SFT: DP to dedicate field to Dale Okinaka

Dos Pueblos softball will hold a ceremony before its Wednesday home opener to dedicate its varsity softball field to long-time coach Dale Okinaka.

Okinaka, who passed away last year, guided Dos Pueblos to a CIF title in 2005. He also was a highly successful travel team coach and coached for many years in the Goleta Valley Girls Softball Association, helping young players develop to become high school and college players.

The 3:15 p.m. event will include guest speakers and the unveiling of the Okinaka Field sign on the scoreboard. The Chargers will face Pacifica in a non-league game.

Over the weekend, Veronika Gulvin pitched Dos Pueblos to its first win of the season, throwing a two-hitter in a 2-0 win over Oak Park at the Suzanne Manlet Tournament in Simi Valley.

The Chargers lost their second game of the tourney, a 1-0 decision against Agoura.

Gulvin, who missed all of last season with an injury, struck out 11 and didn’t allow a walk in the game shortened to six innings due to a time limit. Coach Jon Uyesaka said 60 of her 72 pitches in the game were strikes. At the plate she had a single and double going 2 for 3.

Catcher Jade Sinskull drove in both of DP’s runs.

In the second game, returning All-CIF pitcher Lani Evans allowed only three hits and struck out seven with one walk. Agoura scored its run in the fifth inning.

The Chargers were held to three hits by Agoura’s pitcher.

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