UH Hilo Softball Team Signs FourNovember 27, 2017, 12:33 PM HST (Updated November 27, 2017, 12:33 PM)
University of Hawai‘i Hilo softball has announced the signing of four players to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period.
This group of four will join the Vulcan program next fall and begin their UH Hilo careers in the spring of 2019.
Pitcher Haleigh Leusch, infielders Chloe Domingo And Brandee Chinen and outfielder Ellie Suh will add pitching and a combination of speed and power to the Vulcan line-up, according to Perreira.
Haleigh Leusch is a sophomore at Midland College (Texas). The 5-foot-10-inch right-hander earned NJCAA Region 5 Pitcher of the Week honors last April and had a 11-7 record for the Lady Chaps, who finished 38-16 last spring. Leusch hails from Winchester, Calif., where as a prep and in travel ball she earned MVP honors at the Triple Crown Sports World Series, the Hemet Classic, the Best of the West and the Pala Indian tournament.
Chloe Domingo was a First Team All-HHS State Tournament selection last spring after helping her Campbell High School team (Ewa Beach, Hawai‘i ) to a state title. The Sabers also won the state championship in 2015 and 2016. An honor roll student, Domingo will be joining her Campbell HS teammates Danielle Cervantes and Nikki Corla on the Vulcan squad. Cervantes and Corla are freshmen on the 2018 UH Hilo team.
Local product Brandee Chinen (Waiakea HS) will put on a new uniform and play in front of her friends and family across the street from her high school. The second baseman is a three-time First Team All-BIIF selection and hit .561 last spring as a junior. The Warriors have won the last three BIIF titles. Chinen also played on the Nobu Yamauchi RBI softball squad, advancing to the World Series in 2015 and 2017. She is an honor roll student.
Ellie Suh is a senior this year at Whittier Christian High School in Whittier, Calif. An outfielder, Suh is a two-time co-captain of the Heralds, who played in the CIF Division Six softball playoffs last spring. A La Mirada native, Suh plays travel softball for the Lakewood Firecrackers.
“This group will fit in nicely with our team and program,” Coach Callen Perreira said. “We are looking forward to their arrival next fall.”