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|