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.
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THE WINNER: Blake McFadden
School: Savannah (Mo.)
Weight: 200 pounds
Athletic achievement: McFadden led the Savages (23-4) to the Class 3 state semifinals against Lutheran South (St. Louis, Mo.), scheduled for Friday. He owned a 9-0 record with a 0.16 ERA and 116 strikeouts in 57 innings through 27 games. A 2011 Under Armour All-American game selection, McFadden also batted .391 with 25 RBI and a 1.051 OPS.
Academic excellence: McFadden has maintained a 3.95 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Special Olympics and as part of a literacy-outreach program.
“Blake McFadden has devoted many hours to making himself a better player and he carries himself with class,” said Mike Musser, head coach at Benton (St. Joseph, Mo.). “He is the type of player that all coaches instruct their younger players to watch and mold themselves after. He does it right and people will be talking about him from years to come.”
THE FUTURE: McFadden has signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball on an athletic scholarship at Kansas State University this fall.