Three teams - Baldwin, Maui and Molokai high schools - dominated the Maui Interscholastic League baseball races.
The same trio rules The Maui News MIL All-Star first teams.
Baldwin's Noah Apolo was chosen by the league's coaches as the Division I Player of the Year after rolling up a 6-0 mark on the mound with a 2.27 earned run average, while hitting .366 with 16 RBIs and the only home run hit by an MIL player in Maehara Stadium all season.
Baldwin High School junior Noah Apolo was voted the Maui Interscholastic League Division I Baseball Player of the Year after going 6-0 on the mound and batting .366.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
Molokai High junior David Rapanot is the D-II Player of the Year.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"Sounds good, I was impressed," Apolo said. "I was surprised when coach (Jon Viela) told me the other day and it put a big smile on my face."
Molokai's David Rapanot is the MIL D-II Player of the Year after leading the Farmers to an 8-0 record and the state semifinals for the fourth time in the six-year history of the tournament.
"It feels very good," Rapanot said. "The season we had gave our young team more experience."
Both players are juniors who pitched and played infield when not on the mound - Apolo at first base and Rapanot at shortstop.
Apolo is joined on the D-I first team by Baldwin teammates Lane Kashiwamura (second base, .286), Makana Victorine (catcher, .341, 4 doubles, 10 RBIs), Daulton Cabacungan (outfield, .333, 13 RBIs. 4-0, 1.41 ERA), Patrick Burrows (.479, 19 RBIs) and Isaiah Maddela (utility/dh, .479, 12 RBIs).
"My team helped me a lot," Apolo said. "They made the plays when they had to and they had my back all the way."
Maui High, the MIL runner-up, had the other five players on the D-I first team: Micah Isagawa (pitcher), Sammy Sutton (first base), T.J. Molina (third base), Mark Karaviotis (shortstop) and Callen Beeson (outfield).
After leading the Sabers to the state tournament in his first season at the helm, Maui High's Chase Corniel is the MIL D-I Coach of the Year.
Rapanot is joined by teammates Nohi Meyer (pitcher), Kahanu Alcon (first base), Codi Kamakana (second base), Trevor Takata (catcher) and Brayden Willing-McCutcheon (outfield) on the MIL D-II first team.
Seabury Hall's Tyler Gentile (third base) and Kaleb Palmer (utility/dh), St. Anthony's Nicholas Asuncion (pitcher) and Ryan Apel (outfield), and Lanai's Trustin Resurreccion (outfield) round out the D-II top team.
Apolo, a second-team MIL All-Star offensive lineman for the Bears football team, is not sure which sport he will play in college.
"I like them both, I can't choose right now," Apolo said.
Rapanot, a second-team MIL All-Star guard in basketball, is sure precisely what sport he will pursue after high school.
"Baseball, next year I am just playing baseball," he said.
A professional prospect, Rapanot had a one-word answer when asked if he is leaning toward school or the baseball draft in a year.
"Both," he said.
He will play for a Maui Senior League team this summer before going to the Mainland for a few camps.
Apolo will be on that team and knows how good Rapanot is. Apolo will attend camps in Arizona and Las Vegas.
"He goes all out," Apolo said of Rapanot. "He is a good player."
The Bears rolled into the Wally Yonamine Foundation state tournament as the No. 1 seed, but lost their quarterfinal to Mililani, the eventual runner-up.
Apolo knows his team will lose five seniors, but has a solid nucleus returning.
"I had good fun with them, they are like my family, my brothers," Apolo said. "This team was really close. We will miss those guys a lot, but we just have to come back strong and step it up next year."
Apolo and Rapanot know the solid foundation MIL baseball has in college and professional ranks.
"Maui is becoming pretty good and there is a lot more talent out there," Apolo said. "Maybe I can be like the guys before me. I just have to work hard."
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