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Baldwin is No. 16 in USA Today Super 25

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

The Baldwin Bears baseball team moved up eight spots to No. 16 in the USA Today Super 25. The Bears wrapped up their sixth Division I state championship on Friday with a 14-4, five-inning mercy-rule victory over Waiakea. Baldwin (16-1) also earned state titles in 1959, 1960, 1984, 1995 and 2016. Neighbor Islands teams have now won the last three D-I state championships and four of the last seven. Neighbor Islands D-I baseball champions through the years: >> 2018: Baldwin […]

Damien on upward trend with first major state title

By Nick Abramo on May 16, 2018

The Damien baseball team that kept on winning against the odds to capture the Division II title in the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships on Friday did something no other team in school history had done. It was Damien’s first state crown in a so-called major team sport. The school’s four previous state championships were won in what are considered minor sports – boys bowling in 1988 and 1993 and in boys cross country in 1969 and 1970. In […]

Baldwin closes on top, Damien finishes No. 9

By Paul Honda on May 15, 2018

The Baldwin Bears were virtually perfect in 2018. The final Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 of the season has all 10 first-places votes tallied for the Bears, who captured their second state championship in the past three seasons. MIL champion and nationally-ranked Baldwin (16-1) was followed by BIIF champion Waiakea (17-1), which lost to the Bears in the state final at Les Murakami Stadium on Friday. ‘Iolani (17-6-1), which reached the semifinal round of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships, […]

Hoopii-Tuionetoa, Uyeno lead all-tournament teams

By Billy Hull on May 11, 2018

The Baldwin Bears won their sixth state baseball title and second in three years in Division I while Damien won its first state baseball title ever in Division II. Below are the all-tournament teams in the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships. Division I Most outstanding player—Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa, Baldwin C – Micah Yonamine, Iolani IF – Kaipo Haole, Baldwin IF – Nainoa Keahi, Baldwin IF – Asa Kurasaki, Punahou IF – Casey Yamauchi, Waiakea OF – Kalai Rosario, Waiakea OF […]

Baldwin backs up national ranking with another title

By Billy Hull on May 11, 2018

The Division I state baseball trophy will remain on the Valley Isle for a third straight year. MIL champion Baldwin backed up its national ranking for most of the season with its second state championship in three years after rolling BIIF champion Waiakea 14-4 in five innings of the final game of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships tonight at Les Murakami Stadium. Haku Dudoit finished 2-for-3 with three runs and three RBIs and Chayce Akaka also scored three […]

Damien leaves no doubt

By Christian Shimabuku on May 11, 2018

With a chance to complete some unfinished business, Damien left no doubt. A year after being denied its first state championship in the HHSAA Division II title game by Kauai, the Monarchs downed Radford 12-0 in a five-inning mercy rule victory to finish the job. “Just proud of these guys. They deserve it,” Damien coach Timo Donahue said. “I think they played very well. They were loose. They’ve been here before so I think that helped us.” The Monarchs (15-7) […]

Waiakea plays long game back to state final

By Billy Hull on May 10, 2018

After losing to Maui in the state championship last year, Waiakea coach Rory Inouye decided to play the long game this season. Instead of riding two aces, like he did with David Nakamura and Makoa Andres before losing to the Sabers 6-1 in the final, Inouye went with a four-man rotation this year. Sure, it left open the opportunity for a possible regular-season loss, but the ultimate goal for the Warriors was to get back to the finals and become […]

Akana goes 8 innings to lead Radford into final

By Christian Shimabuku on May 10, 2018

Not winning an OIA title hurt for Radford, but Rams coach Jacob Sur knew his team had bigger goals in mind. After today’s 3-2 win over Kapaa in eight innings at Les Murakami Stadium, the Rams clinched a spot in Friday’s HHSAA Division II championship game after DJ Kabua’s walk with the bases loaded. Meanwhile, the Farrington team that it lost to on April 21 fell to Damien in the other semifinal. A walk off walk for DJ Kabua and […]