Falcon First Baseman Predicts Good Finish For His Team

Kalani first baseman Reyn Shitanishi’s senior itinerary includes a trip to next month’s state baseball tournament. And as the team reached its midway point in the OIA Red season late last week, Shitanishi and his teammates felt right on schedule.

“We’re getting our clique together, and I’m confident we can go far in states,” he said.

The top six finishers at the OIA’s post-season tourney will earn league berths for the state tournament. Kalani stood 3-2 in the ultra-competitive East with seven games left at press time.

“Everybody is equal — no one is going to run away with the East this year,” he said. “I feel confident in our team, and I think we’re capable of doing good things.”

Kalani returns to action Saturday at 10 a.m. at Kaiser. (The Cougars won the first game between the teams 2-1 March 17.)

A second-year starter, Shitanishi is looking for a strong finish to his prep career. He recently visited with East Oahu Islander.

What is your earliest sports-related memory? When I was 6 and started playing baseball, we had a Pinto draft where the coaches picked the players, and I was real nervous because I was still not sure about baseball.

Who’s had the biggest impact on your life? My dad (Jason). He’s basically been with me through this and pushed me to practice, work hard and be humble. He introduced me to baseball and taught me how to play.

What area of your game did you focus on during the off-season? My hitting. I felt like I batted solid last year, but I also felt I could have done more. I worked on my swing and my weak points. That was key.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned through baseball? To work hard and never give up. If you work hard, the results will come, and the game’s never over until it’s over. I’ve seen some crazy things (in baseball).

Who is ready for a breakout performance during the second half of the season? Payton Awaya. He struggled in the first part, but he’s been working hard and is motivated to do big things.

What Internet site do you frequent the most? Scoringlive.com to check the scores and see who’s doing well in the East.

What is your least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathroom.

What movie could you watch over and over? Step Brothers.

Who are three of your favorite musical artists? Drake, Big Sean and Kid Ink.

How do you like to spend your free time? Hanging out with friends and going to the beach.

What would be your dream destination? The Bahamas.

You’re stuck on Kaho‘olawe and can have an endless supply of just one food. What would it be? Steak.