After a fun, long stretch of tournaments and workouts in the summer on the mainland, Caleb Lomavita took some rare time off.
“I took a week off. I had enjoy being a kid for once,” the Saint Louis senior said on Wednesday. “I headed to the beach, hikes, all the legal stuff (when there were no lockdowns). After that, it was back to the grind. I started workouts with my weightlifting coach in town, Marcus Kimura. Since then, I’ve been working out every day. I haven’t stopped.”
Also on Wednesday, the versatile, power-hitting catcher/third baseman/outfielder/pitcher talked about his recent signing with the University of California. Saint Louis hosted a ceremony at the new Clarence T.C. Ching Athletic Center for Lomavita and football player Kalan Ellis, who signed with Syracuse.
“Committing (and signing) with a college like Cal Berkeley is, no matter if I go there for sports or education, I can always fall back on the education part because their academics is high over there,” said Lomavita, who was flanked by his mother (Kehaulani) and father (Sione). “I’m sure that if I graduate from there, there’s a lot of opportunities for me after I graduate.”
The Star-Advertiser All-State performer does some of his best work in the classroom. Lomavita has a 3.93 grade-point average.
Back in the summer, Lomavita ended a long stretch of no competition on the diamond. Two months on the West Coast, playing in tournaments like the Area Code games, filled that void caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s back to repetition. Rep after rep.
“I have a cage at my cousin’s house (Aydan Lobetos). There’s no pitching machine, just soft toss, but there’s a complex that opened up in Waipahu that I’ve been going to. It’s beautiful. It’s like Disneyland for a baseball player,” he said. “They’re using the hit tracks and Rapsodo.”
Last season’s baseball schedule was wrecked after one week of regular-season play by coronavirus. After the upcoming season, fingers crossed, Lomavita will be one of many island prospects paying close attention to the Major League Baseball draft, which will begin on July 11.
He is not shy about his favorite MLB team.
“Right now? I just go for the team that’s winning, so the (Los Angeles) Dodgers right now. They’re pretty hot. When they’re doing good, they’re fun to watch, so you might as well make it your favorite team,” Lomavita said.
His heart remains set on catching at the next level.
“Controlling the game, yep. Being the unsung hero,” he said.
Aside from workouts, beach and hikes, there won’t be any other ventures.
“Nothing new. Can’t really explore the world yet. I’m still being locked down by my mom,” he said.