‘Iolani takes Kitamura tournament title

'Iolani pitcher Jonah Miyazawa helped the Raiders win the Richard Kitamura tournament on Sunday at Mid-Pacific. Photo by Cindy Ellen Russell/Star-Advertiser.

‘Iolani, which finished the regular season fifth out of six teams in the ILH last year, will open the 2018 regular season riding a wave of momentum.

The Raiders won the 38th Annual Richard Kitamura Baseball Tournament at Mid-Pacific on Sunday with a 10-5 victory over the host Owls.

‘Iolani, which last appeared in the state tournament in 2013, began the MPI tourney with a 15-5 win over Roosevelt on Thursday. The Raiders went on to beat Waiakea 8-1 on Friday and Punahou 9-6 on Saturday before closing with the win over Mid-Pacific, which had defeated Waianae, Aiea and Mililani to get to the title game.

The Raiders will open the ILH regular season at home on Wednesday against defending league champion Saint Louis, which went 2-1 in a tournament on Maui over the weekend.

The Crusaders beat Kamehameha-Maui 3-2 and defending state champion Maui 9-2 before losing to Baldwin on Saturday 7-4. The Bears, who have six starters that played on the 2016 state championship squad, went 3-0 in the tournament and scored 26 runs in games against the Crusaders, Kauai and Hilo.

The first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 will debut Monday afternoon.


Any guesses on a possible top 10?


  1. Hmmm? February 25, 2018 7:28 pm

    Ahhh… MP plays Wain(D2), Aiea(avg.), and Mil(good) to get into Champ. gm. Home Cooking to play last day, last gm.

  2. PublicSchool February 25, 2018 8:32 pm

    Ummmm. LOL. And what’s your point?

  3. Rebel February 25, 2018 9:48 pm

    I think the point is play lesser teams to get into final. Or, since we gotta be here all day, MP, should be in finals.

  4. Telling It Like It is February 26, 2018 5:39 am

    It’s their tourney. They can do what they like.

  5. OIA February 26, 2018 7:07 am

    Well in any tournament you have to play the teams participating rather their invited or open to all and I’m assuming they had pool play games for placement in tournament bracket, so you can’t really pick who you play unless a team sandbag the pool play to place in bracket to play weaker teams on road to championship but then you play more games and risk a chance of losing and getting eleminated along the way to the championship.

  6. HI HS FAN February 26, 2018 9:25 am

    Noticed that Kahuku’s baseball team will be playing all their “home” games at the visitors home field. Why is that? In the past Kahuku played on the public park next to the elementary school or what is known as the “upper field.” Is it because the city P & R hasn’t kept up with the maintenance of the field? I also heard that the lights for the field was approved but not installed. Seems like the P & R has put rural area parks, such as Kahuku and Waialua, on the wait list while other communities, especially those with the right political connection, to have their lights and improvements approved pretty quickly. What’s up with that? Furthermore, their are a lot of public schools without their own baseball fields. Which prompts them to use community parks. Scheduling becomes hard when other community teams share the use of the parks for soccer, baseball, etc. Maybe something the DOE and City & County must look at. It would be great if all schools could have their own ballparks.

  7. PublicSchool February 26, 2018 10:09 am

    Telling It Like It Is EXACTLY. Everyone who hosts a tournament sets it up however they want. Look at the Iolani Classic. Iolani never plays a mainland team in the first round. And that’s their prerogative. And everyone who plays in tournaments know that’s just how it is.

  8. Real Deal February 26, 2018 10:42 am

    Who cares, it’s only pre-season. The reg season starts on Wed. Let the games begin.

  9. ILH February 26, 2018 11:20 am

    Iolani looked really good in this tournament.

    Could do away with all the chirping though. Kind of takes away from how good they are.

  10. For Shame February 26, 2018 1:14 pm

    Yes, Iolani baseball player behavior (team/dugout) over past 3 years have Eddie Hamada and Father Bray turning over in their graves. Coach encourages behavior and AD doesn’t care. Embarassing….

  11. For Stupid February 26, 2018 2:01 pm

    Ummm I would think you need to look at their parents first!!!!!!

  12. Coach/Fan February 26, 2018 6:40 pm

    Yes, student-athletes are a reflection of their parents, but they are also a reflection of their coaches and their school. If a player disrespects his/her coach, I’d say that would be a direct reflection of their parents. If a player disrespects his/her opponents, officials, or the sport itself, that’s the responsibilty of the coaches to correct it. And the responsibility of the administration to let the coaches handle it without interfering, unless called upon to do so.
    “Chirping” in baseball is mild today compared to what went on years ago, but I agree that it has no place in the game, especially in high school and in lower levels. Watching the MPI-Iolani game yesterday, the Iolani bench (1st base dugout) received a warning from the head umpire while Iolani was batting. The head coach was coaching 3rd base, which means an assistant should be policing the dugout. But it all comes down to the “head man” and taking control of the team.
    It’s easy to blame the parents all the time, but this type of behavior can easily be corrected by the coaches.

  13. ILH February 27, 2018 9:26 am

    wow. ok . im not the only one seeing this. the boys chirp and chirp and the coach has on several occasions chirped directly to an opposing teams players. of course the opposing team started to respond. iolani ends up losing and the iolani coach has a fit and walks towards the opposing teams dugout after the game to let the coach know that he needs to control his players and that they are disrespectful. crybaby action. it never caught on with me before but my friend insists that Iolani should change their name to Cryolani, now I see it.

    Im all about competition but Iolani has small mans victim syndrome. You beat me, you picking on me, I beat you, Hahaha you got beat by a lesser team.

    These the same guys that chirp up a storm at the diamond but when you see em at kahala mall or wherever else these rich kids hang out they silent and no make eye contact.

    Decrease the chirping and play ball cause you got a pretty good team. pau rant.

  14. stop crying February 27, 2018 1:16 pm

    the coach must be doing something right in 3 years to build a team with all underclassmen and now sitting atop the rankings in the preseason. not too mention they dont get all the recruits like mpi, stl and punahou.

  15. Real Deal February 27, 2018 2:03 pm

    you talking about the whole league!! All teams “rag” and then hush outside the diamond, this is the nature of the game and has been going on for decades.

  16. JustPlay February 27, 2018 6:33 pm

    All teams do not rag. For those who actually go to baseball games, you know who is known for ragging and who isn’t.

  17. Soft generation February 27, 2018 6:40 pm

    Instead of crying about ragging how bout u worry bout winning? Maybe thats the problem, too busy worrying about the kids feelings getting hurt, get out there and win.

  18. Hmmm? February 27, 2018 8:11 pm

    I go to a lot of games. Real Deal is right, every team says something some louder than others,
    and I also agree w/ Soft Generation….

  19. ILH March 1, 2018 8:21 am

    stop crying February 27, 2018 1:16 pm
    the coach must be doing something right in 3 years to build a team with all underclassmen and now sitting atop the rankings in the preseason. not too mention they dont get all the recruits like mpi, stl and punahou.

    I rest my case.

    Soft generation February 27, 2018 6:40 pm
    Instead of crying about ragging how bout u worry bout winning? Maybe thats the problem, too busy worrying about the kids feelings getting hurt, get out there and win.

    How about you teach your coaches how to coach and be good role models? Thats where the buck stops and we all know that if they aint Police-ing it they condoning it, or in this case leading the charge.

  20. toughen up March 1, 2018 8:55 am


    why not blame the parents of the kids than? thats whos raising the kids not the coach. the coach cant be liable for the kids actions and emotions. if a kid gets busted for a fight in school or cheating on a test or anything. are you going to blame the coach? you blame the kid right?

  21. ILH March 1, 2018 10:13 am

    Okay, lets blame the parents too.

    So its the coaches, players and parents. What about admin?

    They attend the games, they see the behavior, lets put them in too. What about alumni?

    They give money to the school to support the athletic programs that are behaving in this manner, lets put them in also.

    Ridiculous right?

    Just like your question.

    Answer me this, why is it okay for the coaches to behave in this manner?

  22. it aint easy March 2, 2018 10:12 am

    Every coach has a different way to pump up his team and get them ready, one may yell at his players, one may talk to them softly, one may talk trash to try and get them motivated and one may not. at the end of the day what works for one may not work for the other. gotta give credit where credit is due. i dont know much about the coaches but i do know that iolani coach is doing something right. also i give credit to all the coaches out there, its not easy and it definitely aint about the money, its about the love of the game and wanting to give back to the kids. its crybaby parents, kids, alumni, admin and outsiders that make the coaching job so hard for the coaches that are out there putting in hours to better the kids. if you have a problem with any coach put your name in to be the next coach if you think you can do a better job, if not sit back and watch them help the kids out to get better in the game they love to play

  23. ILH March 2, 2018 3:52 pm

    yes, yes, yes, yes, wait…..whaaat?

    i dont know much about the coaches but i do know that iolani coach is doing something right.

    Based on? Winning?

    It aint winning unless you do it the right way. Everyone has a way of motivating players, true, but the good ones know how to do it and be a good role model at the same time.

    I hope the best for the team, like I mentioned in my first post, I think that they are super talented. Its just disheartening to see them behave the way they do, especially when it seems to be the culture the coaches are promoting.

    I look forward to seeing them as 1 of the 3 ILH representative in the State Tourney.

    Officially Pau.

  24. Step up and make a change March 2, 2018 4:15 pm

    So who’s to judge what a good role model is? Do you sit in at all their practices and meetings and warmups? That’s goes for every team out there. Do you know what the coaches tell their kids? Or do u just watch certain coaches? Looks like u only got something against one coach in particular. If you don’t agree go ahead and apply for the job. Maybe they can meet ur standards if ur the coach. Go talk to the head of the school and let them know you’d like to apply, or do u not meet the qualifications? There’s always going to be critics of every team, coach and player

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