High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Luke Fernandes

Maine Baseball POY: Luke Fernandes

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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: Luke Fernandes

THE BASICS

School: Marshwood (South Berwick, Maine)
Grade: Senior
Position: RHP/SS
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 170 pounds

THE PILLARS

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.

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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.

Luke Fernandes

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.

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