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Eye on POY: Nevada Baseball

5/15/2012

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.

Joey Gallo

Senior third baseman/RHP, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

2012 Team record: 37-3

2012 Team standing: Will begin Class 4A state tournament on May 17

2012 Batting average: .519

2012 HR: 20

2012 RBI: 79

2012 Runs: 63

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Louisiana State

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Rated No. 5 in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; Went 5-for-5 with four HRs with eight RBIs in a win over Clark (Las Vegas); 2011 Team MVP; 2011 First Team All-State; Helped Bishop Gorman to sixth straight Class 4A state title in 2011

Evan Van Hoosier

Senior second baseman, Green Valley (Henderson)

2012 Team record: 20-16

2012 Team standing: Lost in first round of Class 4A Regional Tournament

2012 Batting average: .567

2012 RBI: 36

2012 Runs: 44

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: UNLV

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2012 Southeast Player of the Year

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.

Zach Quintana: Senior RHP/INF, Arbor View (Las Vegas)

A.J. Van Meetren: Senior outfielder, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Dillon Fahr: Senior outfielder, Coronado (Henderson)

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.