‘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?