Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Rhode Island Baseball POY: David Hopkins
By Ben Rohrbach
A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011-12 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For his 47 fellow Gatorade State Baseball Player of the Year winners, click here.
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Athletic achievement: Hopkins led the Avengers to a 9-10 record and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 29. A returning First Team All-State and two-time First Team All-Division selection, he batted .370 with one home run and 18 RBI through his first 19 games. Hopkins collected 20 walks and scored 19 runs while producing a .551 on-base percentage and .537 slugging percentage. He owned a 4-4 record with a 3.50 ERA and 51 strikeouts against 14 walks in 48 innings pitched.
Academic excellence: Hopkins has maintained a 3.16 GPA in the classroom and represents one of the state’s top academic candidates in meeting the Gatorade Award’s broad criteria.
Exemplary character: A survivor of leukemia, he has donated his time as a youth sports instructor for the past two summers.
“He’s a pretty special kid,” said East Greenwich head coach Bob Downey. “He’s our best player and our best hitter. He’s a better shortstop than he is a pitcher, and he’s a pretty good pitcher. He carries us at times. He does all the little things. He gives us a chance to win every time he takes the field, and we’ve faced some wicked competition. Our guys really look up to him.”
THE FUTURE: Hopkins has verbally committed to play baseball on scholarship at the University of Rhode Island beginning in the fall of 2013.