Baldwin seeded No. 1 in D-I state baseball tournament

Baldwin High School has received the top seed in the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championship scheduled for Wednesday to Saturday at Maehara Stadium in Wailuku.

The brackets for the tournaments in Division I and Division II were released Sunday.

“In a sense, it is surprising to me, but in another sense, how we’ve played in the past, it doesn’t surprise me,” said Bears coach Jon Viela, whose team won the Maui Interscholastic overall title.

Baldwin was the MIL regular-season champion, then lost in the league tournament before beating Maui High on Wednesday in an overall title game.

“When everyone starts out the season, the goal is to become their league champ, and then become the state champion,” Viela said Sunday. “Once it gets on the field, it’s in the kids hands.”

Baldwin, last year’s state runner-up, will play a quarterfinal Thursday against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Waipahu, last year’s D-II champion, and Mililani.

Maui High will face Pearl City in a first-round game on Wednesday, with the winner facing third-seeded Campbell in the quarterfinal round.

Waiakea, which beat Baldwin in last year’s title game, will face Leilehua on Wednesday for the right to play second-seeded Mid-Pacific in the quarterfinals.

Hilo was seeded fourth.

Molokai was seeded third in the D-II tournament, and will play a quarterfinal against Radford on Thursday at Hans L’Orange Field on Oahu. The winner of that game will play a semifinal Friday against the winner of Thursday’s game between Konawaena and second-seeded Maryknoll.

Waianae was given the top D-II seed, and Kapaa was seeded fourth.