Punahou Wins HHSAA State Baseball Championship

Shortly before the varsity boys baseball team left for the state tournament on May 7, they got a pep talk from one of their biggest fans – Punahou President Jim Scott ’70. Scott played baseball when he was in high school, and he reminded the team that they play not only for each other, but for the guys who came before them.

This year’s tournament took place in Wailuku, Maui. In Punahou’s first game, the team defeated Kaiser High School in the quarterfinals. The Buff ’n Blue then advanced past Hilo High School in the semifinals to earn a place in championship game against Mililani High School.

The Trojans jumped out to an early 2 – 1 lead, but a 3-run second inning put Punahou up 4 – 2. The team held on for a final score of 7 – 3 to win its first State baseball championship since 2010.

“I’m really proud of the team,” said Coach Keenan Sue ’97. “They represented themselves well and embodied the principles we stand for – opportunity, attitude, humility and unity.”

After being presented with the championship trophy, the team presented it to Scott, who had made the trip to Maui to lend his support to the team. “It was important for us to hand Jim one last championship trophy before his retirement,” Sue said.

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