State champion Baldwin finishes Top 10 in nation

Baldwin's Haku Dudoit celebrated after scoring in the Bears' 14-4 win over Waiakea for the Division I state championship this season at Les Murakami Stadium. Jay Metzger / Special to the Star-Advertiser.

State champion Baldwin, which brought back to Maui its second state baseball trophy in three years last month, finished the season ranked No. 8 in the country by USA Today.

The Bears, who finished 16-1 this season, dropped one spot in the final Super 25 rankings released today. Baldwin finished second overall in the West Region, trailing only No. 5 Valley Christian-San Jose.

The Bears landed four players on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State team, including position player of the year Anthony Ho’opii-Tuionetoa, who was selected in the 16th round of the MLB draft earlier this month by the Minnesota Twins.

The Bears closed the season with a 14-4 mercy-rule win over Waiakea in the state final. After squeaking past Punahou, 8-7, in the quarterfinals, the Bears outscored their next two opponents in the state tournament 23-8.

For the season, Baldwin outscored its foes 136-26.

The island of Maui has won the last three state baseball championships overall with Maui High beating Waiakea in the state final in 2017.

Other Bears to make the All-State team this year were third baseman Chayce Akaka, first baseman Nainoa Keahi and utility Kaipo Haole.

Riverdale Baptist (Md.) finished No. 1 in the USA Today rankings after winning its final 27 games to finish 32-1.

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