Perkins on No. 1 ranking: ‘I’m not telling them’

Kamehameha's Makoa Mau hit a double against Saint Louis. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser
Kamehameha’s Makoa Mau hit a double against Saint Louis. Cindy Ellen Russell / Star-Advertiser

Kamehameha coach Tommy Perkins is a longtime guru, a lifer on the diamond.

He knows the perils of too much attention, too early, too over the top. But the top is precisely where his baseball team is today. After wondrous wins over then-No. 3 Saint Louis and then-No. 1 Mid-Pacific, the Warriors have catapulted to the No. 1 spot in today’s Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.

Rankings change with the trade winds, no doubt. Kamehameha was tied for sixth in last week’s poll. With a tumultuous voyage ahead for all Interscholastic League of Honolulu teams — three round-robin treks through the toughest division in Hawaii prep baseball — the headlines of early March will be long forgotten soon enough.

“As far as the kids knowing, I’m not even sure they even know,” Perkins said on Tuesday afternoon. “For me, right now, today, I’m not going to mention anything today. It’s a great honor to be put there, but we just want to keep working hard and playing hard. That’s our goal right now.

“Every day is a new day. Every game is a new game. We just want to continue playing at the level we’re playing and hopefully, we’ll continue to be successful.”

But it never hurts a team to be recognized for its accomplishments. Nobody else has beaten two teams in the state’s top 3. Not yet. For now, the king is on the throne.


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