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Damien embracing D-I competition

By Paul Honda on March 20, 2018

No, the Damien Monarchs aren’t a clone of Mid-Pacific. But there’s just a faint resemblance, and it goes beyond the light gray uniforms each team wore in the second-ranked Owls’ 13-3, five-inning win on Tuesday afternoon. Like MPI, the Monarchs have stressed defensive fundamentals in their rise to prominence in Division II. Damien won the ILH D-II crown last season, outlasting St. Francis in a marathon playoff run and series, before losing to Kauai in the state final. The Monarchs […]

Kamehameha makes big jump in Top 10

By Billy Hull on March 19, 2018

Voters continue to have opposing views on baseball in Hawaii in 2018 with another week of much change in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 released today. There’s a new No. 1 for the third straight week as Baldwin of the MIL takes over the top spot. The Bears swept three games against Lahainaluna over the weekend, winning by a combined score of 33-2. Baldwin has received at least half of the first-place votes in every poll this season but […]

Kamehameha comes back twice to beat Punahou

By Christian Shimabuku on March 17, 2018

The logjam at the top of the ILH standings () is still ever-shifting after Saturday’s games, thanks to No. 10 Kamehameha’s 7-6 win over No. 6 Punahou in eight innings. With less than a month remaining before the regular season comes to a close, the Warriors seem as well-prepared as anyone for the uncertainty that the league brings. It started in late January, when head coach Thomas Perkins and his staff were let go two days before tryouts and Kahi […]

ILH moves baseball games to Les Murakami Stadium

By Billy Hull on March 16, 2018

With the University of Hawaii baseball team on the road for two weeks, the Interscholastic League of Honolulu is moving nine regular season games to Les Murakami Stadium. The league informed coaches of the changes today. They begin Tuesday, March 27 with Hanalani and ‘Iolani playing at 3:30 p.m., followed by Punahou and Kamehameha. Kamehameha will return two days later to play Saint Louis at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29. The top two teams in the ILH as of […]

Gusman stands ground, ejected for first time in 47 years

By Paul Honda on March 15, 2018

A lot of improbable things have happened since 1971. None of them included an ejection of baseball coach George Gusman. That is, until today. Gusman, who has coached from intermediate to varsity levels at Kamehameha and Saint Louis, was thrown out in the third inning as his Crusaders battled the Warriors on a hot, sunny afternoon at Ala Wai Field. It wasn’t a blatant, animated ejection. But the scenario that led to it left Gusman, who officiates BCS college football […]

No. 6 Punahou starting to stand out in the ILH

By Billy Hull on March 15, 2018

When the week started, six of the seven Division I baseball teams in the ILH were within a game of first place. Sure, it’s still somewhat early in the season, but by week’s end, teams will be close to halfway through the regular season. A slate of three games in five days for most teams this week provides an opportunity for schools to separate themselves from the rest of the league. No. 6 Punahou seems on the verge of doing […]

Trojans, Mules get good look at depth chart

By Paul Honda on March 14, 2018

Things aren’t quite the same when there’s a nine-run margin in the middle of a baseball game. Ryan Ancheta was cruising along with a one-hitter after four frames. He needed a modest 51 pitches to record 12 outs, but the Mililani Trojans opted to get some game action for reserves with a big lead. In the aftermath of a 16-hit attack and a 10-5 win over Leilehua, ninth-ranked Mililani got to see what it needed to see on the mound. […]

‘Iolani and Kamehameha battle to 10-10 tie

By Jason Kaneshiro on March 13, 2018

A wild afternoon of ILH baseball at Ala Wai Field provided a high-scoring start and late-innning drama — but no winner. No. 2 ‘Iolani and No. 10 Kamehameha traded rallies throughout Tuesday’s matchup before shaking hands under the lights tied at 10-10. ‘Iolani trailed 7-5 after two innings and took a 9-7 lead in the top of the sixth only to see the Warriors answer with three in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead going into the […]