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Frustration setting in for Na Koa; Yoshida to pitch tonight

August 9, 2011 - Robert Collias
Just listening to Na Koa Ikaika Maui manager Garry Templeton describe the last couple days, it is obvious that this team leaves him wondering what is going on.

Maui has lost 14 of 16 to fall to last place in the North Division of the North American Baseball League and completely out of playoff contention. Emotions boiled over in a listless 7-1 loss on Monday after which Templeton said, "I am probably going to have to let somebody go tomorrow because there are certain things I just can't watch no more. Even though it is coming down to the end of the season I just can't watch no more of it."

And it wasn't any better in a doubleheader sweep on Sunday when Templeton said this about his players:

"I told them, 'When you play for me you go out there and you play hard every day and you play it out to the end.' So, we'll see. I will have to wait and see where we are at the end of this series and, you know, maybe I will give some young kids a shot because it is just killing me that we make mistakes every day in one inning and then it just escalates."

Monday night, Templeton said, "I haven't heard anything on Lake County" coming or not for the final four-game series that is set for Wednesday through Saturday, but perhaps it is a telltale sign that Eri Yoshida, the 19-year-old female pitcher from Japan, is set to start on the mound tonight even though Templeton had this to say after Monday night's loss:

"Her ankle is still bothering her," Templeton said. "But we'll see. We will just take it from there. She says it still hurts, so, I will talk to her tonight when we go in and we will see where she is at, but I guess she says she is ready to go."

Yoshida came to Maui in a July 28 trade with a sore foot from a non-baseball-related incident just before leaving Chico. On Sunday, Templeton said Yoshida's most likely first start would be Wednesday. Of course, if there is no Wednesday game. . . . A Tuesday start could also make Yoshida available for a Saturday start as well, if the Fielders do make the trip.

And, finally, I found this update from Illinois on just how the Fielders are dealing with things — according to the Chicago Daily Herald, Lake County team owner Richard Ehrenreich wrote a "stern letter" for the teams and the umpires after a game was suspended last week over the use of sub-par baseballs. Never mind that he has stopped paying rent on the stadium the team is using, built with $1.3 million of taxpayers money from the city of Zion, Ill.


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