Waiakea’s Quest for State Baseball Berth on Hold
Waiakea’s quest to earn a spot in the Wally Yonamine Foundation/Hawai’i High School Athletic Association State Baseball Championships has been put on hold for a second straight day.
Waiakea’s game at Pahoa was rained out Wednesday, and poor field conditions forced another postponement on Thursday.
Both teams will take another swing at getting the game in on Friday. According to Waiakea athletic director Thomas Correa, the game will be moved to Waiakea High School’s baseball field. Game time is still scheduled for 3 p.m.
Waiakea (7-1) has already clinched a share of the Big Island Interscholastic Federation regular season championship and the top seed in next week’s league semifinals. A win against the Daggers would give the Warriors the regular season championship outright, meaning the first of two state tournament berths would be claimed. It the Warriors lose, they would need Kealakehe to lose Saturday against Hilo to get the state berth.
Friday’s game holds significant meaning for Pahoa as well. Regardless of what happens against Waiakea, the Daggers have a chance to claim the final spot in the league semifinals. Pahoa hosts Hawai’i Preparatory Academy on Saturday afternoon in what amounts to a winner-take-all showdown for the right to face Kamehameha-Hawai’i in the opening round of the league tournament.
Pahoa (1-6) would tie Hawai’i Prep (2-6) with a win, and then own the head-to-head tiebreaker to get the berth.