Math is math.
The way it came about is as strange as it gets. Leilehua remains at No. 1 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 today despite a loss to then No. 7 Mililani — and despite receiving just one out of 11 first-place votes.
The Lady Mules reached No. 1 in the poll last week, a first in recent years. Leilehua beat then-No. 10 Pearl City before losing at home (Kaala Elementary School field) to the Trojans, 5-3.
Instead of falling down the rankings, the panel of coaches and media left Leilehua (6-2, 3-1 OIA West) at No. 1. Or more accurately, the Lady Mules collected more points for the top three spots than any other team. Kamehameha (9-2, 4-0 ILH) moved up three spots to No. 2. The Warriors collected five first-place votes, as did No. 3 Campbell, but neither team could leap over Leilehua.
Kamehameha walloped St. Francis 11-2 and ‘Iolani 12-0 in ILH play. Campbell (9-3-2, 2-1 OIA West) played just one game last week, beating Waianae 6-4.
Maryknoll (7-3, 2-1 ILH) dropped two spots to No. 4 after a 3-1 win over St. Francis and a 10-4 loss to ‘Iolani.
Roosevelt (5-0-1, 3-0 OIA East) climbed one spot higher to No. 5 after a 3-1 road win over Moanalua.
Kapolei (2-2 OIA West) and Punahou (3-1 ILH), tied for sixth, and Mililani (2-2 OIA West), Pearl City (2-1 OIA West) and Kaiser (3-0 OIA East) rounded out the Top 10.
This is Kaiser’s first trip into the poll this season. Mid-Pacific dropped out of the Top 10.
Seven other teams also received votes: Baldwin (seven), ‘Iolani (six), Mid-Pacific (six), Waiakea (five), Waianae (five), St. Francis (five) and Lahainaluna (one).
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Dec. 17|