In reality, we’ll never quite know who the best softball team in the OIA West actually was.
Was it Pearl City, which at 9-2 was the only OIA West team to lose less than three games in the regular season to finish at the top of the standings?
Was it Mililani, who beat the Chargers 3-1 to win the OIA tournament title and earn the No. 1 seed in the state tournament?
Or was it Campbell, which despite finishing third in the OIA West regular season and third in the OIA playoffs, came up huge once again in the state tournament to take home its third straight state crown?
Again, we will never know, but what we do know is this. When it comes to the biggest tournament of the year, coach Michael Hermosura and the Sabers have proven time and time again they are the ones to be feared most.
Campbell, led by all-tournament most outstanding player Dani Cervantes and catcher Barry Bonds…errrr Jocelyn Alo, who drew 13 walks in four tournament games, finishes the year at the top of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 rankings with all 10 first-place votes.
The Sabers were followed by Mililani, which earned all 10 second-place votes, and Pearl City as the OIA West swept the top three spots.
Division II got some respect with OIA and state champion Aiea finished No. 7 and state runner-up St. Francis tied for ninth.
The complete rankings follow below with a total of 15 teams receiving votes.
Finishing behind St. Francis and Lahainaluna, which tied for the No. 9 spot with 17 votes each, are Maui (15), ‘Iolani (12), Roosevelt (9), Kapolei (8) and Mid-Pacific (2).
|Updated: May 8|