Waimea softball gets top Division II seed at state

LIHU‘E — The Waimea High School softball team earned the top seed in the DataHouse Softball State Championships, Division II, on Sunday.

With the top seed, the Menehune, Kaua‘i Interscholastic Federation champions, will get an opening day bye. The Menehune go into action Thursday during the quarterfinals when the team meets the winner of the Kohala and Waipahu match Wednesday.

Kaua‘i High School, finishing the KIF softball season as runner-ups, is also playing in the DataHouse championships, opening its bid for the Division II state title Wednesday against St. Francis at 7 p.m. at Central O‘ahu Regional Park.

“We just found out who we are playing,” Kaua‘i coach Cassie Wong said Sunday while leading her girls in a final fundraising push. “We leave Wednesday morning and play that evening.”

Should the KIF runner-up win against St. Francis, the team advances to the quarterfinals to meet No. 3 seed Kamehameha Schools-Big Island at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

No. 2 seed for Division II is Nanakuli, which will meet the winner of the Wednesday Hana vs. Waialua game.

No. 4 seed is Lanai, which will meet the winner of the Wednesday Kalaheo vs. Honoka‘a matchup.

Top seed for the 12-team Division I field is the Mid-Pacific Institute, which earlier won the Waimea Invitational pre-season softball tournament at Hanapepe Stadium.

Campbell High School earns the No. 2 seed in Division I, with the Lahainaluna Lunas of the Maui Interscholastic League getting the No. 3 seed. Hilo of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation earns the No. 4 seed.

Other teams in the Division I field include Baldwin, Waianae, Kapolei, Kailua, Punahou, Mililani, Kamehameha-Kapalama and Moanalua.

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