Backing the ’Bows: Big Island’s UH baseball connection still growing

Waiakea High grad Jacob Igawa played in 12 games in his first season at UH-Hilo earlier this year, but he transferred to the University of Hawaii to study engineering. In a 5-4 loss at UH in February, Igawa batted 3 for 4 with two RBIs, including a two-run homer, for the Vulcans. “We knew about Jacob out of high school and how he did against us,” UH coach Mike Trapasso said. “We were lucky to win. He has a maturity to him. He’s got power. He’s a young man who I enjoy talking with.” (University of Hawaii-Hilo Athletic Department/Courtesy Photo)

When Mike Trapasso visits the Big Island, he doesn’t just fly back to Oahu with a nice tan, but he also returns with a nice collection of baseball talent.