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K EVIN FOX Staff Writer The Rainbow Wahine Wahin ne softball s ftball so team (12-0) is right wheree it t it wants to be b at at this this th is point point nt in in the the season. seasson se on on. “Right now the chemistry of the team is gelling to the point where we don’t have any issues in regard to anyone not really being where they need to be,” said head softball coach Bob Coolen. “We have our starters, we have our role players, we have different players that we use in certain situations. We’ve been getting an op-

portunity to use some of our backup p rttu po players playye and nonstarters so they can keep ke k eep p the edge as well.” “I “ know that we’ve been scoring a lot lot of of runs and that’s great, but we’ve also allso had games where we haven’t been scoring as many runs. ... We still feel that support and that constant drive to win, and that kind of support and chemistry from the team is really carrying us far,” said senior left-fielder Alex Aguirre. “It’s exciting to see this early in the season.” Hawai‘i is off to its best start in school history after sweeping the

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Louisville Slugger Desert Classic in Las Vegas a week ago. And with a week off to rest and recover, the ’Bows have to focus on retaining momentum for this weekend’s battle. “It’s been really good that we’ve been able to run through a lot of teams,” said junior center fielder Kelly Majam. “We did really well over the past two weeks, so we have a lot of confidence in ourselves and in each other. ... It’s been a great two weeks, and I hope that this break will help us recover a little bit coming from

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the road and [we’ll] just have time to refocus and get used to playing at home again.” Up next for the Rainbow Wahine is the Bank of Hawai‘i Invitational. The tournament will feature Florida State, Radford and UC Santa Barbara and will run this Friday through Sunday. “We have the whole month of March that we play at home. It’s just by design each year that our month of March is three tournaments and we’ve opened at home with our WAC [Western Athletic

Conference] opener,” said Coolen. Hawai‘i cracked the National Fastpitch Coaches Association/ USA Today Poll at No. 25. This is the Rainbow Wahine’s first ranking of the season. “For the teams around the country, the people that are voting for us, they’re the ones that have seen us play,” said Coolen. “They know we have pitching, they know we can hit the ball. It’s just a feather in the player’s caps for what they’re doing on the field and off the field that is giving them that recognition.”

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