MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By: Jolanie Martinez
It's a home run for a Mid-Pacific Institute senior who received the Gatorade Hawaii Baseball Player of the Year.
Alex Oley is the ninth Mid-Pacific baseball player to be honored for his outstanding performance.
The award is from the Gatorade company that works with USA TODAY High School Sports to recognize student athletes who excel in academics and demonstrate excellent character on and off the field.
"Alex Oley exemplifies everything we hope youth players to be," said Keenan Sue, head coach at Punahou School. "He is hard working and has a positive attitude but is a fierce competitor who rises to a challenge. He is genuinely confident, yet humble and just a plain, good player."
The 5-foot-9 outfielder and left-handed pitcher has a record of 16 runs, a .638 slugging percentage, and a 5-1 record on the mound with a 2.35 ERA. Oley led the Owls to 18 wins and one loss, along with a spot in the Division I quarterfinals this past season.
In the classroom, Oley maintained a 3.49 GPA. He volunteers for Special Olympics and coaches youth baseball.
Oley will continue to pursue baseball at New Mexico State University.
Upon receiving the prestigious award, Oley is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Baseball Player of the Year.