For the past few years, a new baseball season has meant a new head coach for the Molokai High School team.
Hopefully, Mike McCutcheon, the fifth head coach in the last five years, will stick around long enough to bring the winning ways back to a program that captured the state Division I championship in 1999 and 2000.
McCutcheon replaces former big league pitcher Steve Trout who coached the Farmers last season.
McCutcheon, a Maui County police officer and a 1995 graduate of Molokai High, begins his first year as head coach for the Farmers. The team had its first preseason game Friday afternoon against King Kekaulike at the Baldwin High School Invitational Baseball Tournament at Maehara Stadium.
After defeating Waipahu 5-4 the day before, King Kekaulike easily handled Molokai 10-1. King Kekaulike scored in all six of its innings, helped by six Molokai errors.
McCutcheon is the school resource officer at Molokai High School in his eighth year with MPD. In seven years with the Arizona Diamondback organization, McCutcheon rose to Double-A in the minor league system.
But he is better known locally for setting a record while pitching for Molokai. McCutcheon, a lefthander, struck out a state-record 23 batters in a 16-inning complete game that stretched over two days and 248 pitches. The Farmers lost that game 3-2 to Baldwin. Now that players are limited by the state to pitch no more than 10 innings per week, it is unlikely this record will ever be broken.
The Farmers six-game regular season in MIL Division II begins in March. McCutcheon said he would try to pick up some extra games against Division I opponents to help prepare his players to take their game to the next level.