Punahou jumps to No. 2 in softball top 10

Punahou shortstop D'Asha Saiki (12) got 'Iolani catcher Kai Barrett (18) at second base during the first inning of an ILH softball game. Photo by Jamm Aquino/Star-Advertiser.

A nine-game winning streak has Punahou tied for the lead in the ILH — for now — and ranked No. 2 in this week’s Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10.

The good news might not last long however as the Buffanblu host ILH co-leader ‘Iolani this afternoon with the winner taking over sole possession of first place.

The Buffanblu began the year No. 1 after an impressive preseason run, but began league play with losses to Maryknoll and Mid-Pacific. A 9-3 win over ‘Iolani on March 7 was the second victory of the Buffanblu’s current winning streak and seemed to have turn things around.


Punahou moved up five spots this week with wins over Maryknoll, Mid-Pacific and Damien.

The Raiders, who have won five in a row, are ranked No. 4 this week.

Campbell received eight first-place votes and is No. 1 for the fifth straight week. That’s the longest run for a team at No. 1 since the Sabers held that spot for 10 straight weeks from 2015-16.

Campbell has been ranked No. 1 at least once in five consecutive seasons.


OIA East-leading Roosevelt remained at No. 3 for the third consecutive week while defending state champion Leilehua made a big climb this week — up five spots to No. 5.

The Mules are another team starting to put it together with four straight wins over opening league play 2-3 in their first five. Leilehua beat then-No. 8 Mililani 6-4 on Wednesday and knocked off then-No. 2 Waianae 8-1 on Saturday.

The Seariders fell five spots all the way to No. 7 with the loss to the Mules, falling behind No. 6 Mid-Pacific.


St. Francis jumped up a spot to No. 8 with the Spartans and Trojans tied for No. 9.

Waiakea was just four spots out of the tie for ninth with 17 votes. Kamehameha-Hawaii (nine), Kapaa (eight), Lahainaluna (three), Baldwin (one) and Pearl City (one) also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

SOFTBALL
Updated: May 6
RkTeamPts
1.'Iolani (10)100
2.Leilehua89
3.Punahou79
t4.Campbell61
t4.Baldwin61
6.St. Francis48
7.Roosevelt39
8.Waianae31
9.Maryknoll16
10.Kaiser8

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