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/Shortstop, St. Thomas Aquinas High (Dover, NH)
2012 Team record: 12-0
2012 Team standing: First place in Div. 2
2012 Batting average: .469
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 13
2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 1.68
2012 Strikeouts: 45
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tufts
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Helped end Portsmouth's national-record 89-game winning streak; Three-time All-State selection.
Senior Pitcher, Nashua North High (Nashua, NH)
2012 Team record: 12-4
2012 Team standing: Tied for first in Div. 1
2012 W-L record: 5-1
2012 ERA: 0.84
2012 Strikeouts: 41
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Hartford
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Won Div. I state title game as a junior; Season WHIP of 0.84.
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.
Dan Kinnon: Senior Outfielder/Pitcher, Londonderry High (Londonderry, NH)
Graham McIntire: Senior Shortstop, Concord High (Concord, NH)
Joe McCarthy: Senior Pitcher, Bishop Guertin High (Nashua, NH)
Dan Peters: Senior Pitcher, Salem High (Salem, NH)
Eddie Dionne: Senior Pitcher/Outfielder, Concord High (Concord, NH)
Rick Holt: Junior Pitcher, Portsmouth High (Portsmouth, NH)
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