Baldwin ranked third in latest state baseball poll

April 13, 2011, 10:14 AM HST · Updated April 13, 10:16 AM
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By Fred Guzman

It’s hardly surprising that Baldwin is enjoying such a high level of success in baseball this season. The Bears did reach the state Division-I championship game last year before suffering a lopsided loss to Punahou in the final.

Baldwin returns most of the key players from that runner-up team and is back on track for another run deep into the state tourney, compiling a 9-0 record in the MIL and being ranked third in the latest state-wide poll conducted by the Star-Advertiser.

Baldwin next faces second-place Kamehameha-Maui in a regular-season-ending series that begins Thursday at Iron Maehara Stadium. All three games will be broadcast on Maui’s ESPN 550.

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Saint Louis is ranked No. 1, although the Crusaders suffered the first blemish on what had been a 14-0 record when they squandered a 5-1 lead and suffered an 8-7 loss last night to Punahou in a key ILH contest.

Kailua of the OIA is ranked second. Mid-Pacific of the ILH is fourth and Moanalua of the OIA is fifth.

Seabury Hall is tied for eighth in the latest volleyball rankings. The Spartans are the defending state D-II champs and are 6-1 going into Friday’s match against Lanai.

Punahou is No. 1, followed by Kamehameha-Kapalama, Iolani, Hawaii Baptist and Maryknoll. All five of those teams compete in the ILH.

The MIL has two softball teams in the Top Ten. Lahainaluna is ranked fifth while compiling a 10-1 record in the league. Baldwin, which is 9-3, is ranked ninth.

The Lunas visit Kamehameha-Maui today, while Baldwin is off this week.

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