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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 9:50 p.m., Wednesday, May 17, 2006

State high school baseball update

By Brandon Masuoka
Advertiser Staff Writer

WAILUKU, Maui — A rematch between two-time defending state baseball champion Punahou and 2005 state runner-up Kailua will have to wait another day.

Heavy rains tonight turned Iron Maehara Stadium into a muddy mess and forced officials to suspend the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championships midway through the four-game opening round.

"The field is unplayable, particularly around the first base area," said HHSAA Executive Director Keith Amemiya, who added the county did not have enough drying materials for the field. "The teams were having difficulty running the basepaths, and playing defense in the infield because it was so muddy."

The Punahou-Kailua game is scheduled to resume at 9 a.m. tomorrow with Punahou leading visiting Kailua, 6-3, entering the bottom of the fourth inning. That game will be immediately followed by the first-round matchup between Maui and Castle.

Admission will not be charged for the Punahou-Kailua and Maui-Castle games. The stadium will be cleared for the quarterfinal games, and admission will be charged thereafter, Amemiya said.

The consolation game between the losers of the Punahou-Kailua game and Maui-Castle game originally scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow will be rescheduled at a site and time to be announced, Amemiya said.

State Baseball Tournament

Opening round

Waiakea 3, Moanalua 2: Daren Takasaki fired a two-hitter and Waiakea rallied past Moanalua in the opening round of the Wally Yonamine Foundation/HHSAA Baseball State Championship at Iron Maehara Stadium.

The Warriors (10-2) advance to tomorrow's 7 o'clock quarterfinal against Maui Interscholastic League champion and third-seeded Baldwin (11-1).

Kaiser 10, Waimea 3: Nanea Baird went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Toby Inouye and Andy Uehara combined on a seven-hitter as Kaiser routed Waimea in a first-round game.

Kaiser (12-2) will play Interscholastic League of Honolulu champion and second-seeded Kamehameha-O'ahu (12-8) tomorrow at 2 p.m.