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.
Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, Marshwood High (South Berwick, ME)
2012 Team record: 10-2
2012 Team standing: First in Class A West
2012 Batting average: .421
2012 RBI: 10
2012 Runs: 12
2012 W-L record: 3-1
2012 ERA: 1.57
2012 Strikeouts: 41
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Boston College
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Northeast.
That being said, the state’s ESPNHS preseason All-State selections are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade State Football Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …