WAILUKU - Heavy and steady rain postponed the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championship final between Mid-Pacific Institute and Mililani scheduled for Saturday at Maehara Stadium. The game is to be played Tuesday at Les Murakami Stadium in Honolulu, the Hawaii High School Athletic Association announced.
The decision to postpone the game was reached at approximately 3:15 p.m. Maehara Stadium was "underwater," site coordinator Kahai Shishido, the Baldwin athletic director, said less than an hour later.
The first pitch was scheduled for 6 p.m.
Maehara Stadium had been scheduled to host the Wally Yonamine Foundation Division I State Baseball Championship final between Mid-Pacific Institute and Mililani, but rain prevented the game from taking place.
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"After carefully talking it over with our HHSAA baseball committee and both schools, we decided to play the game on Oahu on
Tuesday," association executive director Chris Chun said in a release. "Both schools have already made arrangements to travel home Sunday and the University of Hawaii has made Les Murakami Stadium available to us on Tuesday. The island of Maui was an outstanding host, and I am saddened that the championship game won't be played there this year."
Rain had already prompted the cancellation of the fifth-place game between Baldwin and Maui High, and third-place game between Hilo and Campbell. Pearl City beat Iolani 5-4 in the seventh-place game.
"It has been kind of a wet year in general, but this type of rain is definitely unusual," said Shishido, who coached Baldwin to the 1995 state title.
Mililani (12-7) was the Oahu Interscholastic Association runner-up this season, while MPI (12-2) was the Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion and the No. 2 seed for the state tournament, which began Wednesday.
Television crews from OC Sports made the trip to Maehara Stadium, but did not get all of their equipment unpacked before the decision to delay the championship game was made.
"They came over and they started unpacking and once they got word they were going to shut it down, they started packing it up again," Shishido said.
The game between Hilo and Campbell had been moved to Maui High, and play began, but was halted in the top of the first inning.
"I guess we couldn't decide who was third place, but it's good to know that we tied with somebody that we really get along with, which is Campbell," said Vikings coach coach Sidney Nozaki.
Campbell coach Rory Pico said: "Especially for our seniors, the plan was to have the seniors starting and everybody get some innings in, with the younger guys, so I feel bad for them but they'll continue playing over the summer and they'll move on. They'll be all right."