The Punahou Buffanblu will begin their 2020 season where they left off last year.
The defending ILH and state champions received nine of 10 first-place votes to earn the No. 1 ranking in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 of the new season.
The Buffanblu will open the regular season Tuesday against No. 4 Saint Louis at Central Oahu Regional Park after going 5-0 in the preseason with wins over Mililani, Pearl City and Hilo.
Punahou returns seven starters from last year’s team, including All-State first-team third baseman Makana Murashige, second-team selections Aaron Tom, Koa Eldredge and Cody Hirano and third-team second baseman Kalae Harrison.
Mililani, the defending OIA champion who finished runner-up to Punahou in the state tournament, is No. 5 in the Star-Advertiser rankings to start the season.
Baldwin, which went 9-1 in the preseason with its only loss against Saint Louis, is No. 2 in the rankings ahead of No. 3 Mid-Pacific, which received the other first-place vote. The Owls were impressive in the preseason, going 10-2 with wins over Mililani, Kalani, Kaiser, Kailua and Campbell twice among others.
Their only loss to an Oahu team was against the Trojans.
MPI begins its season in the second game of a doubleheader against Pac-Five on Tuesday at Hans L’Orange Park in a game broadcast by Spectrum OC16.
Waiakea, which is one of only two teams in the state to return two first-team All-State players in first baseman Safea Mauai and outfielder Kala’i Rosario, is No. 6.
No. 7 Kamehameha, No. 8 Kailua, No. 9 Campbell and No. 10 ‘Iolani round out the Top 10.
There were 16 different teams to receive at least one vote with Hilo falling just two votes shy of the Raiders with 17. Maui (seven), Aiea (six), KS-Maui (one), Kaiser (one) and Kalani (one) were the others.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|