Baldwin squeaks past Saint Louis for No. 1 spot in Baseball Top 10

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 Baldwin Bears are back at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.

The Bears edged Saint Louis by one point in the voting by coaches and media to reclaim the top spot. They shared the No. 1 ranking with Saint Louis two weeks ago, but the Crusaders regained the top position last week.

Baldwin (16-2 overall) had a bye through the weekend and collected five out of 11 first-place votes. Saint Louis (22-3-1) also has five first-place votes after outlasting ‘Iolani, 4-3, for the ILH championship on Friday.


Waiakea, ‘Iolani and Kamehameha round out the top five. Maui returned to the Baseball Top 10 for the first time since Apr. 11 — mirroring the Sabers’ softball team. Like Maui’s softball squad, the baseball Sabers lost in their league final by one run last week.

The Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships begin this week. The Division I state tournament starts on Wednesday at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku. The D-II state tourney starts on Thursday at Dr. Francis Wong Stadium in Hilo.

Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10
May 2, 2022

Rank School (1st-place) (overall, reg season W-L) Pts LW
1. Baldwin (5) (16-2, 12-0 MIL) 104 2

2. Saint Louis (5) (22-3-1, 12-1-1 ILH) 103 1
> def. No. 6 Mid-Pacific 6-1, Tuesday
> lost to No. 6 ‘Iolani 7-4, Thursday
> def. No. 6 ‘Iolani 4-3, Friday

3. Waiakea (1) (10-0, 8-0 BIIF) 80 4


4. ‘Iolani (14-12, 4-10 ILH) 71 6
> def. No. 3 Kamehameha 6-1, Monday
> def. No. 1 Saint Louis 7-4, Thursday
> lost to No. 1 Saint Louis 4-3, 8 inn, Friday

5. Kamehameha (16-5-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 70 3
> lost to No. 6 ‘Iolani 6-1, Monday

6. Mililani (12-6, 8-2 OIA West) 57 5

7. Pearl City (8-2 OIA West) 32 8

8. Punahou (13-8-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 26 7

9. Mid-Pacific (16-8, 9-5 ILH) 18 9


10. Maui (8-9-1, 7-5 MIL) 16 NR

No longer in Top 10: Kalani (No. 10).
Also receiving votes: Hilo 10, Kalani 10, Maryknoll 5, Kailua 2.

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