Eye on POY: Wisconsin Baseball

May, 27, 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.

Kyle Cody
Senior RHP/first baseman, McDonell Central Catholic (Chippewa Falls)

2012 Team record: 14-6
2012 Team standing: Will begin Division IV Sectional Tournament on May 29

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 0.76
2012 Strikeouts: 74
2012 Innings: 37

2012 Batting average: .419
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 11

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Kentucky

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

Nathan Mikolas
Senior first baseman, Bradford (Kenosha)

2012 Team record: 17-3
2012 Team standing: Will begin Division I Sectional Tournament on May 29

2012 Batting average: .500
2012 RBI: 15
2012 Runs: 23

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Louisville

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Area Code Games participant; 2011 First Team All-State

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.

Grant Yost: Senior RHP, Appleton North (WI)
Sam Hurt: Junior infielder/outfielder, Eua Claire North (WI)
Bill Brookshaw: Senior infielder, Prescott (WI)

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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