For the first time since 2012, the ILH will have three representatives in Division I of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships this year.
Pac-Five, which finished third in the ILH Division II race last year at 7-7, has moved up to Division I this season, giving the league seven teams in D-I and three in D-II.
The league has sent only two teams to the state tournament in Division I in six of the last seven years. Only Mid-Pacific in 2013 and Saint Louis the following year have won a D-I state championship from the ILH since 2010, when Punahou won the last of its seven in a row.
The ILH won nine state titles in a row from 2002 to ’10.
To accommodate the ILH’s third team, the BIIF runner-up and the OIA sixth-place team, which previously had both been guaranteed spots in the tournament, will now play a play-in game.
The state baseball tournament will be held May 8-11 at Les Murakami Stadium and Hans L’Orange Park this year at the same time as the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships, which will be held at McKinley and Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.