Can Campbell High Softball Make It A Four-Peat?
The owners of Silva’s Store, an ʻEwa Beach institution, hope to have a sign-updating project by the end of the week.
This week they go for their fourth consecutive state title in the 2018 Hawai’i State Championships, at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium on the UH-Mānoa campus.
The state’s leading softball expert, Paul Honda of Hawaiʻi Prep World, describes Campbell this way: “They are not robots, though their persistence and efficiency seem almost superhuman.”
It takes superhuman effort to win a Hawaiʻi state baseball or softball championship. Most states contest their tournament over two or three weekends, but here, given the travel costs for outer island teams, the whole thing is squeezed into four intense days. A single loss ends a team’s championship dreams.
Thanks to their OIA championship, Campbell has a first-round bye and begins their championship defense Wednesday, at 7pm, against Pearl City.
UPDATE: Sadly, Campbell was eliminated from championship contention with a 11-3 loss to Punahou in Friday’s semifinal.
They’ll play Mililani in the 3rd place game, today at 3pm, at McKinley High.
Campbell, ranked 6th in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser Top 10, will play 3rd-ranked Waiākea, champions of Hawaiʻi island, at 10am Wednesday at Les Murakami Stadium at UH-Mānoa.
UPDATE: Campbell baseball lost 6-2 to Waiākea on Wednesday, and are eliminated from championship contention. On Thursday, they won the 5th place semifinal game, beating #1-ranked Mid-Pac 4-2. They will play Mililani for 5th place, today at 1:30pm, at Hans L’Orange.
Waiʻanae High baseball finished 3rd in OIA’s Division II tournament, earning one of the eight spots in the state DII baseball championship. They play Kapaʻa, Kauaʻi’s DII champions, in a quarterfinal game at 2pm Wednesday at Hans L’Orange.
Waiʻanae has never won a state championship in baseball, at either the open division or DII level.
Kapolei High softball finished 4th in the OIA, earning a bid into the state tournament, but lost 10-2 to Punahou in a first-round game Tuesday night.