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MIL baseball All-Stars: Apolo, Rapanot repeat
June 6, 2014 - Robert Collias
Here is the start of my MIL baseball All-Star story from Thursday's paper:
One is a left-hander who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs in at 270 pounds. The other is right-handed, 5-11 and 175.
After that, the similarities between Baldwin High School's Noah Apolo and Molokai's David Rapanot are numerous.
They both usually dominated the Maui Interscholastic League when on the mound, carried a big stick at the plate - each hit one of the six total home runs at Maehara Stadium this season - and are each set for high-level junior college baseball in Northern California next season.
They will both play for a Maui Big League All-Star team this summer coached by Kelly Fliear.
The respect for each other is also mutual for the now two-time Maui News MIL Baseball Players of the Year - Apolo in Division I and Rapanot in Division II.
"Noah, again," Rapanot said. "I wish I was ambidextrous when I watch him. Noah is good. When he pitches he focuses a lot, doesn't let anything bother him. He's a tough kid, he swings hard. He really wants it, so he's a really great player."
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