Eye on POY: Arkansas Baseball

May, 15, 2012
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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.

Trey Killian
Senior RHP, Mountain Home (AR)

2012 Team record:17-15
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 8-1
2012 ERA: 0.88
2012 Strikeouts: 138
2012 Innings Pitched: 64

2012 Batting average: .303
2012 RBI: 21
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2011 First Team All-Conference

Tanner Ring
Senior RHP/shortstop, Batesville (AR)

2012 Team record: 19-9
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 5A state tournament

2012 W-L record: 9-1
2012 ERA: 1.09
2012 Strikeouts: 78
2012 Innings Pitched: 45

2012 Batting average: .439
2012 RBI: 20
2012 Runs: 17

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference

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.

Clayton Booth: Senior outfielder/pitcher, Little Rock Central (AR)
Blake Baxendale: Senior catcher/first baseman, Rogers Heritage (Rogers)
D'Vone McClure: Senior outfielder, Jacksonville (AR)

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.

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