BIIF Baseball Championships Set
Kamehameha-Hawai`i swept Honoka`a Tuesday afternoon to complete the pairings for next week’s Big Island Interscholastic Federation baseball championships at Wong Stadium.
The Warriors defeated Honoka`a 10-0 and 12-2 to advance to next week’s championship series against Hawai`i Preparatory Academy. Both games ended in five innings after the league’s mercy rule was applied.
The games were played at Walter Victor Stadium in Hilo after Kamehameha-Hawai`i athletic director Kimo Weaver announced a day earlier that its on-campus site, Kame’eiamoku Field, remained unplayable because of rainfall over the weekend. The field conditions initially prompted the series to be postponed last Saturday.
HPA clinched its spot in the championship series by defeating Konawaena in three games. Both teams split games Friday before HPA clinched the series on Monday.
Kamehameha-Hawai`i and Hawai`i Prep will meet next Tuesday in the best-of three BIIF Division II Championships at Wong Stadium. The two teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. If a split is achieved, a third game will be scheduled for next Thursday, also at 3:00 p.m.
The Division I championship series was finalized last weekend. Top-seeded Waiakea swept fourth seed Kea`au to advance to next Wednesday’s championship doubleheader. Hilo will oppose the Warriors after sweeping Kealakehe at Wong Stadium Sunday.
The league adopted the new best-of three semifinal and championship format this season to go along with a change to the regular season format. The outright regular season champions, Waiakea in Division I and Kamehameha-Hawai`i in Division II, have already clinched berths to the Wally Yonamine Foundation / Hawai`i High School Athletic Association Baseball Championships on Oahu.