With the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships just nine days away, two Kamehameha schools are making a big charge up the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.
Undefeated Kamehameha-Hawaii, which has beaten Waiakea and shut out Hilo this season, took advantage of loses by other top schools to climb all the way to No. 4 in the latest rankings released today.
The Warriors (17-0) are the first Division II team in the history of the Star-Advertiser poll to crack the top four.
KS-Hawaii can win an eighth straight BIIF championship with a win over Konawaena this afternoon at Wong Stadium.
On Oahu, the Kamehameha Warriors have gone from finishing fourth in the ILH regular season to clinching one of the league’s three state-tournament berths with an impressive showing in the ILH double-elimination tournament.
Kamehameha, ranked a season-best No. 6 this week, plays Saint Louis at Hans L’Orange Park at 4:30 p.m., weather permitting, for the tournament title. The winner will play Punahou for the overall ILH championship on Wednesday.
The Warriors had given up just one run in 23 innings in the ILH tournament when their game against Saint Louis was halted midway through the third inning on Friday with the Warriors ahead 4-0.
It continued on Saturday and the streak stretched to 25 innings before the Crusaders put up five runs in the fifth inning to win 5-4 and force today’s tournament finale.
The Crusaders moved up a spot to a season-best No. 2 in today’s Top 10.
Mililani, which shared the No. 5 spot with Campbell last week, took over sole possession of the ranking after winning back-to-back games in the OIA tournament in walk-off fashion to claim a second straight league title.
Campbell dropped to No. 7 behind Kamehameha.
Waiakea, which lost to Hilo in extra innings in the first of a three-game series for the BIIF crown, dropped all the way to No. 8 with Maui and ‘Iolani rounding out the Top 10.
Hilo (five), Kailua (three), St. Francis (three), Kaiser (one), Molokai (one) and Mid-Pacific (one) also received at least one vote.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|
|1.||Saint Louis (6)||94|