Bears top Warriors in 10 to stay undefeated
WAILUKU — The Baldwin High School baseball team finds ways to win — any way that seems to be required.
Despite leaving 16 runners on base in a game that lasted nearly four hours, the defending state-champion Bears collected their 20th straight Maui Interscholastic League victory with a thrilling 3-2, 10-inning win over Kamehameha Maui on Saturday night at Maehara Stadium.
The Bears loaded the bases for the fourth straight inning in the top of the 10th and finally scored when Ekolu Watanabe scampered home on a two-out wild pitch by Micah Kele. Nigel Mayfield finished his fourth inning of relief by striking out the side in the bottom of the 10th as Baldwin improved to 5-0.
Mayfield allowed one hit and retired the final 10 batters he faced.
Kamehameha, which took a 2-1 lead into the sixth inning, dropped to 5-3.
Baldwin (5-0) tied the score when Mayfield came home on a two-out wild pitch in the sixth. He singled with one out and took second when Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa walked one out later. Both runners moved up on a passed ball.
Both teams left runners in scoring position in the seventh and Baldwin repeated the scenario in the eighth and ninth.
Mayfield, the third Baldwin pitcher, got a bouncer back to the mound from Iokepa Supnet to end a threat that had runners on first and third in the bottom of the seventh.
In the Baldwin seventh, Kaipo Haole singled to left with one out and headed to second base. He stopped halfway and went back toward first. An errant throw trying to get Haole at first sailed over the fence, sending Haole to third base. Damien Awai and Nainoa Keahi were then each intentionally walked to load the bases, bringing up Cade Kalehuawehe, who grounded into a double play.
Watanabe hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the top of the eighth. In the ninth, Kele struck out Bobby Drayer with the bases loaded.
The Warriors took a 2-1 lead in the third on a two-out bloop double down the line by Nate Facuri that fell just out of the reach of Awai’s dive in left field. Supnet scored from first base on the play.
The Bears scored in first with the help of three errors.
Kamehameha Maui tied the game in the bottom of the first when Facuri scored from second base on a two-out bloop single by Konnor Palmeira.
* Robert Collias is at email@example.com
Baldwin 100 001 000 1–3 10 1
KS Maui 101 000 000 0–2 7 5
Ekolu Watanabe, Roy Meinen (5), Nigel Mayfield (7) and Cade Kalehuawehe; Tristan Catan, Micah Kele (7) and Ross Panlasigui. W–Mayfield. L–Kele. 2B–Kamehameha Maui: Nate Facuri; Baldwin: Kalehuawehe.
Leading hitters–Baldwin: Kaipo Haole 2-6; Mayfield 2-4, run; Anthony Hoopii-Tuionetoa 2-4. Kamehameha Maui: Facuri 2-4, run.
W L Pct GB
Baldwin 5 0 1.000 —
Maui High 4 2 .667 1 1⁄2
KS Maui 5 3 .625 1 1⁄2
King Kekaulike 2 3 .400 3
Lahainaluna 0 8 .000 6 1⁄2
W L Pct GB
Molokai 6 1 .857 —
Seabury Hall 4 1 .800 1
St. Anthony 1 4 .200 4
Lanai 1 6 .143 5
Molokai 16, Lanai 2, 5 innings
Seabury Hall 11, St. Anthony 2
King Kekaulike 8, Lahainaluna 6
Baldwin 3, Kamehameha Maui 2, 10 innings
Seabury Hall vs. St. Anthony at Eddie Tam Field, 3:30 p.m.
Kamehameha Maui vs. Baldwin at Maehara Stadium, 3:30 p.m.
Lahainaluna vs. King Kekaulike at Maehara Stadium, 5:30 p.m.