and TV announcers for Hawai’i said that it was one of the greatest pitching performances they had ever seen. The offense started to turn it around as well as the Chants had big hits in the sixth and eighth inning to put up the four runs. With Scott Woodward in right field, the Chants might have one of the fastest outfields in the country. We’ll be heading back to Les Murakami Stadium for today’s doubleheader. Anthony Meo will pitch the opener and Bobby Gagg will go in the nightcap. The second game of the doubleheader is seven innings, which is a Western Athletic Conference rule. That also was a Big South rule until 2005. Here are links from the local stories of last night’s game.  

March 26, 2009 It’s time for game one of the series against Hawai’i starting at 6:35 p.m. Hawaiian (12:35 a.m. EDT Friday morning). Before getting down to business, the Chanticleers did some snorkeling yesterday afternoon at the Hanauma Bay in Oahu, seeing some incredible sights that only the Aloha State can offer. It’s another perfect day in paradise, as the trade winds have picked up a little bit. We’ll see how that affects the game. We’ve been told the ball doesn’t carry real well, but when the trades pick up, the ball can get out in right field.  Here’s a link to the which will have the live stat, audio and video links for tonight’s game. It’s lefty Cody Wheeler on the mound for the Chants. Aloha.

March 25, 2009 It’s another beautiful day in Honolulu, but it might be a little warmer and less windy today in the Aloha State. The Chanticleers are currently working out at Les Murakami Stadium on campus.  The place is huge. It looks like a Triple A park. The surface is field turf except for the pitcher’s mound and by home plate. It definitely will be warm on the surface for the afternoon games. After the morning workout, the Chants will do some snorkeling in the afternoon and then it’s getting ready to play baseball.

March 24, 2009 Coastal Carolina’s travel party traveled to Germaine’s Luau tonight for dinner and a show on the beach. The luau started with a half-hour bus ride to the beach with our tour guide Reno. Once there, we took a team photo, got drinks and watched the first part of the show. Highlights were student assistant Jerry Oakes coming in second in the male hula contest and Brad Goldberg winning one of three gift packages in the audience. The food was great and the team had a great time. Now, the Chanticleers will have a Wednesday morning workout and then have a chance to go snorkeling at the bay.

March 24, 2009 The plans of the Chanticleers changed after an interesting afternoon in Oahu. We got tickets for Pearl Harbor and decided to go to the North Shore as it would be about a three-hour wait for our group to get on the Memorial. But, about halfway to the North Shore, the bus broke down on the highway on a bridge with what looked would be a big fall. A new bus eventually would pick us up, but Pearl Harbor had to be scratched. Instead, we toured the whole North Shore and went out for about 15 minutes on Sunset Beach. We now will be heading for a luau in about an hour. 

March 24, 2009 The Chanticleers arrived in Honolulu on Monday after an eight-hour flight to an 81 degree sunny day. To say the players were pumped was an understatement as soon after the Chants checked in, many took the short walk to Waikiki Beach. The six-hour time difference definitely is something everything on our travel party will have to get use to as yours truly was wide awake at 4 a.m., Hawaiian. Today, the Chants will head to Pearl Harbor in the morning and then go to a luau in the evening. We’ll have pictures and posts from both events.

March 23, 2009 The Chanticleers were surprisingly energetic as the Sunway bus pulled out of Rock Hill at 6 a.m., Monday morning, heading for the Charlotte airport. The team is now in the terminal, waiting for the three-hour flight to Houston. Coastal Carolina will then step onto an eight-hour flight to Honolulu, getting into the Aloha State at around 2:30 p.m., Hawaiian time. This trip will feature some down time for the Chanticleers, as they will visit Pearl Harbor, do some snorkeling and attend a luau. Coastal Carolina will also practice at the Univeristy of Hawai’i on Wednesday before opening a four-game series with the Warriors on Thursday night. Check back with for a day-by-day look at the Chanticleers in the Aloha State.