Baldwin holds off Punahou

The Maui News

The Maui Interscholastic League saved its best for last on Wednesday as the top-seeded Baldwin High School baseball team held on for a hard-fought 8-7 win over Punahou in the quarterfinals of the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I state tournament at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu.

The Bears (14-1) bounced out to a 6-0 lead, saw the Buffanblu tie the game with a six-run top of the fourth inning and then scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to go up 8-6.

Baldwin gave up a run in the sixth before Roy Meinen nailed down the win by stranding two baserunners in the seventh. Punahou left eight runners on base in the game.

Baldwin is just the second No. 1 seed to win a D-I quarterfinal in the last decade, but didn’t have things secured until the final out nestled into the glove of Baldwin center fielder Bubba Hoopii-Tuionetoa.

“It’s never easy,” Baldwin coach Shane Dudoit said. “We talked about it — the eight best teams in the state are in the tournament today. It’s anybody’s ballgame. We expected to play a one-run ballgame. This is what we prepare to do throughout the year.”

The Bears, who were ranked for the eighth week in a row by USA Today Wednesday when they checked in at No. 24, will play Iolani in tonight’s 7 p.m. semifinal.

“They got a couple of lucky hits off our guys, we’re able to tie it up, but we never give up, bruddah,” Dudoit said.

Dudoit said Hoopii-Tuionetoa will get the start on the mound today, while Meinen is the likely starter for Friday.

“We will see what Roy can start off with, then we have got Chayce (Akaka) … (Bubba) Varner, we’ve got a lot of arms,” Dudoit said. “We can go into next week if we got to.”

Akaka had two hits, stole two bases and scored twice from the lead-off spot Wednesday. Haku Dudoit scored twice, Cade Kalehuawehe had two hits, including a two-run triple, and Nainoa Keahi drove in two.

At Hans L’Orange Field in Waipahu, MIL Division II champion Molokai lost to Farrington 12-8.

The fourth-seeded Farmers bolted out to a 2-0 lead in the first, fell behind 5-3 through three innings and led 7-5 through five before the Governors exploded for seven runs in the top of the sixth.

Cody-Hunter Hiro had three hits for the Farmers (11-1), while Shradeon Naeole-Starkey, Kekaiomalu Adachi, Nainoa Kaahanui and Kaimana Nakayama all had two hits. Molokai will play a fifth-place semifinal today at 11:30 a.m. at Hans L’Orange.

In an earlier game at Hans L’Orange, Kamehameha Maui was eliminated by tiebreaker after its D-I consolation semifinal against Leilehua ended via the two-hour time limit tied at 6-6.

The tiebreaker for consolation games is hits minus errors — the Mules had nine hits and three errors, while the Warriors had seven hits and four errors.

Justin Shiffler had two hits, while Iokepa Supnet and Konnor Palmeira each drove in two runs for the Warriors (10-6). Supnet also had a double.

BALDWIN 8, PUNAHOU 7

Punahou 000 601 0–7 13 3

Baldwin 510 200 x–8 10 0

Kyle Uemura, Matthew McConnell (4) and Ryan Nishi; Kaipo Haole, Roy Meinen (6) and Cade Kalehuawehe. W–Haole. L–Uemura. Sv–Meinen. 2B–Punahou: Kirk Terada-Herver; Baldwin: Bubba Hoopii-Tuionetoa. 3B–Punahou: Jake Tsukada; Baldwin: Kalehuawehe.

Leading hitters–Punahou: Tsukada 2-4, run, 4 RBIs; Terada-Herzer 4-4, 2 runs; Asa Kurasaki 2-2, run, RBI; Kamauliola Aina 2-4, run, RBI. Baldwin: Chayce Akaka 2-3, 2 runs; Kalehuawehe 2-3, 2 RBIs.

FARRINGTON 12, MOLOKAI 8

Farrington 041 007 0–12 11 2

Molokai 302 021 0–8 12 3

Trey Kaawa, Treven Isobe (6) and Kamaehu Sanchez; Nainoa Kaahanui, Shraedon Naeole-Starkey (3), Kekaiomalu Adachi (6) and Kaimana Nakayama. W–Kaawa. L–Naeole-Starkey. 2B–Molokai: Alika Balbas. HR–Farrington: Chasen Castilliano.

Leading hitters–Farrington: Castilliano 4-5, 2 runs, 5 RBIs; Reese Shioji 4-4, 2 runs, 2 RBIs; Jayden Soriano 2-4, 2 runs. Molokai: Cody-Hunter 3-4, run; Naeole-Starkey 2-4, 2 runs, RBI; Kekaiomalu Adachi 2-3, 2 runs; Kaahanui 2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Nakayama 2-4.

LEILEHUA 6, KAMEHAMEHA MAUI 6

Leilehua 030 201–6 9 3

KS Maui 320 001–6 7 4

Ty Yukumoto, Zane Staszkoz (5) and Jaxon Hotta; Cyrus Robson, Taylor Arashiro-Mamuad. 2B–Kamehameha Maui: Iokepa Supnet. 3B–Leilehua: Christian Ontai.

Leading hitters–Leilehua: Ontai 3-5, run, RBI; Masin Yamashiro 2-3, run, RBI. Kamehameha Maui: Justin Shiffler 2-3, run, RBI.

Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball State Championships

DIVISION I

Wednesday’s Results

Consolation semifinal

Leilehua 6, Kamehameha Maui 6, tie (Leilehua wins on tiebreaker)

Quarterfinals

No. 3 Waiakea 6, Campbell 2

Iolani 12, No. 4 Mililani 8

No. 1 Baldwin 8, Punahou 7

Kailua 6, No. 2 Mid-Pacific 1

Today’s Games

Consolation semifinal • At Hans L’Orange

Pearl City vs. Kalani, 9 a.m.

Fifth-place semifinals • At Hans L’Orange

Punahou vs. Mililani, 4:30

Mid-Pacific vs. Campbell, 7 p.m.

Semifinals • At Les Murakami Stadium

Kailua vs. Waiakea, 4 p.m.

Baldwin vs. Iolani, 7 p.m.

DIVISION II

Wednesday’s Results

Quarterfinals • At Hans L’Orange

Farrington 12, No. 4 Molokai 8

No. 3 Kapaa 9, Waianae 3

No. 1 Damien 11, Konawaena 1, 5 inn.

No. 2 KS Hawaii vs. Radford, late

Today’s Games

Fifth-place semifinals • At Hans L’Orange

Molokai vs. Konawaena, 11:30 a.m.

Waianae vs. team TBD, 2 p.m.

Semifinals • At Les Murakami Stadium

Farrington vs. Damien, 10 a.m.

Kapaa vs. team TBD, 1 p.m.