Bears cap preseason with win
Haole, Constantino help Baldwin top Saint Louis 7-4; Crusaders coach impressed
WAILUKU — The preliminaries are over for the Baldwin High School baseball team.
With Maui Interscholastic League play looming in 2 1/2 weeks, the Bears finished a 6-2-1 run through three preseason tournaments on Saturday with a 7-4 win over Saint Louis to cap their own event at Maehara Stadium.
Junior pitchers Kaipo Haole and Cody Constantino combined on a seven-hitter to lead the Bears against the Crusaders. Haole picked up the win with six innings, allowing seven hits, striking out three and walking one. Constantino pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for the save.
“I just went out there trying to throw strikes, hit my spots, let my ‘D’ back me up,” said Haole, a junior who was 2-for-2 with three RBIs at the plate as part of the Bears’ 10-hit attack. “We swung the bat good today, my defense backed me up when we were up.”
Saint Louis coach George Gusman was impressed with the Bears, who started six players Saturday who also started their 2016 state championship win over Pearl City.
“Baldwin’s a great team. I will probably be voting them No. 1,” said Gusman, whose team is the defending Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion. “I think they have everything — they have pitching, they have size, they have speed. They hit the ball, play good defense. Sheez, what more can you ask for?”
Haole and catcher Cade Kalehuawehe made up an all-freshmen battery two years ago in the state final. Kalehuawehe was 2-for-4 with three runs scored on Saturday. Kevin Varner and Chayce Akaka also had two hits apiece.
“We’re just going in, playing our game, take care of the ball, talking,” Haole said. “And backing our pitcher up. We have a lot of confidence.”
After surrendering two runs in the top of the first, the Bears scored three times in the bottom of the inning — on RBI singles by Haole and Varner, and a bases-loaded walk by Bobby Drayer.
The Crusaders tied the game in the second on an RBI single by Cole Kashimoto.
Baldwin took the lead right back in the bottom of the second when Nainoa Keahi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Haole delivered a sacrifice fly.
The Bears upped the lead to 7-3 in the fourth on Haole’s RBI single, which was followed by Varner’s RBI double.
The Crusaders scored their final run in the sixth on an RBI single by Jonah Zembik.
“I like the way that we’re playing right now,” Baldwin coach Shane Dudoit said. “If we can keep this up it gives us a chance in every ballgame. If we start to digress from here, anybody, the parity in the league right now, anybody can beat anybody.”
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Saint Louis 210 001 0–4 7 2
Baldwin 320 200 x–7 10 2
Wyatt Santilena, Caleb Lomavita (2), Hunter Peneueta (6) and Jonah Zembik, Santilena (6); Kaipo Haole, Cody Constantino (7) and Cade Kalehuawehe. W–Haole. L–Santilena. Sv–Constantino. 2B–Saint Louis: Patrick Coronas; Baldwin: Kevin Varner. 3B–Baldwin: Bubba Hoopii-Tuionetoa.
Leading hitters–Saint Louis: Patrick Coronas 2-2, run. Baldwin: Chayce Akaka 2-4, run; Kalehiuawehe 2-4, 3 runs; Haole 2-2, run, 3 RBIs; Varner 2-2, 2 RBIs.
HILO 7, KING KEKAULIKE 5
Hilo 002 220 1–7 13 0
King Kekaulike 003 000 2–5 10 3
Logan Wilson, Lamaku Pana (3), Puukani DeSa (4) and Logan Respicio; Jaxon Holl, Gavin Grossman (6) and Koa Hashimoto. W–DeSa. L–Holl. 2B–Hilo: Maui Ahuna, Titus Sato; King Kekaulike: Holl. HR–Hilo: Ryan Ragual.
Leading hitters–Hilo: Ahuna 2-4, run, RBI; Sato 2-4, 2 RBIs; Kue Martin 2-3; Ragual 2-2, 2 runs, RBI. King Kekaulike: Holl 3-4, 2 runs, RBI; Matthew Hackett 2-3, run; Michael Beesing 2-2.
KAPOLEI 12, MAUI HIGH 4
Kapolei 712 101 0–12 14 2
Maui High 200 200 0– 4 9 2
Shaden Ramelb and Landon Kuroda. Trestan Carter, Aizeah Lakalaka (1), Kobe Galinato (3), Kainalu Tancayo (7) and M.J. Balmeres. W–Ramelb. L–Carter. 2B–Kapolei: Chiko Anguay, Dray Kawewehi; Maui High: Jyrah Lalim, Haoa Jarnesky, Mikito Barkman, Christian Lee. 3B–Kapolei: Andrei Stoyanow.
Leadin hitters–Kapolei: Stoyanow 2 runs; Kawewehi 3-5, run, 3 RBIs; Anguay 3-5, run, RBI; Isaac Badua 2-5, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Jeremiah Lono 2-3, 2 runs, RBI. Maui High: Lalim 2-3, 2 runs; Jarnesky 2 RBIs; Barkman 2 RBIs; Lee 2-3, run.
KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 3, KAUAI 0
(Game called due to travel arrangement)
Kauai 000 0–0 2 1
KS Maui 002 1–3 4 1
Jaden Domigsil, Tyler Oshima (4) and Lanakila Lovell-Obatake. Micah Kele and Ross Panlasigui. W–Kele. L–Domigsil.