On the strength of two undefeated weekends before the start of the regular season, ‘Iolani and Baldwin are the top two teams in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 rankings released today.
The Raiders collected only two of the 10 first-place votes, but are ahead of Baldwin, which received six first-place votes. Mid-Pacific and Campbell received one each.
‘Iolani won the Richard Kitamura Baseball Tournament at Mid-Pacific, finishing 4-0 with wins over three ranked teams — including host MPI in the final on Sunday.
Baldwin went 3-0 in a tournament on Maui, which included a win over defending ILH champion Saint Louis.
Five of the top six teams in the first poll are from the ILH, with the Owls, Crusaders, Punahou and Kamehameha following in order behind Baldwin.
Mililani, Campbell, Kapolei and Waiakea round out the top 10.
The regular season in the OIA and ILH begins Wednesday with quality games in both leagues. No. 1 ‘Iolani will host No. 4 Saint Louis at 3:30 p.m. while the seventh-ranked Trojans will host No. 8 Campbell at 3 p.m.
No. 6 Kamehameha will debut under first-year head coach Kahi Kaanoi against No. 3 Mid-Pacific at 3:30 p.m. at Goeas Field in Hawaii Kai.
No. 2 Baldwin won’t open the MIL regular season until March 15 against Lahainaluna.
No. 9 Kapolei plays at Leilehua on Wednesday.
No. 10 Waiakea, which advanced to the state final last year, starts BIIF play on Tuesday against Pahoa.
Also receiving votes were Hilo (15), Pearl City (nine), Kalani (nine), Maui (seven), Kailua (two) and KS-Maui (one).
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|