Saint Louis regains sole possession of No. 1 in Baseball Top 10

Saint Louis ace Spencer Rego delivers his final strikeout to end the game as the Crusaders blanked Kamehameha, 2-0, on Thursday, Mar. 31, at Patsy Mink Central Oahu Regional Park. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser.

The tricky winds of fickle voters prevail this week.

Despite losing to then-unranked ‘Iolani, Saint Louis has re-emerged as the sole occupant of the No. 1 ranking in the Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10.

A week ago, Baldwin and Saint Louis shared the top billing. Baldwin then blanked Kamehameha-Maui, 3-0, and edged rival Maui, 2-1. The Bears, 16-2 overall and a perfect 12-0 against Maui Interscholastic League opponents, collected four of 12 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media.


Saint Louis (21-3-1) gathered six first-place votes and will play the ILH double-elimination tournament winner — Kamehameha or ‘Iolani — for the league championship on Friday.

Kamehameha (16-5-2) remained at No. 3, followed by Waiakea (10-0), which remains unbeaten at 8-0 in Big Island Interscholastic Federation action.
Newly crowned OIA champion Mililani (12-6) leaped five spots to No. 5.

Upstart ‘Iolani (11-12) zoomed to the No. 6 spot, landing in the Top 10 for the first time since Mar. 14. The Raiders were 5-1 in preseason, but struggled in league play and were 4-10 before catching fire in the postseason tourney.

Maryknoll and Hilo dropped out of the Top 10. Two teams in this week’s rankings are already done with postseason play: Punahou and Mid-Pacific.

Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10
Apr. 25, 2022

Rank School (1st-place) (overall, reg season W-L) Pts LW
1. Saint Louis (6) (21-3-1, 12-1-1 ILH) 112 1-T
> def. No. 6 Mid-Pacific 6-1, Tuesday
> lost to ‘Iolani 7-5, Thursday
> vs. ILH tournament winner, Friday

2. Baldwin (4) (16-2, 12-0 MIL) 107 1-T
> def. KS-Maui 3-0, Thursday
> def. Maui 2-1, Saturday


3. Kamehameha (1) (16-5-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 99 3
> def. No. 4 Punahou 10-0, 6 inn, Thursday
> vs. ‘Iolani, Monday

4. Waiakea (1) (10-0, 8-0 BIIF) 79 5
> def. Keaau 18-0, 4 inn, Thursday
> def. No. 10 Hilo 4-3, Saturday

5. Mililani (12-6, 8-2 OIA West) 61 10-T
> def. Kaiser 8-3, Thursday
> def. Kailua 13-3, 5 inn, Friday
> def. No. 9 Pearl City 5-4, Saturday

6. ‘Iolani (11-12, 4-10 ILH) 46 NR
> def. No. 7 Maryknoll 7-3, Tuesday
> def. No. 1 Saint Louis 7-4, Thursday
> def. No. 4 Punahou 7-4, Saturday
> vs. Kamehameha, Monday

7. Punahou (13-8-2, 8-5-1 ILH) 38 4
> lost to No. 3 Kamehameha 10-0, 6 inn, Thursday
> lost to ‘Iolani 7-4, Saturday

8. Pearl City (8-2 OIA West) 33 9
> def. Moanalua 10-3, Thursday
> def. No. 8 Kalani 7-3, Friday
> lost to Mililani 5-4, Saturday

9. Mid-Pacific (16-8, 9-5 ILH) 27 6
> lost to No. 1 Saint Louis 6-1, Tuesday


10. Kalani (10-2 OIA East) 21 8
> def. Aiea 3-0, Thursday
> lost to No. 9 Pearl City 7-3, Friday
> won at Kailua 10-0, 5 inn, Saturday

No longer in Top 10: Maryknoll (No. 7), Hilo (No. 10-tie).
Also receiving votes: Hilo 16, Maryknoll 11, Maui 7, Kailua 2, Moanalua 1.

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