High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Petal High

Eye on POY: Mississippi Baseball

May, 17, 2012
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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.

Anthony Alford
Senior outfielder, Petal (MS)

2012 Team record: 23-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A quarterfinals

2012 Batting average: .483
2012 RBI: 31
2012 Runs: 39
2012 Stolen Bases: 14

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Southern Mississippi (football)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2011 First Team All-State; 2011 Under Armour All-American; No. 48 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNHS; No. 82 Ranked Prospect in the Class of 2012 by Perfect Game

Larson Barkurn
Junior RHP/third baseman, Petal (MS)

2012 Team record: 23-7
2012 Team standing: Lost in Class 6A quarterfinals

2012 W-L record: 10-0
2012 ERA: 2.93
2012 Strikeouts: 80
2012 Innings: 70.67

2012 Batting average: .462
2012 RBI: 39
2012 Runs: 16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: 2012 Region 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.

Chase Nyman: Senior shortstop, Pascagoula
Zach Irwin: Senior LHP/first baseman, Madison Central
Colton Caver: Senior outfielder, Gulfport

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.

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