‘Iolani’s Micah Yonamine was chosen as the Gatorade Hawaii Baseball Player of the Year, the Gatorade Company announced Thursday.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
A 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior catcher and infielder, Yonamine led the Raiders to a 12-7 record and a third-place finish in the ILH, batting .500 with 11 home runs, 34 RBIs and a 1.150 slugging percentage.
A member of the Japanese National Honor Society, he has volunteered as an elementary school tutor and on behalf of a youth literacy outreach program.
“Micah Yonamine is one of the best hitters we’ve seen in the last 10 years and appears to be a great leader among his peers,” Punahou head coach Keenan Sue said. “We are from rival high schools, but it is always a pleasure to see Micah play the game.”
Yonamine has a 3.77 grade-point average, according to the Gatorade Company. He has signed a letter of intent to play baseball on scholarship at Illinois State in the fall.
Recent Gatorade Hawaii Baseball Players of the Year:
>> 2019: Micah Yonamine, ‘Iolani
>> 2018: Stone Parker, Kailua
>> 2017: Joey Cantillo, Kailua
>> 2016: Alex Oley, Mid-Pacific
>> 2015: Noah Shackles, Mid-Pacific
>> 2014: Kodi Medeiros, Waiakea