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Saturday, May 26, 2012
Eye on POY: Ohio 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.

Jacob Bosiokovic
Senior shortstop, Hayes (Delaware)

2012 Team record: 13-13
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I district tournament

2012 Batting average: .569
2012 RBI: 27
2012 Runs: 24
2012 Stolen bases: 13

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Ohio State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2012 First Team All-District; 2012 First Team All-League

Adam Schaly
Senior LHP/outfielder/first baseman, Ashland (OH)

2012 Team record: 23-5
2012 Team standing: Lost in Division I regional championship

2012 W-L record: 11-0
2012 ERA: 0.20
2012 Strikeouts: 125
2012 Innings: 65

2012 Batting average: .403
2012 RBI: 18
2012 Runs: 24

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stetson

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Ohio Baseball Coaches Association Mizuno All-Star selection; 2011 District Player of the Year; 2011 Conference Player of the Year; 2011 Second Team All-State

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.

Tom Stoffell: Senior outfielder, Northmont (OH)
Cassidy Brown: Junior catcher, Walsh Jesuit (Cuyahoga Falls)
Taylore Cherry: Senior RHP, Vandalia Butler (Vandalia)

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.