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.
Senior Pitcher/First Baseman, Lexington High (Lexington, MA)
2012 Team record: 10-6
2012 Team standing: Plays Winchester, May 18
2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 20
2012 Home runs: 7
2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 1.20
2012 Strikeouts: 76
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boston College
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic; Selected to Area Code Games; Three-time All-League.
Senior Center Fielder, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge, MA)
2012 Team record: 14-4
2012 Team standing: Plays Milton, May 19
2012 Batting average: .455
2012 RBI: 23
2012 Home runs: 8
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Vanderbilt
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-American; Three-time All-League; Selected to Area Code Games; Ranked No. 42 Senior by ESPNHS.
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.
Matt Tulley: Senior Pitcher, Lowell High (Lowell, MA)
John Nicklas: Senior Pitcher, St. Sebastian's School (Needham, MA)
Dan Cellucci: Senior Shortstop, Lincoln-Sudbury High (Sudbury, MA)
Pat Delano: Senior Pitcher, Braintree High (Braintree, MA)
Ryan Sullivan: Junior Infielder, Hopkinton High (Hopkinton, MA)
Max Tishman: Senior Pitcher, Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA)
Bob Melley: Senior Catcher, BC High (Dorchester, MA)
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.