Kamehameha opens at No. 1 in Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10

Kamehameha's Keila Kamoku was greeted at the plate after hitting a home run in the Warriors' ILH season opener against Punahou. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

The 2020 softball season may turn out to have the most parity of any in Hawaii high school history.

It begins with Kamehameha at the top of the Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. Kamehameha (5-0, 2-0 ILH) collected six of 10 first-place votes to establish a comfortable lead over OIA West powerhouse Kapolei.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 2-1, 11-inning thriller over rival Campbell at McKinley Stadium on Saturday. No. 2 Kapolei (5-2, 2-0 OIA West) collected two first-place votes.

Campbell (8-3, 1-1 OIA West) is in the third slot. The Sabers won the Mililani Trojans Classic in preseason.

Two teams that played to a 1-all tie in the Classic were No. 4 ‘Iolani and No. 5 Mililani. ‘Iolani (5-1, 1-1 ILH) opened the regular season with a 26-1 rout of Sacred Hearts, then lost at Ala Wai Field 10-7 against the rising Mid-Pacific Owls.

No. 6 Mid-Pacific (6-1, 1-1 ILH) was potent in nonconference play with lopsided wins over Waimea (10-1), Maui (10-0), Pearl City (18-6), Kailua (8-2) and Waianae (9-0) at the Trojans Classic. The Owls lost to host Mililani 3-1, then lost in eight innings to Maryknoll 9-7 before beating defending state champion ‘Iolani.

No. 7 Maryknoll (6-2) began nonconference play with wins over KS-Hawaii (19-3), Kapolei Charter (1-0), Castle (9-3), Kaiser (13-5) and Pearl City (11-0) before losing to Campbell (6-0). Maryknoll received one first-place vote.

Roosevelt (3-3, 1-0 OIA East), which has won 19 straight games in the regular season, is in the No. 8 spot with Baldwin (6-5, 2-0) and Punahou (7-8, 0-1 ILH) tied for ninth.

Baldwin and Roosevelt have losses to unranked Moanalua (3-4, 1-0 OIA East).

Na Menehune received one vote. Other teams to receive votes were Waianae (11), Pearl City (nine), Leilehua (six), Kapolei Charter (three), Maui (two), Kamehameha-Hawaii (one) and Kohala (one).

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: May 9 (final)
1.Waiakea (15)150
2.Baldwin 133
3.Saint Louis 122
5.Pearl City67


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