Bears edge Warriors, 2-1

MIL Baseball

Baldwin High School second baseman Jacob Chong tags out Kamehameha Maui’s Isaiah Souza as he tries to steal a base in the second inning Wednesday. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

The Maui News – Kaipo Haole outdueled Micah Kele and Nainoa Keahi hit a go-ahead RBI single, and the Baldwin High School baseball team remained undefeated in Maui Interscholastic League play with a 2-1 victory over Kamehameha Maui on Wednesday night at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku.

The Bears (8-0), ranked No. 18 in the country by USA Today, fell behind early when the Warriors’ Nathan Facuri knocked in a run in the top of the first inning.

In the bottom of the third, the Bears tied the game with a run scored on a balk before Keahi delivered what would be the game-winning RBI.

Haole allowed one run on three hits, a walk and a hit batter while striking out five in the complete game.

Kele also went the distance for Kamehameha (6-2), giving up two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out three.

The Warriors’ Nathan Facuri follows through on a first-inning RBI single. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Lahainaluna 7, Maui High 6

At Maehara, the Lunas scored a run in the seventh inning to earn their first win of the season.

James Smythe and Ekolu Mathias each went 2-for-3 at the plate for Lahainaluna (1-9). Kainalu Kaililaau tripled for the Lunas.

Kamahao Ching went 2-for-4 for the Sabers (4-4).

BALDWIN 2, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 1

Bears pitcher Kaipo Haole releases a second-inning pitch. • The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

KS Maui 100 000 0–1 3 0

Baldwin 002 000 x–2 4 2

Micah Kele and Ross Panlasigui. Kaipo Haole and Cade Kalehuawehe. W–Haole. L–Kele.

LAHAINALUNA 7, MAUI HIGH 6

Lahainaluna 100 320 1–7 9 2

Maui High 011 040 0–6 8 3

Ben Zeigler, Eke Storer (7) and Kainalu Kaililaau. Mikito Barkman and Haouli Caliva. W–Zeigler. L–Barkman. Sv–Storer. 2B–Maui High: Christian Lee. 3B–Lahainaluna: Kaililaau.

Leading hitters–Lahainaluna: James Smythe 2-3, RBI; Ekolu Mathias 2-3, 2 runs. Maui High: Kamahao Ching 2-4.

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MIL Standings

Division I

W L Pct. GB

Baldwin 8 0 1.000 —

KS Maui 6 2 .857 1

Maui High 4 4 .571 3

King Kekaulike 3 7 .300 6

Lahainaluna 1 9 .100 8

Division II

W L Pct. GB

Molokai 6 0 1.000 —

Seabury Hall 6 0 1.000 —

Lanai 0 6 .000 6

St. Anthony 0 6 .000 6

Wednesday’s Results

Lahainaluna 7, Maui High 6

Baldwin 2, Kamehameha Maui 1

Today’s Games

Baldwin vs. Kamehameha Maui at Maehara Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Maui High vs. Lahainaluna at Maehara Stadium, 5:30 p.m.

Friday’s Games

Lahainaluna vs. Maui High at Maehara Stadium, 3:30 p.m.

Kamehameha Maui vs. Baldwin, 5:30 p.m.

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