Eye on POY: South Carolina Baseball

May, 25, 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.

Jamie Callahan
Senior right-handed pitcher, Dillon (S.C.)

2012 Team record: 17-4
2012 Team standing: Lost in second round Class AA Lower State tournament

2012 W-L record: 7-1
2012 ERA: 0.89
2012 Strikeouts: 113
2012 Innings: 50

2012 Batting average: .439
2012 RBI: 32
2012 Runs: 28

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Under Armour All-American; Ranked No 57 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS.

Austin LaBounty
Senior RHP/outfielder, Gilbert (S.C.)

2012 Team record: 25-1
2012 Team standing: Won Class AA state title

2012 Batting average: .453
2012 RBI: 38
2012 Runs: 23

2012 W-L record: 8-0
2012 ERA: 2.01
2012 Strikeouts: 47
2012 Innings: 45.67

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: South Carolina

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 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.

Austin Livingston: Senior RHP, Ashley Ridge (S.C.)
Alex Cunningham: Senior shortstop/RHP, Byrnes (Duncan)
David Houser: Senior catcher, AC Flora (Forest Acres)

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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