Baldwin advances to baseball semis

May 7, 2010, 6:43 AM HST · Updated May 7, 6:43 AM
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Baldwin advances to baseball semis

By Fred Guzman

MauiNews.com

Playing before an overflow crowd, the hometown Baldwin Bears crashed what otherwise would have been an all-ILH affair by crushing Campbell 13-2 in just six innings last night to earn a berth in state high school baseball Division-I semifinals.

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The third-seeded Bears rode a solid pitching performance by junior right-hander Brysen Dafun and a 13-hit attack, highlighted by James Uweko’olani’s monster three-run homer in the six-run sixth inning for the lopsided victory at Iron Maehara Staddium.

The victory gained Baldwin (25-4) a 4 p.m. date with second-seeded Saint Louis (27-4), which advanced with a 4-2 win over Kailua.

The other semifinal is scheduled for 7 p.m., with six-time defending champion Punahou (20-7-1) tangling with yet another ILH team, Mid-Pacific (24-7).

Punahou pounded previously unbeaten and top-seeded Pearl City, 8-1. Mid-Pac bounced back after squandering a two-run lead in the bottom of the seven to beat fourth-seeded Hilo 8-5 on Ryan Muraoka’s three-run blast in the 10th.

St. Anthony, meantime, also will be taking part in the semifinals after routing Konawaena 15-3 in five innings in the D-II tournament taking place at Hans L’Orange Park in Waipahu.

The second-seeded Trojans will next face third-seeded Waimea at 4 p.m. The Menehune advanced by defeating Waipahu 12-5. In yesterday’s other D-II games, Kamehameha-Hawaii beat Maryknoll 9-5 and Hawaii Prep edged Radford 5-4.

Both baseball tournaments run through Saturday night. Games involving MIL teams will be aired on Maui’s ESPN 550 and via the internet on ESPN550.com.

MORE PREPS: Lahainaluna advanced to the semifinals of the state water tournament by edging Roosevelt 6-5 yesterday the Central Oahu Regional Park aquatic facility. The fourth-seeded Lunas will meet top-seeded Punahou today at at 7 p.m.

The state tennis tournament continues today in Kona, while the judo championships will be held tomorrow at the Stan Sheriff Center on the University of Hawaii campus.

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