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: Luke Fernandes
School: Marshwood (South Berwick, Maine)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: Fernandes led the Hawks to a 13-2 record entering the regular-season finale against Sanford, scheduled for May 29. Through 15 games, he owned a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound along with a .404 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Fernandes recorded 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 30.2 innings pitched. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he was also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Region selection.
Academic excellence: Fernandes has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s wellness council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.
“Fernandes has an above-average fastball, a very good breaking ball and he understands what pitching is all about,” said Marc Boissonneault, head coach at Sanford (Maine). “When he’s on the mound he’s in command of everything around him. He’s also one of the tougher outs in the league -- just a good, solid, all-around ballplayer.”
THE FUTURE: Fernandes has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on scholarship at Boston College this fall.