SOFTBALL TOP 10: Roosevelt earns highest ranking ever

Roosevelt celebrated with catcher Kanilehua Pitoy after her walk-off inside-the-park homer beat Kaiser in a game in March. Photo by Bruce Asato/Star-Advertiser.

One of two teams to finish undefeated in the OIA softball regular season, the Roosevelt Rough Riders have earned their highest ranking ever in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10.

The Rough Riders (12-0 OIA East) are tied with Punahou (13-3 ILH D-I) for No. 2 in the latest rankings released today behind No. 1 Campbell (12-0 OIA West), which holds down the top spot for a seventh consecutive week.

Roosevelt is ranked No. 2 for the first time since April 2010 when it spent three weeks at No. 2 in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin Top 10 before the newspaper merged with the Honolulu Advertiser.

The Rough Riders open the OIA playoffs on Thursday against the winner between Waianae and Kailua.

Roosevelt has won 18 straight regular-season games dating back to last year, when it reached the OIA final before losing to Campbell. The Rough Riders last won an OIA title in 2009.

Punahou slipped into a tie for No. 2 after losing to St. Francis on Friday. The Saints (11-4 ILH D-II) moved up four spots to No. 5 this week behind No. 4 ‘Iolani (13-3 ILH D-I). The Raiders play the Buffanblu this afternoon in a tiebreaker to determine the ILH regular-season champion. The winner also clinches a berth in the state tournament.

Maryknoll (11-5 ILH D-I) held on to its No. 6 ranking while Leilehua (7-5 OIA West) dropped two spots to No. 7. Mililani (7-5 OIA West) remained at No. 8 with Mid-Pacific (10-6 ILH D-I) and Kamehameha-Hawaii (15-0 BIIF D-II) finishing in a tie at No. 9.

KS-Hawaii owns the highest ranking by a neighbor-island team since Waiakea finished the 2017 season at No. 8.

Waianae (10), Kaiser (eight), Lahainaluna (four) and Baldwin (three) also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: 10/23
1.Kamehameha (10)100


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