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Sunday, May 27, 2012
Eye on POY: Oklahoma 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.

Taylor Hawkins
Senior catcher/outfielder, Carl Albert (Midwest City)

2012 Team record: 36-3
2012 Team standing: Won Class 5A state title

2012 Batting average: .368
2012 Home runs: 28
2012 RBI: 80
2012 Runs: 55

Academics: Baverage
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2009-2011 First Team All-Conference; 2012 Louisville Slugger All-American

Ty Hensley
Senior RHP/third baseman, Edmond Santa Fe (Edmond)

2012 Team record: 30-9
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A semifinals

2012 W-L record: 10-0
2012 ERA: 1.52
2012 Strikeouts: 111
2012 Innings: 55.33

2012 Batting average:
.447
2012 RBI: 41
2012 OPS: 1.489

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Under Armour All-American; 2011 Team USA member; ; No. 26 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS;

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.

Jacob Evans: Senior LHP/first baseman, Broken Arrow (OK)
Gavin LaValley: Sophomore outfielder, Carl Albert (Midwest City)
Trey Michalczewski: Junior shortstop, Jenks (OK)

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.