Baldwin vs. Punahou in state baseball final
By Fred Guzman
The hometown Baldwin Bears will attempt to end Punahou’s six-year reign as the state’s prep high school champion on Saturday night in a 7 p.m. Division-I showdown at Iron Maehara Stadium.
Baldwin, making its first appearance in the state title game since last winning the championship in 1995, advanced with a 5-2 victory over Saint Louis on Friday night. Punahou defeated Mid-Pacific 4-1 in the other semifinal game.
The third-seeded Bears improved their season record to 26-4 behind a three-hit performance by senior left-hander Chase Tokunaga. Punahou (21-7-1) capitalized on senior right hander Alakai Aglipay’s arm and bat. In addition to going the distance on the mound, Aglipay also had a pair of hits and drove in a pair of runs.
In the D-II tournament be held at Hans L’Orange Field in Waipahu, it will be a battle of Neighbor Island teams. Waimea of Kauai will tangle with Kamehameha-Hawaii. Waimea advanced with a 9-2 over St. Anthony’s of Maui while Kamehameha defeated Big Island rival Hawaii Prep Academy 7-5.