Mid-Pacific, Baldwin tied for top spot

Mid-Pacific infielder Hunter Hirayama made a tough throw on the run to get Punahou's Kyson Donahue out at first base in the third inning of MPI's 5-4 win in nine innings on Thursday. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

For three consecutive weeks, just two votes separated Baldwin and Mid-Pacific at the top of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.

This week, that number is zero.

The undefeated Bears (6-0) and ILH-leading Owls (7-1) are tied at No. 1 despite receiving a different number of first-place votes.

Baldwin, which is ranked No. 21 in the country by USA Today, received seven of the 10 first-place votes but oddly enough, did not receive a second-place vote. On the three ballots that didn’t have the Bears No. 1, they were third, fourth and fifth.

Mid-Pacific received the other three first-place votes but was also ranked no lower than third.

The top spot was not the only tie in this week’s poll. ‘Iolani (5-2-1) and undefeated Waiakea (7-0), the state runner-up from a year ago, are tied at No. 6, behind No. 3 Campbell, No. 4 Kamehameha and No. 5 Punahou.

The Sabers jumped up a spot to No. 3 — their highest ranking of the year — following an impressive 3-0 week.

The Buffanblu have played three consecutive one-run games, bouncing back from a 7-6 loss to Kamehameha in eight innings to beat the Warriors 4-3 scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Punahou then lost a 5-4 affair to No. 1 Mid-Pacific in nine innings two days later.

Kalani (7-2), which moved a half-game ahead of Kailua in the OIA East following a 2-1 victory in nine innings, jumped into the poll at No. 8, followed by the Surfriders (6-2).

Pearl City (6-3) remained at No. 10.

Kamehameha-Maui (six), Hilo (three), St. Francis (three), Mililani (three), Maryknoll (one), Saint Louis (one) and Radford (one) also received at least one vote.

Defending state champion Maui did not receive a vote for the first time this year after losing two of three to KS-Maui.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Nov. 21
1.Kahuku (10)100
6.Saint Louis 45
8. Kapolei28


  1. ILH April 3, 2018 7:55 am

    Just a thought.

    When you play baseball year round and “encouraged” not to play another sport, you should be good right?? I mean, if you play all summer, fall, and winter than come spring and you should be just steamrolling along.

    I guess its just different schools of thought. If you dont go on to college to play baseball, then you missed a lot of great opportunities to grow while in HS by playing other sports. But, by focusing on one sport you increased your chances of playing at the next level.

    Anyone have any thoughts on this?

  2. OIA April 3, 2018 12:05 pm


    Encourage your child to play multiple sports because if you don’t go to college you might miss great opportunities to grow while in high school.

    If you focus on one sport and play it year round you should be good and increase your chances of playing at the next level.

    Just my Thoughts!!

  3. ILH April 3, 2018 2:41 pm

    Great insight OIA, what if your child excels at multiple sports??
    For those parents blessed with gifted children?

  4. OIA April 3, 2018 4:24 pm

    Then you you encourage that child to drink a lot of water, vitamins,and stretch everyday…Lol!
    Don’t forget to thank god for his blessings!!!

  5. Padded stats April 4, 2018 12:43 pm

    How is baldwin 21 in the country and not even outright first in the state? On the oia or ilh they wouldnt even win the division

  6. All4One April 6, 2018 2:52 pm

    A little jealous padded stats??? I bet U don’t even know who won the last 2 state championships..if U don’t have anything nice to say then keep it shut

  7. MIL April 7, 2018 7:15 pm

    All41, U live on Maui, can tell by your remarks on other articles. Yeah, BHS, never play anybody…girlie league this year…let’s see if they can handle the Pressure…I predict, by the lock of the draw…fearless, Surfriders take you out. Mark my words!

  8. MIL April 7, 2018 7:26 pm

    In regards to playing one sport( U, talking about Mid Pacific huh) Coach Muramaru, does not allow his player’s to play other sports. Wants a total commitment to his ️️baseball program. He forgot, that he was a 3 sport letterman at Kalani High, a good athlete too. They have some athlete there, but most of them have to put in the year around repetition to become good player’s…it works in his robotic system so guess U can’t knock it. He should remember, it takes away from the athlete that can help the entire program and not only his. Think about it!

  9. MIL April 7, 2018 7:35 pm

    By the way, what happen to the huge article on St. Francis shutout victory over the Owls? Div2, bust the top rank team… No respect! They covered up the victory that St. Francis deserved, with another article that was touching and spirited. That’s ok, Saints, U were way better then they were on that day…congrats!

  10. Confused April 8, 2018 12:13 am

    MIL great point. That little school in Manoa known as Saint Francis has a combined high school enrollment (boys and girls of around 200 students 9-12). Saint Francis probably shocked themselves with that shut out victory over MPI at MPI and followed that performance pushing #5 Punahou to 10 innings, finally dropping that game 3-2 earlier today. Im a sucker for underdog success stories and was surprised like you that hardly any mention of the huge MPI upset by Saint Francis occurred and really threw a monkey wrench into the ILH D1 race. The story was for the most part kept a secret…Good Job Saint Francis!

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