STATE BASEBALL RANKINGS: Five neighbor-island teams in Top 10

The addition of Hilo, which last made the state semifinals in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and '13, to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10 this week put five teams from the neighbor islands in the rankings. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Five neighbor-island teams are ranked in the latest Honolulu Star-Advertiser Baseball Top 10 released today.

It’s the first time it has happened this season and just the third time in the history of the poll.

Baldwin, which lost a first-place vote to ILH champion Punahou this week, is No. 1 for the 11th straight week dating back to the last season. Kamehameha-Hawaii, the top seed in the Division II state tournament beginning Thursday, is No. 4 for the second straight week. Hilo, which beat Waiakea for the BIIF title, is No. 8, followed by the Warriors at No. 9 and Maui at No. 10.

Maui (No. 1), Waiakea (No. 2), Baldwin (No. 7), Hilo (No. 9) and Kauai (No. 10) ended the 2017 ranked in the Top 10. In the week leading up to the 2015 state tournament, Baldwin, Maui, Hilo, Waiakea and KS-Hawaii were ranked Nos. 6-10.

The Buffanblu, who won their first ILH baseball championship since 2008 with a 2-0 victory over Kamehameha last week, moved up to the No. 2 spot with the Warriors jumping up three spots to No. 3.

Saint Louis dropped three spots to No. 5 ahead of No. 6 Mililani and No. 7 Campbell.

‘Iolani (six), Mid-Pacific (two), Kamehameha-Maui (two), Kailua (one), Radford (one) and St. Francis (one) also earned votes.

The Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships begin on Maui on Wednesday with five ranked teams playing in the opening round. No. 5 Saint Louis plays No. 9 Waiakea in the lone matchup of ranked teams.

No. 3 Kamehameha gets Castle and No. 10 Maui plays Kailua while No. 7 Campbell opens the tournament in Game 1 at 10:45 a.m. against Kaiser.

The Surfriders, whose six-week absence from the rankings is their longest stretch ever, own the longest active streak of 15 state-tournament appearances in a row.

KS-Hawaii, the only Division II team in the rankings, opens its state tournament on Thursday at Vidinha Stadium on Kauai against Waipahu.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

Updated: Dec. 5
1.Maryknoll (9)125
2.‘Iolani (2)111
3.Punahou (1)101
4.Saint Louis (1)99
5.Kailua 54
8. Campbell41

Division I State Tournament

Match #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 8Kaiser vs. Campbell10:45 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
2May 8Kamehameha vs. Castle1:30 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
3May 8Waiakea vs. Saint Louis4:15 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
4May 8Maui vs. Kailua7 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
5*May 9G3 loser vs. G2 loser8:15 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
6May 9(4) Mililani vs. G2 winner10:45 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
7May 9(3) Hilo vs. G4 winner1:30 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
8May 9(2) Punahou vs. G1 winner4:15 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
9May 9(1) Baldwin vs. G3 winner7 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
10*May 10G1 loser vs. G4 loser8:30 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
11*May 10G8 loser vs. G7 loser11 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
12*May 10G6 loser vs. G9 loser1:30 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
13May 10G7 winner vs. G8 winner4 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
14May 10G6 winner vs. G9 winner7 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
15*May 11G5 winner vs. G10 winner10:30 a.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
16*May 11G12 winner vs. G11 winner1 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
17*May 11G14 loser vs. G13 loser3:30 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
18May 11G14 winner vs. G13 winner6 p.m.Iron Maehara Stadium
* — consolation

Division II State Tournament

Game #DateMatchupTime/ScoresSite
1May 9(3) St. Francis vs. Konawaena11:30 a.m.Vidinha Stadium
2May 9(2) Radford vs. Seabury Hall2 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
3May 9(1) KS-Hawaii vs. Waipahu4:30 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
4May 9(4) Waimea vs. Molokai7 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
5*May 10G2 loser vs. G1 loser10:30 a.m.Vidinha Stadium
6*May 10G3 loser vs. G4 loser1 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
7May 10G2 winner vs. G1 winner3:30 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
8May 10G3 winner vs. G4 winner7:30 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
9*May 11G6 winner vs. G5 winner2 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
10*May 11G8 loser vs. G7 loser4:30 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
11May 11G8 winner vs. G7 winner7 p.m.Vidinha Stadium
* — consolation


  1. ahinalu May 6, 2019 2:39 pm

    Is there going to be any live coverage ?

  2. The Rim May 6, 2019 6:37 pm

    KS Hawaii DII but ranked 4 in the state. No business playing DII in all sports.

  3. Falcon Future May 7, 2019 7:49 am

    @The Rim, I agree with your statement. The BIIF is no joke in baseball and KS Hawaii beat everybody, including Hilo and Waiakea. From what I hear, KS Hawaii is loaded this year, both pitching and hitting. They would have a good shot to win the D1 and so they should dominate this D2 tournament. But …

    When schools like this are willing to settle for lower standards just so the kids can “win”, it also makes you wonder about other choices the school is making for the kids.

  4. Falcon Future May 7, 2019 4:21 pm

    I like Kamehameha’s chances to upset in the D1 bracket. Seems like they got a very nice draw.

  5. Wainakea May 8, 2019 2:07 am

    Hilo, Waiakea, and KS-Hawaii take players from the same pool and with changes at the helm in Hilo and Waiakea, KS-Hawaii is the top team this year.

    Talent wise, though, I’m not sure if this is BIIF’s year. Regardless KS-Hawaii should win the D2.

  6. Falcon Future May 8, 2019 1:35 pm

    LOL at Iolani not even good enough for top 10 in the state anymore. I talked to a scout here on Maui and he is pissed that Iolani not there for states. He is on the island all week to scout players and was ready to look at the Iolani prospects. Kamehameha and St. Louis beat out Iolani for states and now they can take advantage of this bonus. I guarantee the scouts will notice some of those St. Louis and Kamehameha boys. It is amazing how small things like this can affect the future of the players.

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