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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 […]

Maryknoll doing more than just competing

By Billy Hull on March 13, 2018

In its first two years playing Division I baseball after winning three straight D-II state titles, Maryknoll won a total of three games in the ILH. That includes a 1-14 mark last year in head coach Eric Kadooka‘s first year in charge of the Spartans baseball program. Kadooka, who won seven consecutive state titles with Punahou from 2004 to ’10, has already tripled that amount of wins in his first five games this season following a 2-0 shutout of No. […]

Five different teams picked No. 1 in baseball

By Billy Hull on March 12, 2018

Entering the third week of the regular season in prep baseball, only one thing is clear. Nobody has any idea who the best team in the state is. For the first time since the first poll of the 2016 season, five different teams were ranked No. 1 this week out of the 10 voters in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10. It’s not uncommon for as many as five teams to be picked No. 1 in a poll to start […]

Moanalua hands Kaiser first loss

By Paul Honda on March 10, 2018

The patience of Scott Yamada is almost supernatural. Never too high. Never too low. A man who has unique skills as a coach, a teacher of young men, and even a green thumb on of the most beautifully manicured diamonds in all the Hawaiian islands. Nothing, though, brings relief the way his team’s bats did on a hot, then cold afternoon at Kaiser on Saturday. Na Menehune spanked 13 base hits, drawing six walks from Kaiser pitchers for good measure, […]