Sugita earns first MCAC player-of-the-week honors for Vermilion

March 29, 2021

Terren Sugita

There’s hot. And then there’s Terren Sugita.

The Vermilion College baseball player from Anchorage hit a scorching .522 over six games to earn player-of-the-week honors in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

Sugita went 12-for-23 at the plate with three home runs and 13 RBIs. The freshman infielder also smacked three doubles and scored eight runs.

His hot hitting led his team to a 5-1 record on the week.

“Just the beginning,” he wrote on Twitter.

Sugita, of South High fame, leads the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in home runs and RBIs.

He’s also pitched in three games and is tied for the league lead with one save.

The crafty right-hander has made three appearances and racked up five strikeouts in 3.2 innings.

His save came in an 11-10 win over Rainy River. He started the game at designated hitter and finished it on the mound, coming in relief in the seventh inning to close it out and bail out a teammate who surrendered four runs in the frame. He retired three of four batters he faced.

Sugita leads his team with a .452 batting average in nine games. He has base hits in eight of those games, including a double in just his second game back on the field in two years since high school.