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Baldwin’s Hoopii runs down rare win for No. 1 seed

By Billy Hull on May 9, 2018

Just about everyone watching at Les Murakami Stadium thought Ola Aina had put Punahou in the lead. With two outs in the top of the seventh inning and the tying run on second and the go-ahead run at first, Aina barreled up a deep drive to left-center, far from where Baldwin center fielder Anthony Hoopii was standing. Hoopii took off on a dead sprint and somehow managed to secure the ball in the palm of his glove to end a […]

DAY 2: HHSAA State Baseball Championships

By Billy Hull on May 9, 2018

No. 1 overall seed Baldwin will try to break a trend that hasn’t been kind to the top seed in recent years of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships. Eight of the last nine state tournament have seen the No. 1 overall seed lose their first game of the tournament. Only Campbell in 2015 was victorious during that stretch and those Sabers went on to win the state title. Four more games at Les Murakami Stadium in Division I […]

Scorching hot Raiders into the state semifinals

By Billy Hull on May 9, 2018

A total of 23 runs in its first two games has ‘Iolani feeling good about things after two days of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships. Junior Shane Sasaki recorded the first four-hit game in the state tournament since Mid-Pacific’s Tyler Yamaguchi in 2015 and scored twice with two RBIs to lead the Raiders to a 12-8 win over OIA champion Mililani in today’s second quarterfinal at Les Murakami Stadium. ‘Iolani (16-5-1) will play its first state semifinal game […]

Experienced Warriors back in semis

By Billy Hull on May 9, 2018

For the first time in more than a decade, the Waiakea Warriors have reached the semifinals of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships in back-to-back years. Fresh off a runner-up finish to Maui last year, the undefeated Warriors (16-0) were the first team on Wednesday to punch their ticket to the semifinals with a 6-2 win over Campbell in the first of four games at Les Murakami Stadium. Campbell puts two runners on in the top of the seventh, […]

Kurasaki carries Punahou past Pearl City

By Billy Hull on May 8, 2018

Asa Kurasaki kept Punahou in the game with his offense and then helped the Buffanblu put away the Chargers at the plate. The senior third baseman finished a home run shy of the cycle and belted one of two RBI triples in a four-run seventh inning to rally the Buffanblu past Pearl City 6-2 to cap the first day of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships at Les Murakami Stadium. Kurasaki, who doubled in the third inning to set […]

‘Iolani off to perfect start

By Billy Hull on May 8, 2018

‘Iolani coach Kurt Miyahira cautioned it doesn’t matter if the Raiders can’t get past OIA champion Mililani in Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State baseball Championshis at Les Murakami Stadium. But if the Raiders do manage to survive against the Trojans, they will be set up quite well moving forward. ‘Iolani needed just 46 pitches from ace Trevor Ichimura, who threw four perfect innings in an 11-1 win over Kalani in six innings on Tuesday to secure the […]

Kailua’s Ballesteros shuts down Leilehua

By Billy Hull on May 8, 2018

The first two games of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships have been dominated by pitching. Kailua’s Bryson Ballesteros threw the second shutout in as many games on Tuesday, allowing just two hits in a 3-0 win over Leilehua to give the Surfriders (13-3) their first win to open the state tournament in four years. Campbell’s Ayzek Silva tossed a three-hit shutout in a 3-0 win over Kamehameha-Maui in the opener. Kailua, the OIA runner-up after losing to Mililani […]

Long layoff no problem for Silva, Sabers

By Billy Hull on May 8, 2018

With the exception of Leilehua, which had to play a play-in game on the Big Island against Hilo on Friday, every OIA team entered the state baseball tournament with at least 17 days between games. In the opener of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships at Les Murakami Stadium on Tuesday, Campbell seemed to have no problem with the long layoff. Left-hander Ayzek Silva needed just 78 pitches to get through a three-hitter and the Sabers played error-free baseball […]