After impressive wins over previously No. 6 Kamehameha and No. 5 Punahou to start the ILH season, Mid-Pacific jumped a spot to No. 2 in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 released today.
That sets up an early-season clash between the top two teams in the state when the Owls visit No. 1 ‘Iolani on Tuesday afternoon. The Raiders held on to the top spot with a win over Saint Louis last Wednesday.
Mid-Pacific jumped over Baldwin by a point despite the Bears owning half of the 10 first-place votes. ‘Iolani got three and Mid-Pacific was awarded the other two. The Bears don’t open MIL play until March 15.
Two teams on the move up this week are defending OIA champion Kailua and Campbell.
The Sabers opened OIA West play with a 1-0 shutout of Mililani and a 10-1 blitzing of Leilehua to jump four spots to No. 4.
The defending OIA champion Surfriders are in the rankings for the first time at No. 6 and have yet to give up a run after pounding Moanalua 13-0 and beating Kalani 1-0. Kailua’s Bryce Ballesteros threw a no-hitter against the Falcons with eight strikeouts.
Punahou, Mililani, Kamehameha and Waiakea round out the top 10. Waiakea will begin its BIIF regular season tomorrow.
A total of 17 teams received at least one vote this week with the Falcons (eight), Maui (three), Pearl City (two), Maryknoll (one), Kaiser (one), KS-Maui (one) and Hilo (one) also receiving consideration.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: May 16 (final)|