Baldwin closes on top, Damien finishes No. 9

Baldwin's Kevin Varner Jr. celebrated with teammates after scoring one of the Bears' 14 runs against Waiakea in the state final. Photo by Jay Metzger/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

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, finished third in the rankings, followed by ILH champion Mid-Pacific (15-5) and OIA runner-up Kailua (14-5).

OIA champ Mililani (14-5), Campbell (15-4), Punahou (14-8), Damien (15-7) and Kalani (13-5) round out the Top 10. Division II state champion Damien is in the poll for the first time this season.

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