Pitching and defense may well win championships, but offense can sure sway a voter or two.
Baldwin is still the No. 1 team in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10, but a week of inactivity — the MIL season begins this week — and more torrid hitting by ‘Iolani caused minor seismic activity. Baldwin had all 10 first-place votes last week, but lost one to the ‘Iolani hit machine today.
Baldwin (8-1, 0-0 MIL) collected nine of the 10 top votes from coaches and media. ‘Iolani (13-3, 3-0 ILH) nabbed a No. 1 vote after sweeping through St. Francis, Saint Louis and Pac-Five last week. The Raiders scored 32 runs in the three wins to open ILH play.
The potency of Punahou’s offense was on display in a 19-0 win over Mid-Pacific at Damon Field. Punahou (10-1-1, 2-0 ILH) vaulted over Waiakea (8-1, 3-0 BIIF) for the No. 3 spot. Waiakea posted a 15-0 win at Keaau last week.
No. 5 Campbell (8-1-1, 2-0) out dueled Leilehua and Kapolei to open OIA West play last week while Kamehameha (7-3, 3-0 ILH) and Saint Louis (7-3, 2-1 ILH) share the No. 6 spot.
Mililani (7-4, 3-0) is at No. 8 after winning three in a row to start OIA West play. Mid-Pacific (10-3-2, 2-1 ILH) dropped three spots to No. 9 after the loss to Punahou.
Two OIA East teams, Kaiser (5-6-1, 2-0) and Roosevelt (2-0) share the No. 10 spot.
Kailua (3-5-2, 1-1 OIA East), which lost to Roosevelt and defeated Farrington, dropped out of the Top 10 after landing at No. 8 last week.
Kamehameha-Hawaii (four), Kailua (three), Kamehameha-Maui (three), Leilehua (two), Maui (one) and Radford (one) also received votes.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|