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Part Eight: Routine, Ritual, Superstition - Who's in Control?

Emma Suh, class of 2021, Sunny Hills High School, Fullerton

The best way to start this chapter is by defining the terms in its title.   Routine is a good word for a hitter.  A routine is a set, customary course of behavior.  It’s an important part of preparation (a subject that will be addressed in the next chapter).

Ritual can also be a good word, implying a detailed method of procedure that is regularly followed.  Faithfully followed.  There’s where the word can lead a hitter astray.  She must have faith in herself first and in her choice of behaving consistently.   Behavior she established because it works – in a practical way.  If a ritual is followed in a compulsive way – a way which a hitter can’t resist or adjust, that ritual is no longer a “good” one.

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Ohana Tigers Hansen 12u Wins Red Rooster Tournament

Congratulations to our Ohana Tigers Hansen 12u as they took the Red Rooster All Stars Tournament Championship by defeating their opponent 12-2 in the championship game by way of a run rule. They went 7-0-1 and never looked back during championship, day outscoring their opponents 43-5! Great work girls!

Ohana Players Make An Impact In High School

Katie Katsuyama (LHP, Ohana Tigers 16U Gold) was named Daily Breeze Female Athlete of the Week for posting a 3-1 record, 0.93 ERA, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 24 last week for Mira Costa HS. At the plate she went 3-8 (.375) with 5 runs scored. Great job Katie!

Vote for Katie for So Cal Athlete of the Week here:

Ohana GOLD's Ale Samperio records another shutout game for her high school team. She struck out eight and allowed just three hits as the Stars (13-4) shut out the Sea Hawks, 3-0. Keep being awesome Ale!


Team: Ohana Tigers 18U Herrera
Position: C / 1B
High School: La Reina HS, Thousand Oaks, CA
Grade: Senior, Class of 2019
Other sports/school activities: Lit Team, Retreat Leader, National Honor Society

Years in Ohana: 2 years
Signed to: YALE University
Favorite Subject: Math
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Band: Gavin DeGraw 
Favorite Athlete: Mike Trout
Favorite Store: Bath & Body Works

Hobbies: Hiking, puzzles, going to the beach

What courses/major do you plan to explore in college? Neurology, Physical Science, Psychology

Most important qualities in a person: integrity, optimism, kindness, trustworthiness

Biggest turn-off or pet peeve: loud chewing, taking food without asking, clicking/tapping pens

Favorite quote to live by: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it for the Glory of God."

If I could do one thing to change the world: End Third World hunger and poverty



Also: Oklahoma has no university data recorded so we were unable to rank them.

Makenzie "Hutch" Hutchinson

Position: Catcher, 1B
High School: Lakewood HS, Lakewood, CA
Grade: Junior, Class of 2020
Years in Ohana: 3 years
Signed to: Middle Tennessee State
Favorite Subject: History
Hobbies: Snowboarding, wakeboarding, surfing
Favorite Food: Hot Dogs
Favorite Snack: Peanut butter crackers
Favorite TV Show: Fosters
Favorite Movie: Kissing Booth

I play softball because: I love the game

My most embarassing softball moment: One time when I was blocking the ball, I made a funny noise and everyone heard it around the backstop so I blamed it on the ump!

Biggest role model and why: My Pa. Because he got me into the sport and is always encouraging to me.

What I still work on to improve / tip to younger players: Catchers should always work on getting to bunts faster.