Sparta reigns: Maryknoll closes season at No. 1 in Softball Top 10

The Maryknoll Spartans captured the 2022 softball state championship, outlasting rival ‘Iolani in the title game, 5-2, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium. Paul Honda/Star-Advertiser (May 12, 2022).

Maryknoll was the ultimate hot start, hot finish team.

The Spartans began the season at No. 1 in the Star-Advertiser Top 10 scorching hot with a 7-0 mark at the Mililani Softball Classic. Then came three losses in their first four ILH games. Maryknoll did not lose again for nearly one month, winning seven in a row before tumbling in two losses to ‘Iolani, the league champion.

Four wins at the Datahouse/HHSAA Softball State Championships rewarded the Spartans with their first state title. After being ranked as low as No. 5 in March, they collected all 15 first-place votes from the panel of coaches and media to close the 2022 season at No. 1.


Last week’s co-leaders in the poll, ‘Iolani and Kapolei, finished at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. Other than the emergence of Maryknoll — and the clutch pitching of Nicole Sniffen —the rest of the Top 10 had some minor reshuffling and no newcomers.

Division II state champion Kapaa received votes for the first time this season, but it wasn’t enough to sneak past No. 10 Maui.

Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10
May 16 2022

Rank School (1st place) (overall, reg. season) Pts LW
1. Maryknoll (13) (19-5, 5-3 ILH) 130 4
> def. No. 8 Leilehua 11-6, Monday
> def. No. 7 Baldwin 13-2, Tuesday
> def. No. 1 Kapolei 9-2, Wednesday
> def. No. 1 ‘Iolani 5-2, Thursday

2. ‘Iolani (23-5, 6-2 ILH) 117 1-T
> def. No. 5 Campbell 4-3, 8 inn, Tuesday
> def. No. 3 Mililani 10-4, Wednesday
> lost to No. 4 Maryknoll 5-2, Thursday

3. Kapolei (16-5-1, 8-2 OIA West) 103 1-T
> def. Kaiser 21-5, 5 inn, Tuesday
> lost to No. 4 Maryknoll 9-2, Wednesday
> def. No. 3 Mililani 3-2, Thursday


4. Mililani (19-7, 9-1 OIA West) 90 3
> def. Kalani 13-3, 5 inn, Monday
> def. Kealakehe 25-0, 5 inn, Tuesday
> lost to No. 1 ‘Iolani 10-4, Wednesday
> lost to No. 1 Kapolei 3-2, Thursday

5. Campbell (17-9, 5-5 OIA West) 77 5
> def. Maui 3-1, Monday
> lost to No. 1 ‘Iolani 4-3, 8 inn, Tuesday
> def. Kealakehe 11-1, 5 inn, Wednesday
> def. No. 7 Baldwin 10-1, 5 inn, Thursday

6. Leilehua (15-8, 6-4 OIA West) 49 8
> lost to No. 4 Maryknoll 11-6, Monday
> def. Hilo 17-1, Tuesday
> def. No. 10 Maui 9-2, 4 inn, Wednesday

7. Kamehameha (12-7, 5-3 ILH) 48 6

8. Baldwin (16-3-1, 11-1 MIL) 44 7
> lost to No. 4 Maryknoll 13-2, Tuesday
> def. Kaiser 8-3, Wednesday
> lost to No. 5 Campbell 10-1, 5 inn,Thursday

9. Punahou (11-7, 4-4 ILH) 21 9


10. Maui (16-8, 8-2 MIL) 13 10
> lost to No. 5 Campbell 3-1, Monday
> def. Kalani 5-4, Tuesday
> lost to No. 8 Leilehua 9-2, 4 inn, Wednesday

Also receiving votes: Kapaa 9, Kaiser 5, Hilo 1, Nanakuli 1, Pac-Five 1, Waimea 1,

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