High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Luke Fernandes
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THE WINNER: Luke Fernandes
School: Marshwood (South Berwick, Maine)
Weight: 170 pounds
Athletic achievement: Fernandes led the Hawks to a 13-2 record entering the regular-season finale against Sanford, scheduled for May 29. Through 15 games, he owned a 4-1 record and a 1.83 ERA on the mound along with a .404 batting average with 14 RBI at the plate. Fernandes recorded 47 strikeouts against just four walks in 30.2 innings pitched. A three-time First Team All-State honoree, he was also a Rawlings/Perfect Game First Team All-Region selection.
Academic excellence: Fernandes has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of his school’s wellness council, he has volunteered locally on behalf of youth baseball and basketball programs.
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.