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: Robert Kaminsky
School: St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.)
Weight: 188 pounds
Athletic achievement: Kaminsky led the Green Knights to a 20-5 record entering the Non-Public, North A tournament quarterfinals, scheduled for May 29. A Preseason First Team All-American as named by Perfect Game USA, he owned a 7-1 record with a 0.00 ERA and 90 strikeouts against just 13 walks in 46 innings pitched through his first 25 games. Kaminsky threw six shutouts and three no-hitters in his first eight starts. He batted .416 with one home run and 18 RBI. A returning First Team All-Bergen County selection, Kaminsky produced a .597 slugging percentage.
Academic excellence: Kaminsky has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has donated his time at a local food pantry and volunteered on behalf of the Ho-Ho-Kus Volunteer Ambulance Corps as an EMT.
“He has displayed the will to win,” said Scott Luna, head coach at rival Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.). “He has displayed professionalism on and off the field. He has respect for his teammates as well as opposing players and their coaches. His approach to the game and his work ethic is outstanding.”
THE FUTURE: Kaminsky will begin his senior year of high school this fall.