Nanakuli athletic director Andrew Moody says the school is in the process of recruiting Golden Hawks girls athletes to see if they want to help keep the softball team in competition for the rest of the season.
“We’re trying to hustle up some other athletes to get out there,” Moody said via cellphone Wednesday. “We have eight players, just under the nine needed to play. There are some prospects supposedly who will come out today to start working out. If they pan out, we’ll be playing.”
Coach Waldo Meyers and his Nanakuli team is off to an 0-4 start, including forfeits to Kapolei and Waianae. The Golden Hawks are scheduled to host Leilehua (3-2) on Saturday.
If the new prospects don’t join the team, Nanakuli may have to forfeit the rest of the season.
The scenario is not a new one for the school. In the winter season, Nanakuli qualified for the girls soccer state tournament, but didn’t have enough players and forfeited a first-round game against Hawaii Prep and a consolation game against Radford.
“It’s always an issue,” Moody said. “We’re in that small-school situation where one or two players missing can jeopardize everything. It could be grades, health or injuries.”