A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Adam Schaly
School: Ashland (Ohio)
Weight: 195 pounds
Athletic achievement: Schaly posted an 11-0 record, a 0.20 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 65 innings, leading the Arrows (23-4) to the Division I regional final this past season. The 2011 Ohio Cardinal Conference Player of the Year, he also batted .403 with 18 RBI and 24 runs scored.
Academic excellence: Schaly has maintained a 3.82 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community, he has volunteered locally preparing meals at an area homeless shelter and as a youth baseball coach.
“Adam Schaly is by far the best pitcher I have ever coached,” said Ashland head coach Rob Lavengood. “He’s also leading our team in hitting and is a superb defensive first baseman and right fielder. He is the whole package.”
THE FUTURE: Schaly has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Stetson University this fall.