High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jordan Bean

New Hampshire Baseball POY: Jordan Bean

May, 30, 2012
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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.

THE WINNER: Jordan Bean

THE BASICS

School: St. Thomas Aquinas (Dover, N.H.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Right-handed pitcher
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 175 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Bean led the Saints to a 15-1 record entering the Division 2 state tournament, scheduled to begin Thursday. Through 16 games, he owned a 5-0 record and a 1.29 ERA on the mound along with a .463 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Bean is a three-time All-State selection.

Academic excellence: Bean has maintained a 4.30 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A peer tutor in his school, he has volunteered locally on behalf of food drives to benefit the needy, youth baseball programs and in association with his church’s vacation Bible school.

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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.

Jordan Bean
Senior Pitcher/Shortstop, St. Thomas Aquinas High (Dover, NH)

2012 Team record: 12-0
2012 Team standing: First place in Div. 2

2012 Batting average: .469
2012 RBI: 12
2012 Runs: 13

2012 W-L record: 4-0
2012 ERA: 1.68
2012 Strikeouts: 45

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Tufts

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Helped end Portsmouth's national-record 89-game winning streak; Three-time All-State selection.

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