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Eye on POY: Hawaii Baseball

The window on the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Quintin Costa-Torres

Senior LHP/outfielder, Waiakea (Hilo)

2012 Team record: 20-0

2012 Team standing: Won Division I state title

2012 W-L record: 7-0

2012 ERA: 0.13

2012 Strikeouts: 66

2012 Batting average: .438

2012 Runs: 23

2012 OPS: 1.223

Collegiate destination: Hawaii

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 All-Tournament Team; 2012 First Team All-State; 2012 First Team All-League

Travis Garcia-Pereira

Senior LHP/outfielder/ first baseman, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

2012 Team record: 15-3

2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 4-2

2012 ERA: 1.74

2012 Strikeouts: 31

2012 Batting average: .490

2012 RBI: 17

2012 OPS: 1.181

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Arizona Western College

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 First Team All-State; 2012 First Team All-League

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Marcus Doi: Junior outfielder, Mid-Pacific Institute (Honolulu)

Keenan Lum: Senior RHP, Kamehameha (Honolulu)

Brandon Kaupe: Senior RHP, Baldwin (Wailuku)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.