PEORIA, Ariz. — The Arizona Senior Fall Classic kicked off Oct. 11 at the Peoria Sports Complex, home of the Mariners and Padres spring training facilities in Peoria, Ariz.
While teams from the Four Corners, California and the Pacific Northwest typically dominate the event, it was a matchup between two teams from Hawaii that drew one of the largest crowds of the day.
After impressing at the Area Code Games in Southern California back in August, a trio of Hawaii commits—infielder Kean Wong, catcher Iolana Akau and outfielder Marcus Doi—stood out again Friday, showing off their abilities both in the field and at the plate.
Wong, who attends Waiakea HS in Hilo Hawaii, is the younger brother of Cardinals infielder Kolten. He displayed a quick bat, smooth stroke and feel for hitting with a sharply hit line drive into centerfield in his lone plate appearance.
Akau, from St. Louis HS in Honolulu, showcased his impressive arm behind the plate, posting pop times between 1.88 and 1.95 in warmups before popping 1.92 in-game to nab a runner attempting to steal second base. Offensively, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Akau requires some refinement however his catch-and-throw skills make him an interesting draft prospect at the very least.
Doi, who attends Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, was a late addition to the Team Hawaii Gold roster and continued to build on his impressive showcase resume, displaying above-average bat speed and foot speed. On the day, the 6 foot, 190-pounder went 1-for-2, with a single into centerfield.
The trio of Warriors commits weren't the only ones making noise in the game however.
Recent Oregon signee Mark Karaviotis from Maui HS in Kahului, Hawaii, looked very impressive at shortstop displaying smooth actions, quick hands and good athleticism. He attacks the ball in the field with a solid-average arm to finish the play. At the plate, he makes loud contact with a short, level swing and projects to hit for some power as he continues to add strength.
Righthander Alec Hansen from Loveland (Colo.) High was both erratic and stellar in an outing against D'Backs Canada West. After walking the first two batters to start the game, the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder struck out the next six batters he faced before allowing a little more contact in his third inning of work. The Oklahoma-commit sat 88-90, mixing in a 75-76 mph slider, a 65-68 mph curveball with good shape and a devastating 78 mph changeup.