After going unscathed through the ILH’s double-elimination tournament to win its 14th ILH baseball championship under coach Dunn Muramaru, Mid-Pacific narrowly edged out MIL champion Baldwin for the No. 1 ranking in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.
These rankings will hold up until after the state tournament, meaning the Owls will be No. 1 when they take the field on May 9 in the quarterfinals of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA State Baseball Championships at Les Murakami Stadium.
It remains to be seen how the state seeding will go with four quality league champions in MPI, Baldwin, OIA champion Mililani and BIIF champion Waiakea.
The Bears, despite receiving seven out of 10 first-place votes this week, finished one vote behind the Owls after winning the MIL title. Baldwin outscores its Maui opponents 105-11 during the regular season and two tournament wins.
‘Iolani and Waiakea remained at Nos. 3 and 4 with the Trojans moving up a spot ahead of Campbell, which is ranked No. 6.
Punahou, Kailua, Kamehameha-Maui and Kalani round out the top 10.
In addition to the four league champions who will be seeded, the state tournament will also consist of Kamehameha-Maui, Kailua, Campbell, Pearl City, Kalani, Punahou, ‘Iolani and the winner of a play-in game between Hilo and Leilehua scheduled for Friday at Wong Stadium.
Also receiving votes: Kamehameha (five), Pearl City (four), Damien (four), Saint Louis (one), Farrington (one)
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: May 16 (final)|