- Brendan C. Hall, Reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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This morning, Gatorade Players of the Year for baseball were unveiled in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For Massachusetts, Plymouth North's Joe Walsh took the honor.
Here are the winners for the five other New England states:
RHODE ISLAND: GIAN MARTELLINI, BISHOP HENDRICKEN
The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year had led the Hawks to a 15-0 record at the time of his selection. A 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior catcher, Martellini batted .500 with one home run and 21 RBI through 15 games. The Perfect Game USA Preseason Honorable Mention All-American also scored 12 runs and worked 14 walks, recording a .607 on-base percentage. A returning First Team All-State honoree, he started for Bishop Hendricken’s 2013 Division I state championship team as a sophomore.
Martellini has maintained a 3.06 GPA in the classroom. In addition to donating his time as a youth baseball instructor, he has volunteered on behalf of Habitat for Humanity and his school’s peer-mentoring program for students with educational and developmental disabilities.
“Gian is an outstanding catching prospect,” said Bishop Hendricken head coach Ed Holloway. “He is big and strong and has very good baseball skills. He has a strong, accurate arm. And he receives and blocks well. He has tremendous upside, since this is only his third year catching. He hits for power, average and is a clutch RBI hitter. He has matured so much as a player and person over the last year.”
Martellini has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.
Two-time winner Martellini joins recent Gatorade Rhode Island Baseball Players of the Year Mike King (2012-13, Bishop Hendricken High School), David Hopkins (2011-12, East Greenwich High School), Harrison Barlow (2010–11, South Kingstown High School), Anthony Aceto (2009-10, North Providence), Ryan Morris (2008–09, North Kingstown), and Ryan Westmoreland (2007-08 & 2006-07, Portsmouth) among the state’s list of former award winners.
Bishop Hendricken has seen numerous players win Gatorade Player of the Year throughout its history:
2012-13 - Mike King RHP/OF
2004-05 - Jeffrey Beliveau, CF/P
2002-03 - Jay Rainville, P, 3B
2001-02 - Craig Stinson, C
1999-00 - Rocco Baldelli, OF
1998-99 - Jason Henderson, RHP, 1B
1996-97 - Neal McCarthy, OF
1992-93 - Sean Dune, P
CONNECTICUT: JIMMY TITUS, EAST CATHOLIC
The 6-foot, 185-pound junior shortstop and right-handed pitcher had led the Eagles to a 16-1 record at the time of his selection. Through 17 games, Titus owned a .458 batting average with four home runs, 14 RBI and a .917 slugging percentage. He also posted one win and three saves with a 0.00 ERA as East Catholic’s closer, striking out 13 and surrendering just three hits in nine innings. Titus was a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-American.
Titus has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally coaching youth baseball players and assisting the disabled with MARC, Inc. of Manchester.
“Titus is a hard-nosed ballplayer who plays the game the right way,” said Marc DiDominzio, head coach at Manchester High. “He makes plays that most shortstops can’t even think about making. Offensively, he’s able to hit for power, work a walk, drive the ball the other way, and he runs the bases exceptionally well.”
Titus will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: CASEY AUBIN, OYSTER RIVER
The 6-foot, 190-pound senior right-handed pitcher and first baseman had led the Bobcats to an 11-1 record at the time of his selection. Aubin owned a 6-0 record with a 0.68 ERA through 12 games, to go with a .441 batting average and 12 RBI. He recorded 63 strikeouts in 41 innings pitched, surrendering just 17 hits and just four walks. A First Team All-State honoree, Aubin was also a Perfect Game Honorable Mention Preseason All-Northeast Region selection.
Aubin has maintained a 3.58 GPA in the classroom. Also an ice hockey standout, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs.
“We knew Aubin was very good, and he proved it,” said Adam Lawrence, head coach at Goffstown High. “He’s very efficient on the mound and he pounds the strike zone. He’s always around the plate, which keeps their defense ready too.”
Aubin has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst this fall.
MAINE: ZACH QUINTAL, MARSHWOOD
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound senior right-handed pitcher and third baseman had led the Hawks to an 8-2 record at the time of his selection. Quintal owned a 4-1 record and a 0.75 ERA through 10 games, along with a .414 batting average. A First Team All-State honoree, he is also a two-time All-Conference selection and was named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Maine Second Team.
Quintal has maintained a B average in the classroom. A mentor for elementary school students, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs.
“Quintal isn’t only a gifted baseball player, but he plays the game the right way,” said Brody Artes, head coach at Windham High. “He always seems to find a way to get on base and put pressure on his opponents.”
Quintal has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Maine this fall.
VERMONT: RAYNE SUPPLE, CHAMPLAIN VALLEY UNION
The 6-foot-3, 193-pound senior right-handed pitcher and shortstop had led the Redhawks to an 11-1 record at the time of his selection. The state’s returning Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year, Supple owned a 3-0 record with a 0.51 ERA through 12 games to go with a .500 batting average and 18 RBI. He recorded 40 strikeouts in 27.1 inning-pitched, surrendering just eight hits. A First Team All-Metro honoree, he is also a Perfect Game First Team Preseason All-Northeast Region selection and was named to the USA TODAY’s American Family Insurance ALL-USA Vermont Baseball First Team.
Supple has maintained a 3.28 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball programs and anti-bullying initiatives.
“Supple is the hardest thrower in the state and a really solid overall pitcher,” said Luke Goyette, head coach at South Burlington High. “He has great tools and he’s made some solid adjustments. I think he’s really come into his own this year.”
Supple has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Wake Forest University this fall.
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