WAILUKU - The start of the annual showdown series between the Baldwin and Maui high school baseball teams got started unofficially on Saturday night at Maehara Stadium.
Baldwin sophomore Linden Kanamu pitched a four-hitter in a 3-0 win over the Sabers in the championship game of the 38th annual Maui High School Baseball Tournament.
The teams have a three-game set in the Maui Interscholastic League regular season and could see each other in the league tournament and perhaps an MIL playoff game before the state tournament plays at Maehara Stadium May 8-11.
Linden Kanamu of Baldwin pitched a shutout against Maui High on Saturday.
The Maui News / CHRIS SUGIDONO photo
The start of practice for baseball just began Monday.
"The three games that we played this week, it's tough because we only had three days of practice," Baldwin coach Jon Viela said. "This is just an indicator of where we stand."
Viela was pleased with Kanamu, who just finished the junior varsity season. Kanamu struck out one and walked one.
The game was the first for Chase Corniel as Maui High's co-head coach along with veteran mentor Lee Yonamine. The Sabers had four errors, matching their number of hits.
"We just didn't take care of the ball," Corniel said. "We didn't make plays and poor baserunning. We just didn't play well overall."
Linden Kanamu and Kawena Alo-Kaonohi; T.J. Molina, Jacob Tiu (5) and Jaylen Suda. W-Kanamu. L-Molina. Leading hitters-B, Nohea Keahi 2-3. MH, Sammy Sutton 2-2.
Iolani 9, King Kekaulike 0
Aiea 2, Lahainaluna 1
Kaiser 11, Kamehameha Hawaii 2