One of the most intriguing softball seasons in Hawaii history was cut short, perhaps just temporarily, but may have ended with two powerhouses from the OIA West sharing the throne.
Campbell and Mililani finished in a tie for first place in Monday’s Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10. Campbell (9-3, 2-1) blanked dangerous Kapolei Charter last week, 4-0, and collected three of the 10 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media.
Mililani (7-2-1, 2-0) blanked then-No. 2 Kapolei, 5-0, and collected two first-place votes.
The Trojans and Sabers have combined to win nine of the last 10 OIA titles and four of the last six state titles with Campbell winning three in a row from 2015-17 after Mililani won in 2014.
The newcomer to the poll this week is Pearl City (6-4, 2-1 OIA West). The Chargers defeated Waianae and Kapolei last week.
‘Iolani (6-1-1, 2-1 ILH), which is the defending state champion, has a case of its own. Despite finishing No. 3 in this week’s poll, the Raiders had the most first-place votes with five, but couldn’t quite catch Campbell and Mililani. ‘Iolani is three points behind the co-leaders in the poll, making this season much more than a two-team race.
Last week’s No. 1 squad, Kamehameha (5-1, 2-1 ILH), lost to ‘Iolani, 12-0, and dropped to No. 4.
Mid-Pacific (6-2, 1-1 ILH), Kapolei (5-4, 2-2 OIA West), Maryknoll (6-2, 1-1 ILH), Punahou (8-8, 1-1 ILH), Pearl City and Baldwin (7-5, 3-0 MIL) round out the Top 10.
Roosevelt dropped out of the rankings after losing at Castle, 4-3.
Also receiving votes are Castle, Roosevelt, Waianae, Kohala, Kapaa and Kaiser.
State officials have extended spring break to Mar. 27. The spring sports season has been suspended officially as of Monday as global pandemic COVID-19 has forced cities and nations to shut down events and activities.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10
|Updated: Mar. 16|