Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Eye on POY: Arkansas 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.
Trey Killian Senior RHP, Mountain Home (AR)
2012 Team record:17-15
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A quarterfinals
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Arkansas State
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference
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.
Clayton Booth: Senior outfielder/pitcher, Little Rock Central (AR)
Blake Baxendale: Senior catcher/first baseman, Rogers Heritage (Rogers)
D'Vone McClure: Senior outfielder, Jacksonville (AR)
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.