|NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION|
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii
There is something really exciting happening on the islands of Hawaii. It�s that time of year for the 2005 HHSAA State Baseball Championship.
There are five leagues with a total of fifty-four high schools that compete. Each league is represented in the tournament based on a formula of teams from the respective league in proportion to total teams. The top four seeded teams receive first round byes and the other eight teams play in qualifying rounds, with a quarter, semi and final games to follow.
Coach Eric Kadooka believes his squad to be the best as they won the regular season with a record of 18-2-1. The best league record determines the league champion. Punahou School is a private school, which plays in an eight-team league the Interscholastic League of Honolulu (ILH).
Punahou not only dominated the ILH, but all of the teams they faced this year. With a complete record of 31-3-1 in non-conference play, the Buffanblu won the Castle High School baseball tournament and the Maui High School tournament.
It was all made easier with the senior leadership of Jared Pate, who pitched a five-hitter with six strikeouts and three walks to clinch ILH championship. Proof that not always the best players are the ones to get the job done. This 5-foot-11, 150-pound right-hander works hard to set an example. He achieved his goal by beating second place Kalehameha School.
"He sets the tempo and is always around the plate," Punahou coach Eric Kadooka said. "That's his strength." (Wes Nakama, Honolulu Advertiser, May 8, 2005)
The Buffanblu also got help from second baseman Maika Murashige, who went 3 for 4 with two runs batted in.
Overall a great year, the Punahou School is preparing to go all the way and take the state Championship for the second year in a row. With their businesslike attitude toward the game they are bound to be a success.
By David A. Himmelstein
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