Monday, May 14, 2012
Eye on POY: Nevada Baseball
By Joel Beck
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.
Joey Gallo Senior third baseman/RHP, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)
2012 Team record: 37-3
2012 Team standing: Will begin Class 4A state tournament on May 17
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Louisiana State
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Rated No. 5 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Went 5-for-5 with four HRs with eight RBIs in a win over Clark (Las Vegas); 2011 Team MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; Helped Bishop Gorman to sixth straight Class 4A state title in 2011
Evan Van Hoosier
Senior second baseman, Green Valley (Henderson)
2012 Team record: 20-16
2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 4A Regional Tournament
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2012 Southeast Player of the Year
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.