The Buffanblu were at it yet again on Saturday. In a game that ended in a “mercy rule” stoppage, the Punahou boys baseball team routed a severely overmatched Baldwin to roll to its 7th straight State Baseball Title – and its 14th Baseball Title overall.
*It is thought that this is the first state title baseball game that has ended with the mercy rule!
Baldwin dominated the fan-base as the majority of the 1,500 fans were rooting for the Bears. They were quickly silenced though as the Buffanblu sent 14 batters to the plate in the first inning, scoring 10 first inning runs. What was worse for the home team is that Baldwin’s starting pitcher – Gyson Mochizuki, managed to get just on Buffanblu batter out.
The night was pretty much over the minute it began. Punahou was once again just too much for its opponent – as it has been for the last seven seasons. In a stunning display of dominance, the Buffanblu quickly put to bed any sort of drama – or fun, that could have been in the state championship.
It is clear year in and out that the Buffanblu are the team to beat in Baseball. Regular season records fall by the waist side come tournament time. Punahou proves it every year.
Results from the 3rd, 5th and 7th place games…
Third place: Mid-Pacific 8, Saint Louis 5
Fifth place: Kailua 8, No. 1 Pearl City 2
Seventh place: Moanalua 7, Mililani 7