Undefeated preseason has Punahou softball at No. 1

Punahou's Maya Matsubara stole second base in front of Maryknoll second baseman Logan Carlos (3) during a game last season. The Buffanblu are the preseason No. 1 team in the state in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10. Photo by Dennis Oda/Star-Advertiser.

Punahou made it all the way to the state Division I final a year ago, and the Buffanblu are off to a undefeated preseason start in softball.

As a result, they’re the No. 1-ranked team in the first Honolulu Star-Advertiser Softball Top 10 of the year.

The regular season starts this week with the ILH playing three of four schedule games on Monday. Pac-Five had to forfeit its game against Mid-Pacific due to a lack of players.

The defending D-I state champion Leilehua Mules are No. 2, followed closely by Campbell. The Mules open their regular season on Tuesday against Kapolei.

Last year, Leilehua beat the Buffanlu 14-4 in six innings in the state final.

In a preseason game this year, Punahou topped Leilehua 15-8.

No Neighbor Island teams made the first Top 10 of the season.

There are five teams from the ILH (Punahou, No. 4 St. Francis, No. 7 Maryknoll, No. 8 Kamehameha, and No. 10 ‘Iolani) and one from the OIA East (No. 6 Roosevelt).

As usual, the OIA West is well represented, with four teams — Campbell, Leilehua, No. 5 Mililani and No. 8 Kapolei.

Mid-Pacific (eight), Waianae (seven), Lahainaluna (six), Kaiser (three), Waiakea (three), Baldwin (two), Pearl City (two) and Maui (one) also received votes.

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10

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


  1. Opinion February 25, 2019 8:52 pm

    Undefeated no more!

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