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Baldwin takes another MIL baseball pennant, state next

May 3, 2013 - Robert Collias
Playing a little bit of catch-up during this busy week.

In what ended up being Game 5 of their best-of-5 series this season, the Baldwin High School baseball team rode the stop-and-go pitching performance of Daulton Cabacungan to a 4-1 win over Maui High in the overall MIL title game on Wednesday.

If my memory is serving me correctly, it is the Bears' fourth league crown in a row and 17th MIL pennant in the last 23 seasons.

Besides the Bears, since 1990 when I arrived on the scene, Molokai won in 1999 and 2000, state championship seasons both; St. Anthony won in 2007, the Trojans' first in 29 years; Maui High won in 1998 and 2008; and Kamehameha Maui won in 2009.

No team in Hawaii has been to more state baseball tournaments than the Bears, who own state crowns from 1959, 1960 (the first two), 1984 and 1995.

Baldwin is ranked third in this week's state media poll (second by me) and have been in two of the last three state finals.

The Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I state tournament is at Maehara Stadium next week. Should be a lot of fun — the Sabers also have the chops to make noise at state.


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