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

Danny Hoy
Senior shortstop, Germantown Academy (Fort Washington)

2012 Team record: 20-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Pennsylavania Independent Schools tournament quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .464
2012 RBI: 29
2012 Runs: 49

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Princeton

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2010 and 2010 First Team All-League

Kenny Koplove
Senior RHP/shortstop, William Penn Charter School (Philadelphia)

2012 Team record: 20-4
2012 Team standing: Will play in Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament semifinals on May 27.

2012 W-L record: 9-1
2012 ERA: 2.06
2012 Strikeouts: 80
2012 Innings: 48

2012 Batting average: .347
2012 RBI: 19
2012 Runs: 18

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Duke

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2009-2011 First Team All-State; 2009 and 2010 League MVP; 2011 Area Code Games Participant; 2009-2011 First Team All-City

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.

Joe DeCarlo: Senior infielder, Garnet Valley (Glen Mills)
Joe Ravert: Senior infielder/RHP, Malvern Prep (Malvern)
Preston Bare: Senior outfielder, Palmyra (PA)

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