Baldwin leaps into share of No. 1 ranking with Saint Louis

Baldwin became the first MIL team to win a state baseball championship since Molokai in 2000 when the Bears won it all in 2016. In '17, Baldwin was ranked in the top 25 in the country by USA Today. Photo by Bryan Berkowitz/Special to the Star-Advertiser.

The good-news Bears are back.

Baldwin collected four of nine first-place votes and landed in a tie at No. 1 with Saint Louis in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10. The Bears swept Maui in a three-game series last week and improved to 12-0 in the MIL (14-2 overall).

Baldwin could not shake the Crusaders, who also collected four first-place votes from coaches and media. Saint Louis (20-2-1 overall) lost to Punahou last week in the ILH double-elimination tournament.


Baldwin won the state championship in 2016 and ’18. This year’s Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships are set at Iron Maehara Stadium in Wailuku (Division I) and Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo (D-II).

Kamehameha elevated to No. 3 and Punahou moved up to No. 4. Waiakea, which received one first-place vote, is at No. 5.

Pearl City (8-2 OIA West) returned to the Top 10 at No. 9 after beating Campbell and Leilehua. Mililani (8-2 OIA West) also returned and shares the No. 10 spot with Hilo. The Trojans routed Kapolei and Campbell last week.

Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10
Apr. 18, 2022

Rank School (1st-place votes) Pts LW
1. (tie) Baldwin (5) (14-2, 12-0 MIL) 80 1
> def. No. 8 Maui 10-0, Thursday
> def. No. 8 Maui 2-1, Friday
> def. No. 8 Maui 4-2, Saturday

1. (tie) Saint Louis (4) (20-2-1, 12-1-1 ILH) 80 1
> lost to No. 6 Punahou 5-2, Saturday

3. Kamehameha (15-5-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 69 4
> won at ‘Iolani 10-0, 5 inn, Monday
> def. Pac-Five 7-6, Thursday
> def. No. 4 Mid-Pacific 11-1, 5 inn, Saturday

4. Punahou (13-6-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 67 6
> def. No. 7 Maryknoll 7-2, Thursday
> def. No. 1 Saint Louis 5-1, Saturday

5. Waiakea (1) (6-0 BIIF) 56 5
> def. No. 9 Hilo 3-1, Wednesday


6. Mid-Pacific (16-7, 9-5 ILH) 47 3
> def. ‘Iolani 12-4, Thursday
> lost to No. 3 Kamehameha 11-1, 5 inn, Saturday

7. Maryknoll (10-7-1, 8-5-1 ILH) 22 7
> lost to No. 6 Punahou 7-2, Thursday

8. Kalani (10-2 OIA East) 18 9-T
> def. Roosevelt 3-2, Wednesday
> def. Kaiser 12-6, Saturday

9. Pearl City (8-2 OIA West) 15 NR
> won at Campbell 4-1, Wednesday
> def. Leilehua 11-1, Saturday

10. (tie) Hilo (2-2 BIIF) 13 9-T
> lost at No. 5 Waiakea 3-1, Wednesday

10. (tie) Mililani (8-2 OIA West) 13 NR
> won at Kapolei 12-0, 5 inn, Wednesday
> def. Campbell 13-3, Friday

No longer in Top 10: Maui (No. 8).

Also receiving votes: Maui 12, Kailua 2, Molokai 1.


Maui (7-9-1, 7-5 MIL)
> lost to No. 2 Baldwin 10-0, Thursday
> lost to No. 2 Baldwin 2-1, Friday
> lost to No. 2 Baldwin 4-2, Saturday

Kailua (8-4 OIA East)
> lost at Kaiser 8-3, Wednesday
> def. Castle 11-7, Saturday

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