Raider baseball makes bid for state title tomorrow

Kaua‘i High School’s baseball team, the 2007 Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champion, did not receive a seed to the Wally Yonamine Foundation Baseball State Championships.

Instead, the Red Raiders, under head coach Hank Ibia, will take the field in the second game of the opening day, tomorrow, against the Kaiser Cougars starting at 11:30 a.m. on the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa, campus.

Top seed for the state baseball tournament was awarded to Punahou with Pearl City getting the No. 2 seed.

Waiakea and St. Anthony are the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds, respectively.

Should the Raiders defeat the Cougars Wednesday, they advance to play No. 3 Waiakea on Thursday in the quarterfinals.

A loss Wednesday will send Kaua‘i to the Central O‘ahu Regional Park where they meet the losing team from Game 1 between Kamehameha Schools-Maui and Kalani.

In 2005, Kaua‘i’s last appearance at the state tournament, the Raiders opened with a 4-3 win against Pearl City to advance to the quarterfinals where top seeded Punahou blanked Kaua‘i 10-0. That slide continued as Moanalua took the Raiders out of the tournament with an 8-2 loss in the consolation bracket.

Waimea represented the KIF in the 2006 state championship tournament on Maui where the Kaiser Cougars sent the Menehune to the consolation in its opening game, 10-3. But the Menehune battled back, edging Moanalua 2-1 before falling to Kailua 9-8 in the consolation finals.

The state championship tournament runs through Saturday, and people wanting to follow Kaua‘i’s progress on O‘ahu can hear the games live on KQNG AM570 with Anahola Joel Pahukula.

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