Pacific athletes of the week for March 25, 2010
Last week: Represented the third time a pitcher named Heckerl no-hit Daegu American on opening day of the DODEA Korea baseball season, helping the Falcons to a sweep of their two games Saturday. It’s the second straight year Heckerl has done this; two years ago, his older brother, Tristan, did the same thing.
Heckerl, a junior, went four innings, gave up four walks and struck out 10 batters and helped himself by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs as the Falcons shellacked the Warriors 15-1, just after Greg Morris fired a no-hitter at Osan American, winning 24-0.
“When on the field, he’s all business and always keeps battling,” Falcons coach and Colton’s father Bob Heckerl said. While having not lost a high school decision, he “doesn’t overestimate his ability. He understands that big competition awaits and as a very team-oriented player wants to perform well for the team.”
Last week: Tossed a no-hitter at the Panthers’ Okinawa Activities Council arch-rival Kubasaki, picking up her first victory of the season over the Dragons and helping Kadena to a 2-0 lead in the season series.
Seals, a sophomore, went four innings, giving up no walks and striking out five batters in the Panthers’ 15-0 victory over the Dragons at Ryukyu Middle School field. Not only does she pitch, but she’s taken over as starter at third base – as a left-handed thrower – a position vacated by last year’s Pacific softball player of the year Shannon Scott.
“Desirae is already showing the ‘right stuff’ needed to be a top-notch softball player,” Panthers coach Jesse Costa said. “Desirae has really stepped up, rounding out a senior veteran team. ... Desirae pitched in relief last year for the Panthers, but this year, I’m expecting more and already am impressed with what I’ve seen so far.”
Selected by Stars and Stripes staff