Baldwin Claims Div-I State Baseball Championship
No. 2 Baldwin downed No. 5 Pearl City, 5-1, Saturday night to claim the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championships behind the combined four-hitter of freshman Kaipo Haole and junior Nigel Mayfield before a packed home crowd at Maehara Stadium.
The Bears (18-0) are the first team to finish a perfect regular and postseason since Waiakea went 20-0 after beating the Bears for the state title (5-2) in 2012. The win marked Baldwin’s first state title in 21 years and fifth overall.
The victory was extra special as Baldwin head coach Jon Viela recently accepted the athletic director’s job at Kamehameha Schools Maui. The long-time Bears coach spent the last 10 years as the head skipper and leaves with a 135-31 record.
Haole, who pitched all of nine innings before the title game, allowed a run and four hits with one strikeout in four innings. Mayfield retired nine of the 10 batters he faced in the last three innings to earn the save.
Baldwin captain Kawena Alo-Kaonohi, who was chosen the tournament’s most outstanding player, told ScoringLive.com that the team had confidence in the freshman.
The Chargers (17-2) started senior Keanu Nicholson, who played on four regular season games and never pitched this season. He lasted only two innings and was charged with five runs (three earned), five hits and two walks with one strikeout.
HHSAA Automated ScoreBook
#2 Baldwin vs. Pearl City
Saturday, May 7, 2016; At Maehara Stadium
Baldwin starters: 6/ss Dudoit; 12/3b Akaka, C.; 2/cf Ah Yen; 5/rf Alo-Kaonohi; 25/lf Awai; 23/dh Hoopii-Tuion; 22/1b Keahi; 20/p Haole; 4/c Kalehuawehe; 7/2b Chong;
Pearl City starters: 24/2b Hirano; 16/rf Prentice; 3/3b Kapuras; 18/cf Yokota; 2/1b Onomura; 6/lf Nakamura; 21/c Nishijo; 34/dh Mostoles; 23/ss Aribal; 4/p Nicholson;
Baldwin 1st — Dudoit doubled to right center. Akaka, C. walked. Ah Yen singled, bunt; Akaka, C. advanced to second; Dudoit advanced to third. Alo-Kaonohi grounded into double play ss to 2b to 1b; Ah Yen out on the play; Akaka, C. advanced to third; Dudoit scored. Awai hit by pitch. Hoopii-Tuion struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Pearl City 1st — Hirano grounded out to 3b. Prentice grounded out to p. Kapuras singled through the left side. Yokota popped up to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Baldwin 2nd — Keahi grounded out to 3b. Haole singled up the middle. Akaka, J. pinch ran for Haole. Kalehuawehe walked; Akaka, J. advanced to second. Drayer pinch ran for Kalehuawehe. Dudoit singled to center field; Drayer advanced to second; Akaka, J. advanced to third, scored on an error by cf. Akaka, C. singled to left field; Dudoit advanced to second; Drayer advanced to third. Ah Yen grounded out to 2b, RBI; Akaka, C. advanced to second; Dudoit advanced to third; Drayer scored. Alo-Kaonohi reached on an error by p; Akaka, C. scored, unearned; Dudoit scored, unearned. Awai grounded out to 3b. 4 runs, 3 hits, 2 errors, 1 LOB.
Pearl City 2nd — Haole to p for Akaka, J.. Kalehuawehe to c for Drayer. Onomura grounded out to 2b. Nakamura struck out swinging. Nishijo lined out to 3b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Baldwin 3rd — Okada to p for Nicholson. Hoopii-Tuion struck out swinging. Keahi flied out to cf. Haole out at first rf to 1b. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Pearl City 3rd — Mostoles grounded out to 2b. Aribal singled up the middle. Aribal stole second. Hirano grounded out to 2b; Aribal advanced to third. Prentice grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Baldwin 4th — Kalehuawehe grounded out to ss. Dudoit flied out to cf. Akaka, C. singled to second base. Ah Yen singled to pitcher; Akaka, C. advanced to second. Alo-Kaonohi flied out to cf. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Pearl City 4th — Kapuras singled through the left side. Kapuras stole second. Yokota grounded out to p. Onomura flied out to cf. Nakamura singled to left center, RBI; Kapuras scored. Nakamura stole second. Nishijo lined out to ss. 1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Baldwin 5th — Awai singled to left field. Hoopii-Tuion reached on a fielder’s choice, bunt; Awai out at second 3b to 2b. Keahi reached on catcher’s interference; Hoopii-Tuion advanced to second. Haole popped up to ss. Kalehuawehe struck out swinging. 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Pearl City 5th — Mayfield to p for Haole. Darley pinch hit for Mostoles. Darley flied out to cf. Aribal lined out to ss. Hirano grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Baldwin 6th — Dudoit flied out to lf. Akaka, C. singled to left field. Ah Yen singled to first base; Akaka, C. advanced to second. Alo-Kaonohi flied out to lf. Awai popped up to c. 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Pearl City 6th — Prentice struck out looking. Kapuras grounded out to ss. Yokota grounded out to ss. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Baldwin 7th — Drayer pinch hit for Hoopii-Tuion. Drayer singled to third base. Keahi grounded out to 1b unassisted, SAC, bunt; Drayer advanced to second. Drayer stole third. Mayfield grounded out to ss. Kalehuawehe struck out swinging, out at first c to 1b. 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Pearl City 7th — Onomura popped up to p. Nakamura hit by pitch. Nishijo struck out swinging. Darley to dh. Darley flied out to rf. 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
WALLY YONAMINE FOUNDATION STATE BASEBALL
At Maehara Stadium
Consolation final-Punahou 3, Maui High 0
Fifth-place game-Mid-Pacific 1, Waipahu 0
Third-place game-Mililani vs. Campbell, ccd, rain
Championship-Baldwin 5, Pearl City 1
At Wong Stadium
Fifth-place game-Kauai 2, Molokai 0
Third-place game-St. Francis 12, Radford 1
Championship-Kamehameha Hawaii 5, Kapolei 4