Aiva Arquette’s week was just about perfect, but landing most valuable player honors at the Hawaii Sandlot Classic is a nice landing.
The selection results were announced on Tuesday night. A panel of 14 observers were involved with the selections, Classic organizer Ikaika Du Pont said.
The Saint Louis junior-to-be batted .600 (6-for-10) during the three-game event at Hans L’Orange Park with two triples, a double, three RBIs and four runs scored while drawing three walks and a hit by pitch. His .692 on-base percentage was key as the leadoff hitter for Team ‘Elima, which defeated Team ‘Ekahi in the tourney final on Friday, 5-4.
Arquette, a 6-foot-3 shortstop, also pitched one scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
Most valuable pitcher honors went to Tommy Tereschuk of Radford and Shaydan Lovediro of Kamehameha. Tereschuk pitched for Team ‘Ekahi in two of its three games. His first appearance was two scoreless innings against Team ‘Elua. He permitted just two hits, struck out four and walked two.
His ‘Ekahi teammate, Lovediro, went three scoreless frames in the same game with one hit, two K’s and one walk issued.
A day later, Lovediro notched two innings against Team ‘Ekolu and allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout and four walks.
On Friday, in the final against Team ‘Elima, Tereschuk went 3 2/3 innings and had the lead when he departed. He surrendered just one run on three hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. Lovediro made his third appearance in as many days and went 2/3 of an inning, allowing no runs and no hits with one strikeout and one walk.
For the tourney, Tereschuk had an ERA of 1.24. The senior-to-be pitched 5 2/3 innings and permitted one run on five hits with 11 strikeouts and four walks. His fastball was recorded between 84 and 87 mph during the tourney by Five Tool Hawaii. He did not record a win or loss.
Lovediro, also a senior-to-be, also had an ERA of 1.24. He also went 5 2/3 innings in the Classic. He allowed one run on two hits with four strikeouts and six walks. He was 1-0, posting the win against ‘Elua.
Four players were selected as the Classic’s most valuable hitters:
>> Brock Perreira, Kaiser (‘Ehiku). Perreira batted .429 with a double, five RBIs and a run scored. He also walked three times and finished the tourney with a .600 OBP.
>> Kaikea Harrison, Punahou (‘Ehiku). The dazzling shortstop batted .500 (4-8) with a triple, three RBIs and four runs scored. He also walked twice and finished with a .600 OBP.
>> Joshua Aribal, Pearl City (‘Ewalu). The versatile Charger batted .625, including a 3-for-3 game against ‘Eono. He socked a home run, drove in four runs and scored four times. He also walked twice for an OBP of .700 and stole two bases.
Aribal also pitched five innings on the final day, allowing one run on two hits with six K’s and three walks in victory.
>> Noah Hata, Maryknoll (‘Elima). Hata batted .444 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored. He also walked three times for a .583 OBP and stole a base.
Most valuable catcher honors went to Hunter Faildo of Mililani (‘Ekolu) and Gavin Buchanan of Radford (‘Elima). Faildo went 3-for-3 against ‘Ehiku to finish .400 (4-for-10) at the plate with a double, RBI and walk.
Buchanan batted .333 (3-9) with a double, RBI and run scored.
Shortstop Jeremiah Lono of Kapolei was selected for the Classic’s Gold Glove award.